Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust.

I was asked by the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust to make a painting of a certain area they were working to put into a conservation easement. It was a lot of fun to explore this part of the Portneuf River. The grasses along that part of the river are so high, much is over your head. The river is slow going and visited by many ducks. I saw a kestrel, heard the voices of coyotes and watched a small sharp shinned hawk try to snatch a small bird from a willow. The owner of the land took me up the slope of the mountains with his old pickup truck. He dropped me off to paint the higher portion of his land. It was covered in tall sagebrush, douglas' fir and brightly colored aspen. A small contingency of mountain maple had changed dark red as they were losing their leaves. The temperature started at 41 degrees, but in the sun my hands kept warm. When the clouds shaded me from the sun my hands got pretty chilly. I was able to paint a study of the mix of fir and aspen.

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