printperson (printperson) wrote,

tundra plants

One day we drove up to the Alpine Visitors Center on Trail Ridge Road (longest, highest highway in the USA) in Rocky Mountain National Park. We drove through dense clouds and emerged to a different world from the forests below. From the visitors center, a trail led to the highpoint at 12,005 feet. I drew the tiny tundra plants as I walked breathlessly up the hill. On the drive down to Grand Lake, we passed a herd of elk in a meadow. Since I was watercoloring the plant drawings as we were driving, I quickly drew some of the elk in the color on my brush at the time (upper right). I don't recommend painting while driving on a mountain highway though.
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