The Last Ridgeline and Descent to Taylor Lake

“The Last Ridgeline” (30″x15″, 2018) is based on a scene from my journey along the Colorado Trail in the summer of 2017. For three and a half weeks, I backpacked from Denver to Durango, walking in forests, near alpine lakes, and over rocky passes. I enjoyed watching marmots and picas play amongst the rocks and big horn sheep and mule deer graze the hillsides. I woke to bright blue skies every morning, and thunderstorms crashed around me every afternoon. The journey was a meditation on the majesty of nature, and it was truly a spectacular experience. This felting features a scene that brought tears to my eyes: the final ridge of mountains before the descent to first Taylor Lake and then to the trail’s terminus.

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“Descent to Taylor Lake” (30″x15″, 2018) features the grand finale of the Colorado Trail, the descent to Taylor Lake that marks the beginning of the westbound hiker’s descent to the trail’s terminus. In the foreground, the trail winds its way past rocky outcroppings and alpine vegetation, down from the ridgeline to a green meadow, where Taylor Lake beckons on a warm afternoon. The final hills between Denver and Durango rise in the distance, dotted with trees and a few stubborn patches of snow.

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