Aaarrgghhhh…I struggled with this one. My inner botanist wants to include all the rare plants that grow along here, while the artist side says, “Whoa there~that just doesn’t make a nice painting with all that squigee detail”. She made me wash color over the details. sigh. She’s right. Besides the struggle over detail, I was interested in value. Looking out from the trees to the sun-kissed view beyond, it was tempting to go for my darkest darks when painting the tree trunks and foliage. In fact I did leave some of that really dark in the foreground at the feet of the tree, but lightened the trunks and lightened them again until they fit more comfortably in the painting.
Yesterday I was out on the trail, and boy is it different today. Sedges and cordgrass have nearly obliterated parts of the trail, while other parts are entirely under water. I usually don’t mind wading so I ventured in. Very quickly I found myself in about 3′ of water! I’m only about 5′, so…. I didn’t go all the way out to the Lake to see, but I’ve heard that it is really high right now. I suspect what is happening is that the lake is so high that it is pushing the river back up. Happily, before I reached the water and the dense growth, I found the rare plant I was seeking. Yay! Right where I thought it would be growing. That must be how it feels to throw a basketball and get “nothing but net.” 🙂