This scene is high up in the rock formations at Chapin Forest. I spotted this hemlock tree growing out of the sandstone cracks and crevasses, shooting upwards to catch the light, and thus life.
I never fail to find something in nature that amazes me every time I go out to paint. I made a quick pencil sketch, took a few pictures, and finished it in the studio, as it was far too dangerous to try to haul my easel and paints up there. As I climbed to the top, I encountered some retired ladies old enough to be my mother, and they were having a blast at cross-country skiing. No "Oprah" for them; they were truly living life in the here and now. I admire them greatly.