Sunday, July 11, 2010

erosion


Looking northeast from Rabbit Mountain,
the shape on the left is not a caldera.
It's an eroded vestige of the bottom of the tropical inland sea
which once ebbed along the Rocky Mountains' eastern slope.
Like the rest of the Front Range, it's littered with sea shells.


The mountains themselves are eroding geologic upthrusts.
Looking west from Rabbit Mountain, the river carves out the little lost canyon.


The mountains make the weather;
the land and the sky are inseparable.

There is nothing subtle about this place.

13 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

"The land and the sky are inseparable."

You have a great quote there. I must have your full name to attribute it.

SamArtDog said...

Thanks so much, Casey. You mean a legal name? Sam Hannaway will have to do. I won't sue.

Melinda said...

You are living in a magical land. It is, I'm sure, inspiring you to great work.

Yes, you are poetic, too. Thank you for sharing these images. Wish I were in the area. I'd stop by and have a paint out with you and then head a little bit north to visit my wandering child. Sigh.

Looking forward to your perspective in pastel.

SamArtDog said...

As the PSA says, do you know where your children are? Someplace cooler, I hope.

If you ever are around here, you're on.

Melinda said...

Sounds good! I hear that Denver is like Tucson, only nicer...and with a river. Loved those PSA's.

SamArtDog said...

Denver has always been a provincial cow town, no matter how many urban sophisticates move there. Though I lived there for a short spell, I generally avoid it. I'm so not a city girl.

Celeste Bergin said...

what beautiful photos---! I especially love photo #2...what scenery!

brian eppley said...

Hey Sam. Great images you've been posting. I finally had time to look. Yeah, the Jungian cows ARE in a good home. Cheers...B

loriann said...

Beautiful photos Sam. Will you post those underpaintings you have mentioned?

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

I live with and around a bunch of engineers. I have to say, Sam: subtlety is over-rated! If you want to be heard by the engineers, you must be BOLD and CLEAR and most often LOUD.

Love the landscape and the boss of the weather there. Kvan

SamArtDog said...

Well, hey Brian, just look at your new self! I like your new paintings, too.

SamArtDog said...

Katherine,
Seems everyone's an engineer. I remember when an engineer was someone who drove a train. Ah, them's were the good ol' days.

I'd like to have a word with the new boss of the weather. Like, TURN DOWN THE HEAT! (Is that loud enough?)

Subtlety is a dream deferred.

SamArtDog said...

Loriann, I forgot to shoot the underpaintings before I scribbled on them. Then I got an iPhone. OMG. Trying to run that puppy reminds me what a Luddite I am. It does have an awesome camera, though. I'll try to shoot art with it before I shoot myself.