The Waterpocket FoldPosted: August 12, 2014
The landscape of Capitol Reef Park is all about the backdrop of layered red rock that runs south for 100 miles, and I can’t describe it better than the tourist brochure. “A giant buckle in Earth’s crust stretches across south-central Utah. This vast warping of rock, created 65 million years ago by the same great forces later uplifting the Colorado Plateau is called the Waterpocket Fold.”
I painted two half sheets today — one of an iconic section of soaring spires called The Castle which I will post when it’s done — and this panoramic view done from, believe it or not, Panorama Point. Painting today was a challenge but not for the same reasons as yesterday. Both morning and afternoon sessions were halted due to rain and high winds. With these big Utah skies you can see the rain coming from a distance but you never know if the dark clouds will move off or rain where you are standing. In both instances I had parked close-by so was able to grab the painting and run.
I also wanted to thank everyone who commented yesterday. All your encouragement is much appreciated and although I try to respond promptly, the internet is very spotty here. One minute I’m on and the next I get booted off so even posting is a challenge.