I looked to the south and was surprised that I could see a mountain in Utah Valley way beyond South Mountain in Draper. South Mountain ends at what is known as “the point of the mountain” because it stretches out and we have to drive around this point to go South. This windy corridor between Salt Lake Valley on the North and Utah Valley to the South is known for its extreme weather conditions. On the right side of my drawing the mountain appeared to rise above the blue waters of Utah Lake so it must be out beyond the lake. As I drew “the point” became dark and the cloud above appeared closer to me than the mountain beneath it because the underbelly was a dark value. I made the mountain on the right light in value to show atmospheric perspective because it is in the distance.
While I was drawing these mountains something strange happened with the far distant mountain. After drawing for a long time I noticed that the mountain had changed its shape completely. It appeared to have more peaks. I hurriedly changed my drawing to accommodate. I looked up again and the peaks were gone. Just that fast. I’m going to call this my mystery mountain. Maybe those peaks were just fleeting clouds, or maybe I could see the even more distant mountain peaks for a few moments. Many mountains that I am not familiar with reside in Utah County.