On the other side of the canyon the landscape opens up to vast views. In the distance Buckman Mesa and Otowi Peak. My company said this must be the antithesis of Swedish nature – we were walking in the middle of a dry river… Not a cloud in the sky! January.
After the hike we drove all the way down to Rio Grande. Behind the bend in the river the entire Buckman Mesa is visible. The peak to the left is Otowi Peak. I am looking forward to hike Buckman Mesa from this point in a few days, probably alone – Desert Solitaire. Better be careful. Bought a topo map today. Excited!
I managed to paint the back before sunset – it quickly gets pretty cold. Have to decide on colors for the sides (probably red and yellow ochre – some of the oldest pigments used by prehistoric artists), more tomorrow. The color I used on the back is a really beautiful dark brown called Asphaltum (by Gamblin)! Have to buy some tubes and bring with me when I return to Sweden.