The Park Avenue formation in Arches National Park is named for the sheer walls on both sides of Courthouse Wash which reminds the visitor of New York. At this location you will see excellent examples of the three major rock formations found in the park, the Navajo Sandstone, the Carmel Mudstone formation and the Entrada Sandstone. A beautiful time to take pictures at the Park Avenue viewpoint is between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., in the early spring or fall. The sky then is likely to be extremely deep blue, which makes a fabulous setting for the coral red sandstone.
"Park Avenue View" 9" x 12" oil ©2004 Deborah Rae Nelson
I was lucky to catch a photo of this giant sunflower in the morning sun whilerunning errands. I was thankful to follow my own suggestion of always carrying my camera with me. Because on my way home from the errands, there was nothing left but cut stalks. Someone had collected a bouquet!
"Ladybug, Ladybug..." 10" x 8" oil ©2003 Deborah Rae Nelson
The beautiful Botanic Gardens in Denver offer a feast for the eyes and photographer. This Hibiscus brings back memories of the vegetation and flowers that were abundant where I grew up in Southern California.
"Hibiscus" 7" x 5" oil ©2002 Deborah Rae Nelson
My husband and I were hiking in the Arches National Park. Our longest hike was almost over. We were very hot, tired and thirsty as the trailhead came into sight. However, a trail marker pointing the way to the Partition and Navajo Arches caught our attention. We did not succumb to our fatigue, but went ahead and took in the two sites. How glad we were that we made the journey! Both formations are worthy of being painted.
"Partition Arch" 4" x 6" oil ©2000 Deborah Rae Nelson
My husband and I were driving through the valley at the base ofthe Tetons when I realized what a beautiful scene was in the foreground. We stopped and I was able to get a series of photos and sketches. This scene was one of my favorites because it hada sense of majesty and peace. There were both horses and mules grazing with wildflowers in abundance.
"Tetons" 4" x 6" oil ©2000 Deborah Rae Nelson
I watched the first day of school for about a dozen young colts at a ranch in Larkspur, Colorado. They all had halters on for the first time and were having a tough time adjusting to them. I think the halter on this one's friend bothered him more than the halter on himself. I was lucky to capture the moment. It didn't take long for them to get used to their new tack.
"Mom! He’s Touching Me!" 8" x 10" oil ©1999 Deborah Rae Nelson