Working on a painting of a winter tree in the summer seems to have a curiously cooling effect on a person. After being away for a few days, it was good to get back to the easel again. The tree I painted yesterday was based on a photo I took several years ago, in Leesburg,VA. I lived just down the street when I took a few photos of it, and sadly, shortly after I took some photos, it was destroyed for the construction of a new elementary school. It was a beauty, and I wonder how old it made it to? How many other living organisms did it support, and ecosystems? Despite the tree being gone, It won't be forgotten.