Landscape artists paint seasonally. and I am drawn to cool, shady ponds when summer heat waves stretch their way across the weeks. This pondscape is based on a woodland pond in Wayland, Massachusetts. Not a lake, but an intimate pond, teeming with layered life and full of wonderful reflections. In late afternoon, when the sun’s rays are slanting across the surface, the warm golden tones glow, while the leafy greens and tracery of dark limbs make me think of stained glass. I especially love the thin pine needles floating on the surface. This totally realistic, close-up view of the pond is simultaneously quite abstract. Below, is an enlarged detail of the sunlit foreground. Enjoy!