I brought my plein air gear (including chair and folding table) along for the ~3 mile RT hike along Cascade Creek. However, the resultant painting was so horribly bad (on the black construction paper...last time I bring that along) that it's going straight in the trash whenever I get around to breaking out my plein air box.
In the meantime, here are some photos from the hike and a drive up to Molas Pass to scope out the fall color situation.
|Engineer Peak as seen along Hwy 550 on the way to Cascade Creek|
Lookin' good, as always
|Mourning Cloak butterfly|
This was shot @70mm holding the camera near the ground, carefully moving it as close to the insect as possible, and shot blindly. Sometimes, that works!
|The Cascade Creek trail|
My painting location was to the right and closer to the large boulder near the trail
|A pair of Clouded Sulfur butterflies (male in front) feed on some late season red clover|
|3-part pano shot taken at Molas Pass - view is to the northeast|
Molas Lake is seen in the middle
(click on photo to see larger view)
|Snowdon Peak as seen from the Colorado Trail after it crosses Hwy 550|
View is to the south