Today we got an early start driving from Kahana to Haleakala National Park where we took a 3 mile hike with a wonderful native naturalist guide on a Nature Conservancy easement at Hosmer's Grove. We saw native flora and fauna including the apapane, amakihi and I'iwi. We enjoyed seeing the endangered Hawaiian goose, the nene, as well. After the hike we drove to the summit to see the crater and also the Silversword plant. Saw chukars in the visitor center parking lot, too. Tomorrow we fly to Honolulu for the football game. Have really enjoyed our time here in Maui.
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.