There are places that are almost perfect. And then there are places that have only the seeds of perfection, and that need the person who sees those seeds to point out it's value. Such is this strip of land between Hamlin Middle School and the freeway on-ramp off of Pioneer Parkway. Never mind it's surroundings, the trash, the construction... it has the makings of a scene from France. Not that I've been to France, but I can imagine that too. I've driven by it often, in all different times of day and year. But I wanted to paint it with a full moon rising. It is not a convenient place to paint, so I put off the desire for a few years, but finally got my gumption and my personal body guard and went to do it. It was then that I discovered that the only view I really wanted was from the bridge, where there was about two feet of space between me and traffic. So I took a photo. And worked very loosely from it.