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Tuesday, August 29-Saturday, September 2, 2017; to Brooks Lake, Absaroka Range, Wyoming.
(Brooks Lake, Absaroka Range, Wyoming)
Oil Sketch on Centurian oil primed Linen Panel
4” x 6”
Tuesday: Much to do today, as I leave Mosquito Lake and head back to Dubois for supplies, a clothes washing session, and to the library to get a blog post published. The post I did get published was “The Eclipse,” and what with filing photographs, it took me 3-1/2 hours to do, and no time to even check my emails. Last chance I had to do that was in Rifle, CO, or I might have briefly cleared some in Green River, Wyoming, although I believe that I just checked on free campsites while there. But this morning on the way to Dubois, it took me 3-1/2 hours to drive the 30.4 miles of forest roads to hit pavement, what with all the photo-recon I accomplished on the way, as well as the partial 4-wheel drive four mile side trip to Lake of the Woods, near Union Pass. I managed to get everything done, finishing my washing just before 21:00, and headed north on 287.
|My 1st stroll along Brooks
Lake … |
Sublette Peak (left) & Brooks Mountain (right).
|The outflow of Brooks Lake Creek.|
|Brooks Lake Creek with the Pinnacle Buttes beyond.|
|Brooks Lake Creek.|
|Denizen … there were quite a few of
these in residence ...|
some sort of ground squirrel.
|Supping on Fireweed … |
that’s Rosebay Willowherb to the Brits.
How interesting is serendipity … 24 miles up the road, 5 of which is on a forest road, brought me to Brooks Lake, and the National Forest Pinnacles Campground, my intended way stop on the way to Jackson Hole and the Tetons Range. It was 22:30 and as I squared away the truck, keeping my bear spray to hand as this is still very much Grizzly country, I could see a mountain ridge above me in the moonlight. Well, the next morning, and the Sun arose behind that ridge, which turned out to be the Pinnacles Buttes. A morning walk down by the lake, with a view across to Sublette Peak, and Brooks Lake Cliffs (Buttes?), and I realized I needed to stay around here for a couple of days; and so I have … a couple of days in the campground painting the Pinnacles from my campsite, and a few more above the north end of the lake at a free dispersed site, with a great view over the lake to Sublette Peak and the Brooks Cliffs, and I’ve had a visit from a Grey Jay, in both sites thus far. Serendipity … I knew nothing of Brooks Lake, before I stopped for the night, on Tuesday the 29th, and what a lovely find it has been! Just as well, as Jackson Hole and the Tetons National Park will probably be heaving with visitors over this Labor Day weekend.
|Resident Squirrel at my Campsite.|
|Evening Pinnacles from my Campsite.|
The pigments used were:
Imprimatura: Rublev Blue Ridge Yellow Ochre
Drawing: W&N Cobalt Blue
Painting: W&N Venetian Red, Cerulean, Cobalt & Ultramarine Deep Blues, Permanent Rose, Cadmiums Orange & Yellow Pale.
Rublev: Blue Ridge Yellow Ochre, Ercolano Red, Purple Ochre & Lead White #1.
Blocxx Ivory Black (in a green mixture).