I participated in an art event in June up at Wolf Creek Pass. “Art for the Endangered Landscape: Honoring Wolf Creek”. I hiked. I photographed. I set up and painted. In the end I realized being ‘in’ the mountains I couldn’t ‘see’ the mountains. I couldn’t feel the vastness of the Great Divide. Feel what it took to labor over Wolf Creek Pass to get from the Front Range to the Western Slope. I wanted to step back and feel what it meant to look at a mountain range and then travel its passes. Up in the mountains I was having a true ‘I couldn’t see the forest for the trees moment’. Or rather, ‘I couldn’t see the mountains for the trees’. I drove back down the pass and looked back. This is what I wanted to paint. I could see the ‘big picture’. Life is like that. Sometimes we just need to step back and take the long view and everything feels right with the world again.