Friday, July 13, 2012

Troublesome Creek - Colored Pencil Drawing

"Troublesome Creek" Colored Pencil

After a storm blankets Noble Meadow with fresh snow, Troublesome Creek is swollen with spring runoff. Normally this gulch is parched but now the proud, little creek rushes down into Buchanan Ponds. The diffused light neutralizes the colors but this time of year even the snowy landscape can be expressed with warm hues.

In March we get milder temperatures but more extreme snowfall amounts. The snow seems to come every day and the wind screams down through this draw making it an inhospitable place. A person can get the local weather forecast by gazing up into Squaw Pass. If Squaw Mountain gradually disappears into dense clouds that is a sure sign moisture is on the way.

This unassuming meadow is teeming with wildlife. Some of the more notable, local inhabitants include Elk, Mule Deer, Yellow-Bellied Marmot, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl and Garter Snake. Near the ponds I've seen a Turkey Vulture, Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Swallows, Turtles, Frogs and Crayfish.

The compelling drama between predator and prey is less conspicuous but action packed. Within this vibrant ecosystem, I've watched a Great Blue Heron fish for trout with it's spear-like beak. I've seen a Red-Tailed Hawk swoop down and snatch a gopher with it's lethal talons and I've watched a Coyote hunt for field mice by pouncing through the snow.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Dan,
    I'm a friend of Kirby Kendrick - that's how I discovered your blog. This is great! I love it when an artist can also express himself well in words. This is a very enjoyable blog on all levels. I didn't see how to follow the blog directly, so I will add it to my blogtrottr.
    As someone who recently moved from the mountains to the city, I really appreciate being able to bask in your descriptions. Thank you!
    Donna Turner

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    1. Donna,
      Thanks for the kind words. It's always encouraging to receive a compliment. We enjoy living in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado. I'm trying to document, through words and images, my impressions of this beautiful area. I think it's going to be a little bit of work but it is also kind of fun. I'll see you on twitter.
      Dan

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