Spanish Creek 3/24/17

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With runoff coming down the hills like a skier coming out Sky Mountain Lodge #SkyMounainLodge there is a lot of uncertainty on what to expect when it comes to looking in the water for a flycast painting.  The learning curve when it comes to this work is more and more like the parallels of being outside fishing as when a person goes outside for a flycast painting.  The Gallatin River was a mucky mess as I went over the bridge but a relatively notorious tributary to the Gallatin is Spanish Creek.  Spanish Creek resides on Ted Turner’s property with a public access running through the middle of it to the Spanish Peak Trailhead.  The Road is blocked until the middle of May, yet is a short 150 yard pack to get the setup ready on the bridge overlooking Spanish Creek.  Bison are abundant on this property as well as the security guards who are running folks off the land who are looking for elk sheds that just started dropping this last week.

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Spanish Creek has to be rich in Iron as the rocks are predominantly orange, red and gold in color and Burnt Sienna dominates the color palette.  More vibrant underpinnings happen when the sun is out and the waters refraction off the bottom adds movement over the cobbled stones.

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The craziest thing happened today as I was packing up and going back to my truck there was a fella asleep in his car with the window open.  After bumbling around enough to wake him up we started talking and it turns out it was a fellow from Darrington Washington, “Fred Harnisch” who was a ranger in the district for ten years and folks still talk about for his legendary outdoor pursuits.  That I should Meet Fred in the middle of no where is beyond me.

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These paintings took a little longer to create as I believe I was enjoying the day so much  taking in the outdoors.  I was approached by a security guard “Scott” three quarters of the way through who was wearing a kevlar vest and sitka camouflage pants.  He was wanting to see what the heck was going on and give a good lecture if I was fishing off the bridge.  He was a fine example of professionalism and courtesy representing the Flying “D” Ranch.  If I would have got shot for creating these paintings, and if it were not fatal, it could make for the finest blogging about the work to date.

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