This is one of my first watercolor attempts. I have a beautiful backyard and enjoy viewing it so much from our living area. Half the reason we bought the house is the huge California Pepper tree. The tree guy says it is at least 55 years old. Now for those of you who do not live in the area I live in in Southern California, that might sound like nothing. You may have lots of trees that old and older. But here, it's not the norm unless it's a palm tree. The backyard is somewhat overgrown and it's that time to prune the tree and cut things back. Our winter season is so mild that things would just keep growing. They do better if they have a little rest. The days are getting so short. I can feel fall weather almost here. My favorite calendar day is December 21 because that is the shortest day and I know that from then on days will get longer and spring and summer are on their way. I guess I'm a warm weather person. I don't like winter even though we don't really have a real winter here. It's just sort of gloomy and grey.