Today the billowing clouds are racing across the sky...and the temptation was once again to do a cloud-scape. But in looking at some really nice work in a new gallery in Bend, I of course was subject to the usual artist angst...."Am I only about clouds?"(Last year I was only about abandoned ranches!). So I decided to let out my "inner tree." It was a eucalyptus tree I snapped from our car somewhere near Red Bluff, California. This is particularly significant to me, as a child I spent summers...very hot summers...in Red Bluff and Chico. My father's family settled this area in around 1850. The west is really in my blood.