Can you believe tomorrow is the last day of October? Is it just me or is this year passing at warp speed!? Halloween is upon us and I haven't even carved a pumpkin, bought treats, or put together costumes for the boys! It's going to be a crazy busy 24 hours! What I have been doing is spending lots of time dawdling and pottering around out of doors. As I've mentioned before (see post), the mild months are so short here, my family has been soaking up every precious sun-drenched moment while it lasts!
Each weekend we jump in the car to explore places close to home. It's been a great opportunity for me to find inspiration for my art and to work on my photography. As beautiful as this area is, it's impossible not to capture lovely images! Since my photos from these little trips have been well received on my social networks, I thought you might like to see some of them and hear the back story too.
Ucross FoundationThis little rustic building really captured my husband's interest. It stands on the property of an artists' retreat called Ucross Foundation.
- The foundation provides accommodations, work space, and uninterrupted time to 85 select artists, writers, and composers each year. Nestled in next to the river and foothills and blanketed by the expansive Wyoming sky, it's a place very conducive to creativity and inspiration.
- There is also a lovely gallery on the property. It's currently displaying fascinating artwork by Tawni Shuler and Patrick Kikut. Shuler's collages and Kikut's paintings convey and interpret the essence of the American West.
What would you guess the tiny building was once used for?
Fort Phil Kearny
- Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the fort, an outpost of the US Army, was established in 1866 to protect travelers on the Bozeman trail from Indian attacks. The trail connected the Montana gold rush territory to the Oregon Trail. The presence of travelers along the Bozeman Trail violated treaties between the US Government and the Indians, and thus provoked Indian acts of retaliation. The fort was burned by Indians after being abandoned in 1868.
The Fetterman Massacre
I took this picture and the one at the top of this post at the site of the Fetterman Massacre.
- The Fetterman Massacre took place on December 21, 1866. 2000 Indians led by Red Cloud and Crazy Horse attacked a group of 81 US soldiers under the command of Captain William J. Fetterman. All 81 men were killed. It was one of the few definitive Indian victories of the Plains Indians Wars. The massacre contributed to the eventual abandonment of Ft. Phil Kearny.
To visit the spot today, it's difficult to imagine such a violent event taking place. It's so quiet and breathtakingly beautiful. Look familiar? It's where the inspiration for the colored pen landscape came from.
I just want to tell you how grateful I am for all the lovely comments on my last post. It honestly made me a little teary eyed to read them! You guys are the best!
I'm off to tear around in a mad panic to organize Halloween! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!