“The Mitten from Brin’s Mesa Trail”
I set out early one morning on the spectacular Brin’s Mesa Trail from the Jim Thompson parking lot. It was a beautiful, but cold day with spots of blue sky. What caught my eye was the contrast of the brilliant vertical highlights of the sun’s rays striking the eastern cliffs of the Mitten. While designing this composition it was important to show the atmospheric quality of distant formations. I love how the smoky green of the pinyons and junipers compliment the orange and crimson rock and how they slope up to tease and hug the base of the vertical cliffs of the Mitten.