"The world is but a canvas to our imagination." Henry David Thoreau
It's been a few years since I first visited the Smoky Mountains N.P. and my return finally occured a couple of weeks ago, even if only for a few days. The first time I was with a Tony Sweet workshop group in the spring, this time it was with my wife (her first visit) and it was the edge of Fall.
On the drive from Iowa my mind was racing about places I would visit within the park area and the wonder of whether we would be in time for Fall color. As it turned out the color was really just beginning, but apparently in a rush as certain areas seemed to change from green to Fall splashes within our time there.
The traffic was horrible during the day, but my working time of very early mornings and late afternoons was relatively quite, especially as I ventured off the main park road and onto my favorite surface of gravel. The dawn walks were as they were on my first visit...filled with facination and rejoicing as bits of color revealed themselves in the early light. It is a place of wonder and beauty and I can hardly wait to return.
My wife was awed as well, since our Fall color in Northwest Iowa is a bit more "conservavtive" with less of the reds and oranges. I was happy that we could be together in a place that I first met without her. While the workshop was a special time for me, our journey there was much more special as an act of sharing a place she had only seen in my work or heard me talk about.
Thank you all for visiting and I hope you are sharing those special moments with your loved ones as time does pass quickly. Have a good weekend and a belated thanks to those special veterans that have served this country with great honor and courage as well as their families. It's a time when I remember my fathers service and the wife that waited those long years for his return.
Sic 'em Bears...Great job winning at Oklahoma...now to finish business.
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Side Street Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa www.okobojiimages.com