ALMOST FALL

ALMOST  FALL

An original oil painting on canvas by June Pauline Zent 30×40 inches

Here is a small offering to nudge you into the season. This is what a part of my land looks like when the foliage starts to turn about this time of year. The stream is spring fed and crystal clear deep in the woods and the air is 80+ instead of 100+ I love to walk back here and listen to the water running over the rocks and squirrels rustling through the leaves fussing at the intruder.

An enterprising neighbor approached me about a year into my ownership and offered to help me keep illegal hunters and fishermen off the land. He had “connections” like a son-in-law who was a trooper and just putting a sign up would be a sufficient warning. The sign went up but strangely with his name on it. It made me uneasy but he was just trying to help a single five foot high female neighbor manage her land. Right”

Wrong! while passing the entrance to that side of the twelve acres one day I noticed two trucks in the right of way. I went on a little excursion through the trees which were marked with red flags until I came upon two men crouched with their guns and camouflage blinds who were so busted!

We had an enlightening discussion about what they were doing and just whose land they were hunting on. Turns out that it was the benevolent neighbor and his friend who thought they had permission to hunt without permission. We got that straightened out and I am sure that he will never forgive me! Later other neighbors said that he had conned them the same way. Truthfully I do not understand why people will buy land and then clear-cut it of all the beautiful trees then look around for woods to hunt on. I regard myself as steward of this land and no one will shoot anything on it. Wait, maybe a  Cotton Mouth Moccasin  coming at me in the pond!

About artzent

I am a visual artist and teacher of Fine art working and teaching in all 2D media. You can see images of my work in many categories, view my biography,comment on artwork, see what's on the easel right now, and more when you go to http://www.artzent.com. I will be blogging here about personal true stories and shareing my life and work. I hope that you will comment and share yours with me!
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18 Responses to ALMOST FALL

  1. lillianccc says:

    Very fitting for the coming fall season indeed! And I’ve never been lucky enough to live near wooded forests and such but it sounds awful having to deal with illegal hunters. Glad you stood up for yourself and your land. :)

    • artzent says:

      Yes, Lillian but that’s the only one I have had to deal with. I think that word gets around. Besides my oldest son is big and burly and comes around often so I have back up. Most people cannot understand me living alone in the woods but they just have to experience it to see why.

  2. Life and all things love says:

    Oh, I just love this painting and I agree with you on the cotton mouth…Ugh!

    • artzent says:

      So glad that you enjoy this painting. ;Yes the Cotton Mouth is not like other snakes who will run away from you; this guy is aggressive and will come right at you. My daughter said ” He has more right to the pond than you” until she had her first baby. Then it was , “Mom, did you get rid of that snake?”

  3. munchow says:

    It’s great that you care for what Mother Nature has built on your property. And I believe the season is a lovely time to hang around the spring. There is something magic about a spring through a forest. Quite an amazing story you tell about being conned by a neighbour. Unbelievable!

    • artzent says:

      Yes, I agree that its magic and feel so lucky to see this inspiration any time of the year. There are always some people who will take advantage and I am sure I looked like a good prospect to him. Most of my neighbors are great though and he has a history that is not good with many of them. We reap what we sow. Right?
      thank you so much for your comment!

  4. Your land looks and sounds like a fantastic place… You have every right to protect it!

    • artzent says:

      Thank you Maggie I think so too. This is a sub division where people own from five acres to twenty. It’s horse country so most cut down all trees to make room for the horses, Then they covet the woods which are yours. A little fore thought would be helpful!

  5. Sharon says:

    Love the painting! Hate that your neighbor tried to con you! Happy it all worked out and you let him know that just because you are little, doesnt make you ignorant! Your cousin Betty (Babydoll) who is 4’11” once said the shorter you are the more dynamic you have to be in dealing with some people. I am 5’2″ so I sometimes think that is true! I guess being short runs in our family. lol

  6. artzent says:

    Yes, shortness does run in our family, I think form Grandma because grandpa was tall. Someone once said,” It is not the tallness of your stature that counts it is the quality of your character.” I think that is a true saying. There are always bad actors to look out for.
    I am glad that you like the painting although it is not the best picture of it you get the idea. Love you!

  7. dilipnaidu says:

    Oh waht a lovely painting. Overwhelming! Thanks.

  8. Love this colorful paintings! Beautiful piece of land!

  9. artzent says:

    Thank you so much for the compliments. Yes, the land is an inspiration every day and every season. Your blog is also an inspiration!

  10. I like the colours of autumn. It’s a pity that we don’t see them here in this part of India. But then, our autumn is full of luscious green. That’s quite mmmm too.

    Good of you to do what you did with the trigger-happy ones. It’s no longer ‘fashionable’ to kill, won’t someone tell them?

    • artzent says:

      Sorry that you don’t have these beautiful colors but yes, green is very lovely and we have plenty of that in the spring and summer for me to paint. Thanks for your visit and comment and I will continue to not alloe hunting!

  11. soumyav says:

    so wonderful one! it seems ruthless how anyone can just clear off those enthralling greens for selfish means.

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