Ode to a May Afternoon is inspired by the Hamlen Woods Conservation Area in Wayland, Massachusetts. I walk the perimeters of the lake and pond almost daily at this time of year, alternating between morning and afternoon so that I can study and record the different effects of light on the changing landscape. The previous morning’s stiff breeze was evident the following afternoon. All the pollen had been pushed to one end of the lake, creating a golden green carpet under the flowering trees and shrubs. I took lots of photos, and hope to do some paintings concentrating on just the delicate surface of the water, with all its various plants and reflections. Stay tuned! Larger details from the painting follow.