The Science Behind Nature Photography

Todd Winslow Pierce August 28, 2021

Join Vail native Todd Winslow Pierce for a hike exploring the principles of light, perspective and composition. Todd is a professional photographer and Founder of Eagle Valley Wild, a non-profit photography project that benefits Eagle County’s conservation organizations, efforts and initiatives. All skill and experience levels (and technologies from cell phones to high resolution cameras) are welcome! Participants will gain insights and inspiration for taking photos with more feeling, depth and clarity, and for capturing special moments & locations with more visual impact.

This hike will take place on the Brady & Sopris Lakes trail. This hike follows a subalpine stream to two gorgeous alpine lakes—the scenery of Missouri Lakes without the strenuous hike! Alongside the scenic hike, this route offers a diversity of subjects to learn from as we explore our artistic side from behind the lens. This hike is 3-4 miles round trip with 1,000 ft elevation gain, and moderate difficulty at high altitude.

More information on Todd & his work:


  • Only for residents of Eagle County (and adjacent counties) ages 20-35

The Science Behind the Art of Fall Colors

Lewis Williams October 2, 2021

Pack your paints and join Colorado artist Lewis Williams on the trail exploring color in the backcountry & the connections between art and being active in the outdoors. We will explore the science behind fall colors & Lewis will lead trailside clinics on utilizing color in your painting, and how to unlock the fall landscape through art. Watercolor pencils & paper will be provided for this program, but feel welcome to bring your own paints (anything that fits in your pack) as well.

Lewis has been a professional artist for over 30 years, exploring diverse mediums from oil to sculpture. Lewis recently completed his 'Paint Across America' project, where he rode his bike from California to Maine--plein air painting along the way, and will share his experiences as well along the trail. Lewis currently lives in Montrose, Colorado.

The hike will take place on the Martin Creek Trail in Minturn Colorado, which travels through some of the most continuous mature aspen forests of any trail in the Vail area, and features mixed aspen & fir forests, meadows, and viewpoints of the surrounding valley.

For more information on Lewis and his work visit his website, linked below.


    *if you have your own art supplies you would like to bring instead of the included supplies, email [email protected] for a potential discount (if not planning to use the supplies materials). Anyone is welcome to bring their own supplies, paints, etc... alongside the supplied materials.

    • Time: 9am - 2pm
    • Trailhead: Martin Creek, Minturn *subject to change
    • Martin Creek Trail *subject to change
    • Hike: <4 miles / 1,500 ft. elevation gain

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