Coming from a flat land, mostly under sea level, mountains have always intrigued me.
As a teen I dreamed of the day that I would go to Switserland and see the snow topped mountains of the Alps. I got there eventually!
Even saw the mountains of Austria twice (where the movie "Sound of Music" plays).
I became more familiar with the mountains in California, when one of hubby's customers let us stay in their weekend house during summer and winter vacations. I was a graduate student then, and having three children. We took the invitation with both hands.
We eventually ventured out to Yosemite national park and we were hooked!
When our son was 16 or 17 years old, hubby and he went on the 6 hour hike climbing Half Dome for the first time. The last half hour of this 9000 feet mountain, one has to pull himself up on a ladder. Climbers hold themselves with gloved hands to the railings.
You probably have heard of families where one is the first one ever to finish college. This climb was that big of a deal in our family! Since then hubby has made this climb 5 more times.
With in the background Half Dome, which son and hubby climbed, I conquered this mountain with the watercolor medium. I'll show you the paintings another time.
These pics are from the pre-ditigal era (about 10 years ago) - except for the last pic of El Capitain, and one can see the difference!
In the beginning of learning watercolors, I went on the daily FREE plein air trips with a teaching artist and a group of beginning artists. It was always a lot of fun. I stand in the middle and Teach has her coffee mug in hand. You see that I did not come very far with the painting in front of me. Too busy with socializing!
There's another fierce mountain called El Capitain, and one can only climb that one with professional gear. Well that must be then for the next generation in our family!