No prettier place have I seen than that of Palo Duro Canyon near Canyon, Texas. My few days here this week have been marvelous!
When I was twelve years old, I set eyes on the canyon for the first time. I went with my family to the melodrama TEXAS. Oh, how I have always loved seeing this melodrama over and over again throughout the years.
My trip to Palo Duro Canyon this time was to paint and just enjoy the solitude of the canyon. To be able to start my day in the canyon and end my day in the canyon was an exciting adventure! On my first evening, I arrived after dark so I missed the sunset. Dang it! I was so looking forward to my first morning, as I jumped out of bed at 7:30 A.M., had a quick cup of coffee and grabbed my protein drink. Quickly, I pulled on my long-johns, jeans, boots and a sweat shirt, threw on my jacket, hat and gloves and went out to greet the six degree morning. The sun was right on schedule at 7:55 A.M. causing a beautiful red-orange glow to peek over the horizon as it said, “Good Morning”, to me. I felt I was greeted by the sunrise as a special guest of the canyon. The air was crisp, and my breath visible; as I stood in awe and looked across Timbercreek Canyon to the Spanish Skirts that I planned to paint later that day. Many times, as I fly in and out of The Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, I have viewed the canyon. It is most impressive from the air when looking down on the gashes that branch off the main canyon. The view from above is so awesomely different from the ground level view. The aerial view is almost ugly, but the view from the rim is breathtaking and so beautiful. This particular morning, the sunlight played off the rim throwing a warm glow on the sandstone cliffs. As I stood there shivering and taking in the view, I began to notice the Robins flying en masse out of the canyon. I believe they were headed to gather their food for the day from the nearby grain fields I had noticed on my drive out to the canyon. Being there and experiencing this beauty was exhilarating as well as humbling. It is my belief that God reshaped the land during the time of Noah after having laid the foundations of the earth in place. Inspired by God, the Creator of our Universe, I was there- in this spectacular canyon- painting plein air while sharing my artistic view on canvas. This has been one of my most treasured trips. Palo Duro Canyon is calling me back…to paint.