I've taken lots of photos of Sanitas Valley as I come here often because its pretty close to where I live. Here in Colorado, there are infinite places to hike around and to challenge yourself going up all the high peaks. I often like to take the more relaxing path, one like this where I can simply enjoy something beautiful while taking an easy morning stroll taking in a familiar view which I've really grown to love in all seasons and all times of day. This is the photo I chose to base the composition for my mosaic rendition.
Little did I know that this mosaic was meant to be purple from the start. When I started laying out my color palette in glass, yellow just didn't make any sense so I decided to wing it and started pulling out my purples. I took a deep breath and began to create the spring version of Sanitas Valley I wanted from the start. I live up in the canyon about 30 minutes out of town in the mountains and don't always make it down to the local trails to see all the flowers blossom so I tell myself that I must have just missed the purples =)
Here is a shot of the mosaic all ready for gluing and after it all it turned out exactly as I planned initially - an impression of a crisp early morning in the spring when the ground is turning green in the mountains and the purple flowers are shooting up faster than you could count them.
I picked these grouting photos to share because I wanted everyone to see how the big green mountain is created using iridescent glass which creates wonderful effects in the changing light. Those psychedelic looking pines are actually forest green but when the light catches them right, they shimmer with a rainbow of color. The circles in the sky as well as in the flower fields are also iridescent so they have a similar effect.
Sanitas Valley mosaic seen in the changing light. Some of the glass used is iridescent and it creates a special effect as seen here.