The last day

November 6, 2011

Last full day of the residency. On the weekends it’s quiet around the headquarters buildings where the apartment is located. Woke up to snow flurries. Very stormy last night with high winds and rain. Still windy outside. Waited until 8:30 a.m. for the PF Diner to open so I could try the pancakes for breakfast. Got 2, each the size of the plate, plus a side order of sausage. I think I was the first customer. Very good, and I wasn’t hungry until afternoon.

After looking for spots in the park where I could photograph the space station flyover this evening, I stopped at the Painted Desert Inn. They have amazing glass ceiling tiles painted with Hopi designs. I think this was done during the 1930s renovation by the CCC. Plus some nice murals and tin lighting fixtures.

At 4:44 p.m. there are still lots of clouds overhead, though the sun is shining through as it gets closer to sunset. I have 2 more ideas for photos, not sure if they will happen.

Well, back in the apartment at 7:30, under mostly overcast skies. The moon comes through off and on, but not a good night for stars. I do get an interesting shot of the Painted Desert Inn lit by moonlight, with some dramatic clouds.

So that’s it for the Petrified Forest. A great 2 weeks here exploring the Painted Desert. Thanks to the PF National Park and the National Park Service for the Artist-in-Residence program. And thanks to the Grand Canyon for the great week there. Although the programs at these 2 parks are mostly supported by donations, some of our tax dollars are going to really good use at these and at all the national parks.

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