June 1st, 2019
This last week, my husband and I spent a couple of nights in the Slemmen cabin at Lake Metigoshe State Park. We were there to prepare for my upcoming artist residency. I will be at Lake Metigoshe From July 14 through the 21st. The residency is sponsored by the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. During that week I will be working on my art and I will be doing a couple of presentations/workshops, which I am currently developing.
Being up there this week gave me a lot of inspiration. I have never been to that part of the state before. It was like I wasn’t in North Dakota any more. Everything was so beautifully wooded and lush. The flora was very different than what I’m used to. There were so many Quaking Aspens, Paper and River Birches and oak trees.
My husband and I were lucky enough to stay at the cabin that is the farthest away from the rest of civilization. We spent a lot of time hiking and working on our photography. One of the days we hiked the Old Oak Trail and the Tenderfoot, Scout and Eagle loops. During those hikes we did not see any other people. It was so nice being there before the busiest part of camping season begins, and I think the fact that the high was 89° that day kept the trails pretty quiet.
I am anxious to get our pictures downloaded on the computer tomorrow to see if we got anything inspiring. I was hoping for some water reflection photos but the wind was blowing the whole time we were there. Sunrises and sunsets were hampered by the smoke haze from wildfires in Canada. The last morning we were there, we debated whether we should catch up on some sleep or get up early to watch the sunrise. Sleep won and I’m glad it did because the haze made the sky look like it was covered in a giant white cloud. I’m still hopeful that some photos turned out. I know at least I have some really pretty reference photos of the aspen and birch trees. There was also a group of six pelicans we saw off and on. I wonder what I can do with those photos?
I can’t wait for my residency and I am excited to share my experiences with it. This is all new to me!