I'd visited this site in March when I was scouting out new locations for our group. It was really cold that day, so I only stopped long enough to take a few snapshots. I didn't even walk over to where the three creeks meet (and again forgot to today!), because I really liked this area under the pines. I've always had a thing for pine trees, especially those like these, which are mature enough to have an open area underneath with the soft pine needles blanketing the ground. In March, I imaged that this would be a great place to escape the hot sun of August, so I scheduled it with this in mind. Surprise that it is now August and our temperatures are more like early spring in the low 70's and rainy. Even so, I really wanted to paint here, overlooking the pond.
The path to the right caught my eye and I setup underneath the canopy of pines. I put up my painting shade umbrella just to keep the dripping off my head. It was a bit dark to paint, so later I had to move my gear out in the light to do my final adjustments.