This is from my 1998 journal, which I filled with a lavish amount of illustrations done in pen, markers, and colored pencil. The view here, dated February 2, 1998, is out my bedroom window. I was interested in how the leafless trees obscured the houses behind them but you could still see the basic structures as well as the cars in the driveway. The view is essentially the same as now, but in late March the maples have red blossoms. There are pockets of tangled forest here and there in this city area. I have looked at this same scene for 18 winters and even if it is trees and not a parking lot, I'm tired of it, but don't know how to get anything better given the current economic situation.