The rest of these journals are mostly visual as each day I went out hiking into the hoodoos with my camera, sketch book, and little field notebooks that I made myself.
There are some important things to know when you are going out into the badlands, which are not common sense because I saw lots of people not taking it seriously: the sun is hot and it is your enemy.
Take water with you, wear long sleeves, and get a proper hat. I almost got heat stroke the first couple of days because I had a crappy hat. I ended up buying a mid-range Tilly in the gift shop of the Field House and it saved me lots of pain and was worth the money.
On this day, I lasted a couple of hours before I had to head back.
The little hand-made field note books came in super handy. The bugs were feasting on me and the sun was merciless. It was an accomplishment to get these little sketches done.
There is nothing leisurely about drawing en plein air at Dinosaur Park – its all about what you can get down as fast as possible while you swat off the mosquitos! These landforms are amazing though – I can just drink in the scenes all day.
In the evening I would process and organize the photos from the day and spend a bit of time experimenting with different filters in Photoshop – just to look at the forms in a different way.
That’s it for Day 2! If you want to see the previous posts look here.