View Full Version : Recent Trip for Plein Air

10-09-2006, 10:36 AM
I just returned from a painting trip to Colorado Rockies last month and I finally emptied the card on my digital camera and picked out a few that are representative of the scene.

The location: Pingree Park, Bellvue CO, the mountain glen campus of Colorado State U. It's at 9000' about 60 miles west of Fort Collins and only three miles north of the northern border of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Was only there for a week this time but usually try to stay for two. It was an Elderhostel program. Been there many times and will probably go back again next fall, God willing. Had every kind of weather. The first day: hail, then sunny; rain, wind, sunny warm days, and sleet and finally snow. The food is good and accomodations comfortable.

Aspens were at the peak of color with a mix of earthtones, reds, yellows and greens
Taken from my back porch - Looking west.

Notice the stubble and juvenile lodgepole pines as evidence of 1994 fire. The college(CO State U) lost 13 buildings. All those you see here were built after.

This is a pan to right of picture above


And to the left:

To the South, Snow showers obscure Mummy Peak
Had to work inside the last day

There were only a few perfect days
(such is life)

Jim Few, PSA, KA

Mary Brigid
10-09-2006, 11:22 AM
great photos Jim. i am looking forward to see your work from this fantastic location

Deborah Secor
10-09-2006, 12:30 PM
Jim, what a blessing you had a FEW perfect days! :)

Love the photos. That's about the stage the trees are at down here in New Mexico right now. The color is almost at it's peak at the mountaintop, 10,000+ feet, and around our house at 7,000+/- feet it's changing rapidly.

Will we get to see your paintings, too? From what I can see, your location painting looks wonderful.

I have to ask...did you wear the hat inside just to give you the feeling of being out on location? :wink2:


10-09-2006, 06:14 PM
Hi Jim,

Such luck to see that wonderful landscape and breed (sp?) (breath ?) that air. It must be trully inspiring.
And I bet you could eat like and ox after all that fresh air :-)

Best regards,


10-11-2006, 11:44 AM
Yep Jose. It was an Elderhostel program and the menu has always been good.

Dee: I wore my hat indoors to keep from blinding folks with my shiny bald pate.


10-11-2006, 03:32 PM
Now why don't our trees glow with colour like that? The scenery is wonderful, I hope that I get to see some of the results too :D

10-12-2006, 12:33 PM
Wow, wonderful scenery. Sure looks like good inspiration for some plein air. :)

M Douglas
10-12-2006, 05:08 PM
Glorious colors, what great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.