2.5 x 3.5"
pastel on Strathmore
Road to Bluff
All from photos taken during the Butler Wash-Cedar Mesa trip. Not shown in sequential order, but in order of my favorites, and also in the reverse order painted. I'm pretty sure I'll revisit these in larger sizes and probably part of another series based on this trip...
I have many photos taken of hikes along side canyons and washes; I could do an entire series of them, and I have painted them a few times before in my Four Corners Roadtrip series: Turning Point, Along the Wash, and Pathways are some examples. This is a tributary to Butler Wash that we crossed on our way to the Procession Panel petroglyph (see previous post for photos).
Tank Mesa is to the east along the Butler Wash road. The cliffs, slopes and basin are quintessential southern Utah canyon country elements.
Hwy 163 leading to Bluff, UT follows the San Juan river; the line of cottonwoods is a give-away that water is nearby. A mesa on the distal side of the river casts shadows, and the pale sandstone lifts of Comb Ridge are seen in the distance.
Photos from Monarch Cave ruins, our second hike in Butler Wash on Friday. I was glad I brought the tripod along for this 3 mile RT hike:
The ruins in the alcove. Look at those amazing patterns the desert varnish forms! One of my favorite photos of the entire trip.
Approaching the entrance
From the other side of the canyon
Broken metate (corn grinding stone), pottery sherds and corncob...all 700-1000 years old. You won't see these lying around at Mesa Verde.
Some of the many examples of rock art at Monarch Cave; these were about the same size as my hand.