Wandering Camera – Sunset Hour

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies


Welcome to October’s Wandering Camera!  I love October for many reasons, but this particular one is very special to me.  Twenty years ago, this east coast girl packed up on the last week of October and left for the west coast in pursuit of something she had read in a science fiction book.  I fell in love with the author’s description of California, and sight unseen I moved here.  I fall in love with her more with every passing day.



High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies



Last weekend we were without power for a very long time due to major Santa Ana winds.  The trees were swaying as if the ground itself was shaking them.  Colourful autumn leaves were swirling everywhere. Despite the drama, it was a tragic event, really.  I was wondering what keeps me here.



High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies


As you know, I love camping in the high sierras at 10,000 ft. for the cold weather it brings in September.  It is a respite for me from the summer heat.  Despite my wish of seeing the sun colouring the rolling clouds over the high mountains at sunrise and sunset, the day started out quite mundane.


Nonetheless, we got up before sunrise at 5:30 AM and drove up to one of the many glacial lakes to see the sun blazing on the mountains.  We were not disappointed.



High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies



As if mother Nature heard me, she started rolling in a few clouds later in the day.



Camping At The High Sierras Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies



I was trying hard not obsess about photography this time, and busied myself the next day with a bit of sketching of my new tent at the campground.



High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies



However, when the clouds continued to billow overhead, it was very hard not to heed that call.  My husband, who knows me very well, smiled and we drove to one of our favourite spots on Tioga Pass a little before sunset.



High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies



The 360-degree amphitheatre play of light, shadow, and colour unfolded around us slowly over the next hour.



High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies



The clouds turned from white to orange to purple and pink.



High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies



Then back to orange again on the other side of the mountain.



High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies



It was getting really dark around us and we were the only living beings there apart from the trees to witness the drama that only Mother Nature can create.



High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies



We finally left when the last light of the day had truly started fading away into night.  There was an intense pink glow around us still, and it was very hard to part myself from it.  Mesmerized and hypnotized, I wanted to stay there forever and become part of the mountains and the trees.


That’s why stay here in California.  I wanted to write something summarising my life here, but how do you capture twenty years of photographic journey in just one single article!  So I decided to share just one intense hour with you. 


Celebratory Giveaway


Today is my favourite holiday, plus as a celebration of life here in California, I am doing a giveaway.   This giveaway is for those who subscribe to my blog via email.  This is where I share my photos and work in context and I get to communicate with you directly and the most. Thank you for reading and for all the wonderful comments!

Please make sure you follow me and leave a comment.  If you spread the word about the giveaway online, leave another comment mentioning that.  To make things fun, tell me at least one thing that you love about where you live in the comments, I would love to know. 


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October Colours – Autumn Forest Walk


October is here.  Alongside mostly cooler days, I have spotted colour changes in the leaves here and there.  I will soon be out and about a LOT more with my camera and paintbrushes, capturing the quintessential autumnal colours and enjoying not only my favourite seasons, also my most favourite festival – Halloween!  After being homebound for close to six months during spring and summer due to severe allergies, I look forward to this every year with much excitement.

I have a few sewing projects to share with you that are made from my patterns –





The camera was made by Becky as a gift.


Kat made a bag for a secret Santa present using the Artist Paintbox pattern.






Halloween Witch Hat on Etsy



The first witch hat was made by Mary.  She used dot-to-dot quilting for it, which I found to be so unique.


The second one was made by PumpkinHollowQuilts.  She makes some of the best Halloween cross stitches and decorations.



They are all made from some of my favourite patterns, and I am delighted to be able to share them with you. 




 I made a Halloween-themed block from my Shattered Star pattern.  I earnestly meant to quilt this block by now.  Much to my chagrin, that is unfortunately not going to happen.  I am going to turn this into a pillow.

Linking up with One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty!  Great way to get those small or big finishes achieved.





Most of my things are still in boxes while we wait for a few home improvements.  I did pack some of my drawing/painting supplies in a bag since I can pretty much sit anywhere and start to draw/paint.  The only thing that could distract me is the call of the outside.




Autumn Forest Walk on Etsy


The woods around here will very soon start to display the most amazing autumnal colours.   Mother Nature uses her Midas touch to transform the area into the most vibrant shades of gold and yellow.  Even painting that transports me to a different world. 




Autumn Forest Walk on Etsy


In the spirit of sharing some of my autumn dreams with you, Autumn Forest Walk is now available in my Etsy shop. It would be a lovely fall display and perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  If you are a tree-hugger (in the most literal sense) like me, you would probably enjoy having it around all year long as I do.


To make things a little easier for the oncoming holiday season, I am doing free U.S. shipping on all of my paintings on Etsy.  I am also happy to combine shipping charges for multiple international orders.




See you on Oct. 31st for Wandering Camera!


Happy October!


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