Two Headed Pine Tree Sketch – Swallow Cliff

2-headed pine at swallow cliff south - watercolor

That evening light, the glow of the setting sun, it is so wonderful that it makes anything in its path illuminate with a gentle warm radiance.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.”
Ps 84:11

What are good things? I think the good things I sometimes overlook. Family, food on my plate, a roof over my head, the setting sun, gentle breezes, birds visiting my feeder, rain to water the earth, friendship…those are some great things of which I am thankful for. I am also thankful for the subtle things in nature…

This “two-headed” pine tree is at the end of the main parking lot next to the picnic shelter at Swallow Cliff South. It is my Mom’s favorite. When we stopped for a visit a few days ago, the sun awakened each pine bough with luminous needles.
How magnificent! 

This watercolor and ink sketch took about 30 minutes to complete and was given as a gift to my Mom.


  1. Very nice! I love the way sunlight sparkles on pine needles. Can’t capture it in a photograph, though. Not yet, anyway.

  2. Lana: Thanks! The moment of sunlight was awesome and could pass it up!

    Lloyd: Lloyd!!! I remember you too at the gallery! Hope all is well with you and that someday soon we meet up again.

    Joan: Thank you, I was hoping to capture that sunset ligh just right…it makes for a very dramatic tree!

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