An Autumn Day on the Haw River

I did some hiking the other day on the Haw River on Hwy 64 and on Hwy 15 501.  First I hike on Hwy 64 head trail (south). It was a beautiful Autumn day.  I got there right when the sun was coming up.  The weather that day was overcast. Than I hiked on the Haw River off of Hwy 15 501 head trail (north).

Sometime I forget how beautiful fall is because I am used to seeing it every year.  One of my friend have only been in the state for about four months and this is the first time he have seen the trees change colors.  He has been very excited about the leaves changing colors, that is all he talk about. When I was editing the pictures I took, I thought wow, he is right they are very pretty (just not so much in parking lots).  There below is all the photos I took of my hiking trip.  I had a hard time picked the best one, so I posted all of them.  Words do no justice to describe the beauty of the Autumn day.


My Artwork

I am an artist. I created works of art.  After a few of my hiking trips, I painting some beautiful art.  I remember how I felt at that time when I took some of the pictures and painting the scene on the canvas.  I had so much fun with it, I have decide to try to introduce my artwork to the world.  I have been painting since high school.  It have been a hobby for me.  Below I have post some pictures of my artwork.  I hope  to display my artwork in galleries and cafe.  Please contact me if you have an interest in my paintings.


Title: Chaotic of Light and Dark
Media: Acrylics Paint
dimensions:  28” by 30”
Artist: Maria Hargis

Chaotic of Light and Dark was a piece I did in high school.  It was a time when I had mix emotions.  My parents divorce so it was a hard time for me. I am the oldest out of six kids so my talents was ignored by my parents.


Title: Green Flower Elf
Media: Acrylics Paint
Dimension: 8” by 10”
Artist: Maria Hargis

Green Flower Elf was a piece I did recent. I just had the wanting to paint so all I could think of was a green elf.  I had fun painting this one because I was playing around with the colors.  It remember me of Easter because every year I try to make the goldest eggs.


Title: Haw River May
Media: Acrylics Paint
Dimension: 20” by 16”
Artist: Maria Hargis

Haw River May was a piece that I did right after a hiking trip with a group of hikers. I enjoy going hiking so much that I was so excited I painting the Haw River. I remember the wind against my back as I took that picture. I love the smells of the river. It was a calming and peaceful moment that I wanting to caption it. So I put all of my emotions that I had at that time into the painting.


Title: Eno Butterfly
Media: Acrylics Paint
Dimension: 11”by 14”
Artist: Maria Hargis

Eno Butterfly is a piece when I painting a butterfly. I took a picture of a butterfly at Eno River State Park with my phone and I thought it would be cool to paint it. I love butterfly and enjoy all kinds of them. I love painting and most of the time I have a hard time expression my emotions to other; however, I am good at expression my emotion in my work of art.


Title: Forest Floor
Media: Acrylics Paint
Dimension: 8”by 10”
Artist: Maria Hargis

Forest Floor is a piece that I did after a few hiking trips. Forest Floor to me are magical because there is so much life in them. I have a deep appreciation for them because of my background in biological engineering. Scientist used microorganisms and fungus to treat hazardous material and waste in a process called bioremediation. They converted the material into something else that is not hazardous.


Title: WS Butterfly
Media: Acrylics Paint
Dimension: 14” by 6”
Artist: Maria Hargis

WS Butterfly is a piece I did after I move to NC. I had just started schooling at NC A&T State University. I was amazed on how many butterflies was around the area. I could not believe how beautiful NC was. I enjoy most of my free time outdoor and learned a lot about the wildlife and plant-life around the area.


Title: West Eno Dam
Media: Acrylics Paint
Dimension: 14” by 11”
Artist: Maria Hargis

West Eno Dam is an another piece I did after hiking. West Eno Park is one of  the public parks in Durham, NC. There was so many turtles out there ( I wish I could have taken a good picture of them and paint them). It was a gloomily day but watching the water go over the dam made up for it.

If you are interested in my artwork in your place of business, please contact me.  Or if you are interested in buying a piece or want for me to create something for you, please contact me.  Or if you like what you see, feel free to comment.  This is a learning process for me so any feedback is good.

Lower Haw River Trail

Lower Haw River

Today, I hiked Lower Haw River Trail with a group of hiker.  We had so much fun. Many people do not hike on Lower Haw River so the trail is sometime hard to find.  Sometime it require us to zigzag until someone found the trail. There were lots of poison ivy and ticks. Most of us had bug spray on; however, most of us found ticks on us. We crossed two waterway.  We hiked up to 1 hour and 20 minutes and turned back.  The whole trail is 10 mile in one direction.

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This hike was a lot different than I normally hike, because I hike with others this time.  As we hiked, we talked and learned little bit about each other.  I did not focus a lot on taking pictures of wildlife this time because I was having a lot of fun. In the photo to the left, you can see one of the guys climb up a tree to get a better view of the river. We stop here and there to view the river.  It was such a beautiful day today.

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We climbed on rocks from time to time. We found raccoon and deer trails on the trail. We saw lots of frogs and one eastern box turtle. Sometime we could see snakes swimming in the river. The most amazing thing was the blue heron. In the past, I had the hardest time taking a picture of one because they would fly off right away. Today, I was successful at taking a picture of a blue heron.

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

This trail could be counting as a little uneasy because of the tall grass and thorns vines. There was lots of jumping over logs and climbing over rocks.  The stream crossing were not mark so it took some investigation. There was lots of ticks but I heard from one of the hiker that it get a whole lot worst in the up coming month of June. It did help to hike in a group because we were able to warned the next person if there was a hole or thorny bushes.  Plus we check each other back for ticks. Basically, we help each other out when needing.

Afterward we went out for lunch and talk some more. Than we drive back to our carpool check point.  It make sense to carpool for their is not much of a parking area.  The trail-head start right off highway 64.

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