Our recent plein air painting location was at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena. This used to be Oak Grove Park and I hadn't been there before. It's a wonderful spot at the base of Arroyo Seco Canyon. One area has lots of oak trees, and there are great mountain views to paint. As its name suggests, it's also a flood basin behind Devil's Gate Dam.
The morning was hazy which to my mind is gorgeous for photos and hopefully to try to capture in a painting. We headed out from the oak shaded parking lot into the dry river basin. There are many interconnected hiking trails through the various basin plants. Considering finding some shade, one small grove of a few eucalyptus trees seemed to be a good location to stop. I couldn't decide whether to paint the view north of JPL, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or the view south of a trail into the trees. I wished I had my opaque gouache with me for the cloudy look of the bands of dried plants going to seed and the hazy mountains. I had to give it a try with my transparent watercolors and chose the JPL view since I like to include a building or structure. Dog walkers came by and even a woman on horseback. The bottom photo is of the view I didn't paint. Next time!