Friday, May 31, 2013

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - Hike & Sketch, May 30, 2013

Since this was the first Hike & Sketch outing since January, Jenny & Sylvia eased us into the routine (we were allowed more than 20 minutes per sketch - unprecedented!) with gentle forest trails through shady, cool redwood groves; a sandbar in the San Lorenzo River with an old RR trestle; more trees (Ronald Reagan, when running for governor in 1966, was famously quoted as having said, "If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all."      If he could have joined us on our Hike & Sketch he'd undoubtedly have a different opinion --- we saw many unique redwoods and interpreted them with different mediums and in many ways); finishing up in adjacent (and civilized) Roaring Camp for lunch, a critique and one last sketch or painting.

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And for additional information about privately owned Roaring Camp, see:

photo by Jane Saltman
Over the river and through the woods and down a steep bank to a sandbar we did go .... A hike well worth the effort!   And the view upstream was just as lovely.

Marilyn Perry
I have loved Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park for decades.  It is one of my favorite places to take out of town visitors.  I rode on the passenger train which crossed this bridge when I took the Santa Cruz Beach Train from Roaring Camp to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  Thinking of that train ride made it even more fun to paint the bridge.     Marilyn 

Brad Santos
This little caboose next to a tranquil pond far removed from the commotion of "downtown" Roaring Camp looked like an inviting place to take a nap after a full day of hiking and sketching --- if only it had been open.    Brad

Sylvia Waddell
I was trying out some toned sketch paper and a water soluble wash pencil- not sure I liked it.

Jenny Tero
I used a water soluble pen and watercolor pencils for this view of the fire damaged redwoods. Jenny

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