Description Mount Evans Massif, Colorado, at sunrise. This is a view to the east of the massif, from Upper Bear Creek just over the Clear Creek County boundary, near Witter Gulch. The peak in the right foreground is Hicks Mountain. If my history is correct, the peak to the left of Mount Evans is Epaulet Mountain, and second to the left is Rosalie Peak ... named for the wife of Albert Bierstadt. Albert Bierstadt painting, Storm in the Rocky Mountains (1866) was a view from the other side of the massif, looking northeast toward Rosalie Peak. Again, I recall Mount Evans was originally named Bierstadt Peak; but in honoring Colorado's first governor, the peak was renamed Mount Evans and Bierstadt Peak was figuratively moved to the west to another peak. Rosalie died in 1893; and Albert died penniless and in obscurity in New York City in 1902. This version of the model was featured in a 2002 Pine Beetle Awareness poster; as the reddish Ponderosa Pine to the left is a sign of a recent infection.
Dave Catts, last time I checked Member Since May 2007 Artist Statementcartographer / geographer
geospatial concepts: modeling, design, analysis and visualization,
cartography, geography, photography, stereography and digital art University of Delaware, 1974-1976; B.S. Cartography cum laude, University of Idaho, 1982; B.S. Geography cum laude, University of Idaho, 1982; cartographic technician, Cart-O-Graphics Laboratory, Unv of Idaho 1978-1982; cartographic artist, National Geographic Society, 1983-1986; cartographer, U. S. Geological Survey, 1986-2003
Many of these images do not have cartographic treatment (lines, text, symbols) and that is intentional. They are overhead views of large three-dimensional environmental models of Earth that can be used as cartographic background, with the ink saturations toned down, and linework and text added in desktop publishing, geographic information systems, or 3D modeling programs. When displayed on the wall, they become a challenge to find yourself geographically; which then deviates to an environmental perspective. The image becomes a riddle, a challange and a puzzle to solve using our environment as the gameboard; and then discuss your observations ... hopefully not with yourself ... by turning to a friend to start a conversation, you compare notes and then, Yikes! ... now you are talking about the wonderful and beautiful planet we live on, and how underappreciated it is ... so, you better Thank God for the gift of Planet Earth, eh?   Let's keep it in good working order, and stop screwing it up! He might get mad, and there would be Hell to Pay, ... if you know what I mean.
"I will spend my Heaven doing Good on Earth" Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin of Alençon (b.1873) and Lisieux (d.1897), France