I didn’t have much down time during my trip to Colorado this summer, but since I’ve been home, I’ve been able to do a few watercolors sketches in my Moleskin sketchbook.  I thought I’d share them with you:

Sunrise at Estes Park with blanket flowers

Blanket flower

Tourists on a snowfield in Rocky Mountain National Park

Red Mountains

Mariposa lilies

Colorado Columbine

” . . . mountains.  They stand behind every view, like a mother offering a blanket in which to wrap everyday life and shelter it from useless dreads.”
— Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

Rocky Mountains along the Million-Dollar Highway between Silverton and Ouray

Colorado is practically synonymous with the Rocky Mountains.  I thought that the most beautiful stretch of mountains was along the Million-Dollar Highway between Silverton and Ouray.  We didn’t take the time to hike here, but the views from the road were glorious, especially near Red Mountain Pass.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off you like falling leaves.”
— John Muir, Nature Writings

Red Mountains

Red Mountains

Red Mountains