Images from Rocky Mountain National Park.

December 3 - 11, 2003

Deciding what to write about Rocky Mountain National Park is a little like deciding which dessert is best. There is no easy way to narrow this park down into a small bite. I'll start with 359 miles of trails, 60 peaks over 12,000 feet, elk, mule deer, bears, cougars, eagles, bighorn sheep, small animals galore, wildflowers, lakes, streams, glaciers, fishing... you get the point. Below are two images from Mills Lake in the Glacier Gorge area of the park. Scott was here in December, so he only had to share the space with the locals.

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This drawing of Deer Mountain Trail was made near Deer Ridge Junction, just west of Estes Park Colorado.The drawing accurately conveys the quiet peacefulness of the alpine forest in winter.


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Surrounded by a halo-like cloud of ice and snow particles, the aptly named Storm Peak rises 13,326 feet into the crisp Colorado sky. A beautiful scene and an impressive subject for Scott's pastels.

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Don't even try to count the number of elk in the photo on the right. The sancuary of the park protects these majestic animals from man's incursion on thier home territory. Without our National Parks System, we can only imagine what man would see fit to put in this meadow.



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Imagine carrying your equipment up a boulder-strewn ridge in snowshoes as the temperature drops below 20 degrees in order to capture the scene with pastels held in frozen fingers for us couch-potatos. That's the definition of a struggling artist. Thanks Scott!


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