No rain today, so I checked into a potential painting spot at Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands area. I parked my car (above) and walked about two miles in either direction along the trail to find the elusive painting spots I was sure were there. Four miles later, no such spot existed. A longer trail goes along and between the lakes (paved for walkers or bikers), and it just might lead to a beautiful painting spot or two, but they are too far for me to walk with my pastel plein air gear.
The area was nearly deserted. I helped a kayak fisherman launch his boat and that was fun, but there were no other people visiting the wetlands.
Not every beautiful spot is a good painting spot. Lesson learned.