We arrived in Melbourne on May seventh, via LA to Auckland, crossing the International Dateline and losing May sixth entirely. We enjoyed a city tour visiting St Paul's church , the outdoor market, Little Italy and Fitzroy Gardens. In the afternoon we took a tour to Prince Phillip Island, following the Nobbies along the coast to see wallabys in the wild as the sun was setting . The ocean breeze from the south was brisk with Antarctica only 2000 miles away. We watched the Little Penguins come to shore and waddle up the beach to their burrows. Yesterday we visited the Yarra Valey and the Dandenong Mountains where we saw cockatoos and lorikeets and walked the Lyrebird trail in a temperate rainforest with tree ferns, a landscape right out of "Jurassic Park". We saw kangaroos, wallabys, koalas and the Tasmanian devil at a rehabilitation facility as well. Melbourne is a city of four million and has a great deal of charm with some beautiful historic buildings and many modern ones.
Growing up on a Missouri farm, I learned to love the outdoors and its creatures. I earned a BS and MS in biology from Emporia State University, and taught biology for fourteen years. Working as a park ranger naturalist for many summers, the beauty of Yellowstone inspired me to return to painting. I have studied with several outstanding watercolor painters, exhibited work in national shows, and received many awards.
The versatility of watercolor continues to intrigue me. Carrying a small watercolor box and sketchbook when hiking or backpacking allows me to enjoy plein air painting. I also work in the studio because summers are short in the high country near Laramie, Wyoming.