Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Prelude to Fall - San Juan Mountains

The summer continues to blaze by, and feels like it's rapidly drawing to a close.  There is a sense of urgency to cram in as much outdoor activity as possible in the high country before the season ends.

Two painting excursions - to Lemon and Haviland Lakes - in the past week have resulted in unfinished paintings that may or may not make it to completion.  One has promise; the other not so much.   Lately, it seems my creative energy has been focused through the lens of my camera rather than my pastels and paper.  So, I have to run with it.

Today, a trip back up to hike and fish along west Lime Creek.  Since our last trip a month ago, the deerflies have finally been knocked back, the summer alpine meadows are transitioning away from green towards the golden browns of fall, and a new round of mountain wildflowers is making an appearance.

August 30 in photos:

Cascading falls along Lime Creek

Raspberries along the trail - tasting as good as they look

A marmot casts a wary and scornful glance from his look-out point below the trail

A tiny Arctic Blue nourishes itself on a Showy Daisy

Mountain Gentian, filterized

Mushrooms, everywhere!

Monsoon skies











12 comments:

  1. Cute marmot, tasty berries...
    I agree, you have to go with whatever creative impulse is strongest at the moment.

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  2. Breathtakingly beautiful photos!!

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  3. Beautiful shots of the season. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow your photos are so gorgeous! And I think you are so awesome to just go with what's inspiring you creatively instead of sit and whine about it and eat too many cookies (which is what I do:). Love that butterfly one.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by, Jala - nice to see you again, and I'm glad you got your computer fixed and running. The creative thing...sometimes its direction is unpredictable, right?

    Thanks, LeAnn - I'm glad you enjoyed them :).

    Hi Susan - thank you much for your visit and comments; I appreciate them!

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  6. Hi Crystal - thank you for your kind comments. Your comment about eating cookies and whining made me laugh; I've done more than my fair share of moping during creative slumps, but now I realize it is just part of the process itself.

    I'm glad you like the butterfly - I've gotten totally out of control as far as how many butterfly photos I've taken this year. My favorite subject to take photos of this summer!

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  7. Oh, I'm there in spirit! Beautiful! ...yeah,go with the medium that seems right at the time.

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  8. Thanks, Liz. I hope you can make it up here one of these days...I know I keep saying that, but since Rox is leaving Bisbee, I honestly don't know if I'll make it back down there again. Sad but true.

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  9. What gorgeous work you do with your camera! Stunning photographs and I have to agree with Crystal, I admire your ability to go with the flow! I too am attracted to the butterfly and flower.

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  10. Hi Carol - thanks much for stopping by :). I honestly never thought I'd enjoy photography as much as I do painting, but it's really just as important to me now. The time I spend composing these shots is a good compliment to painting as well, I think.

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  11. Lovely photos. The waterfall is beautiful!

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  12. Thanks so much for your visit and comment, Bellina!

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