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Cloudcroft, New Mexico

October 24, 2018

While we sit here in Liberty Hill, some thirty miles northwest of Austin, Texas, watching it rain yet again, I thought I would post a painting of a place we recently visited.

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Scott Able Canyon, New Mexico

This is a spot in Scott Able Canyon outside of Cloudcroft, New Mexico.  in late September, we were invited by family to spend several days with them at a rental cabin in Cloudcroft..  The weather was mostly cool and rainy, but we still managed to get out during nice hours and let them show us around.  Cloudcroft is a tiny tourist village sitting at a little over 8600 feet elevation in the Lincoln National Forest. Nestled in the forested hills around the town are many vacation cabins and lodges, both upscale and modest.  It is a beautiful place.

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One evening, we got a remarkable view of a herd of elk feeding on a hillside.  There were a couple of times when we saw elk and deer grazing in both fields and in yards, and on one occasion, we slowed while an elk slowly made its way off the road.



And we drove up to the nearby Sunspot Solar Observatory where we caught a view of White Sands National Monument (the horizontal white streak below the blue sky under the clouds).  We lived in Ruidoso, New Mexico a number of years ago for a short time, and made the trip to White Sands. All you see in this photo is a white streak, but the huge dunes are a sight to see.

Now, about that painting… we packed a picnic lunch, took our camp chairs, and drove up to nearby Scott Able Canyon.  This is a favorite picnic spot for the family and they shared it with us.  Unfortunately, there was no water in the rocky creek, but that didn’t stop us from exploring a bit. The painting was done after Nell and I returned home and was a thank you gift for sharing one of their favorite spots with us. The little trickles of water in the painting are a bit of artist license.

To those of you who are still on the road, we wish you safe travels, and if you are wintering over somewhere, we wish you comfortable weather.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2018 6:20 am

    You’re so inspiring, the work and the travelling both. Thank you 🙂

  2. October 25, 2018 1:49 pm

    Great painting Ralph, nice color & depth.

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