The snow has started to melt off a bit in the high mountain passes around my home and I decided last weekend to grab the dog and search for an exposed alpine meadows to catch the first glimpse of the umber and ochre grasses that were beginning to peak through. My AWD took us up Guanella Pass and into a stunning meadow of warm tones mixing with emerald green and indigo blues. It looked like an interesting stop to do a little onsite sketching.
I also shot some wide angle photos, but it is always the observational drawing that slows the experience of landscape down to a crawl allowing plenty of time to absorb the details. Details that I can now recall easily from memory to work from. Had I just snapped a pic and moved on, I would be stuck working from the photo alone which is bad. Photos have limited mid range contrast and don't record color as vividly as a painter does.