What better time to revisit the glittering aspen of Rocky Mountain National Park than a gray January afternoon? As I sit here writing and sipping dark roast coffee while slushy snowflakes fall, I wrap myself in a warm Rocky Mountain reverie.
Combine one artist-in-residence, his artist wife, several oil painting students and one watercolor student (me) on an en plein air adventure and you have a week of glorious autumn afternoons in Rocky Mountain National Park. Toss in a couple of bears and elk to top it all off!
The aspen are unpredictable. They can turn golden any time between late September and mid-October. The brilliant colors of the aspen of the West delight like the Northeast’s intense red maple trees. There’s nothing like a few days of Colorado’s bright blue skies, short-sleeve weather, and a group of artists to seal the deal on a perfect Rocky Mountain memory.