It's based on a photo taken right after one of our early snows, as we were heading out for our Arches trip in October, looking towards La Plata Canyon along Hwy 160. Fall colors have faded, leaving large patchworks of bare aspen interspersed with stands of evergreen spruce and fir. The grasses of the meadows leading into the canyon area have turned shades of golden and earthy brown. The road to La Plata Cyn follows the row of cottonwoods, and one of the handful of ranches off the road can be seen.
Consulting a local map, I believe that one of the distal peaks may be Hesperus Mountain, the tallest of this group in the La Platas. Hesperus is Latin for "evening star", and it has significance as being one of the four Sacred Mountains to the Navajo people.
A Prelude to Winter: La Plata Canyon
pastel on black-toned archival board
10 x 20 inches
And a photo of the waning gibbous moon, taken earlier this morning, before it passed behind the crest of Smelter Mtn: