This scene depicts the headwaters of the Colorado River. This meadow straddles the Continental Divide in a remote corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. The marshy, meandering stream is joined by the runnoff from the surrounding mountain peaks to become the mighty Colorado River and eventually empties into the Pacific Ocean. If you were to turn around and walk only a few hundred yards, you would cross the divide where water flows to the distant Atlantic Ocean.
What captivated me on this early fall day was the stream (I love water). The light was delightful with the clouds coming and going. I used the light to my advantage to create a strong design with the forground in shadow and a band of intense sunlight on the far side of the meadow.
The actual name of this pass is Poudre Pass and can be accessed via Long Draw Road in Poudre Canyon only a few months of the year. Deep winter snows keep the road closed until mid-summer. It is one of my favorite places to paint in Northern Colorado.