We had a nice prolonged autumn this year, due to mild temperatures. I painted this en plein air at the very end of November here in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. This is in the Holly Hills area, which is a beautiful part of south St. Louis. Fall is my favorite time of the year. A week prior, I had run into a fellow artist Henryk Ptasiewicz painting this very scene in oils. He inspired me so much, as did this beautiful maple tree, that I came back and painted it myself the following week. He also got me connected to Jane Flanders, who is now my painting buddy. I’m glad I painted while I had the chance, because now, it is 6 degrees F, and very much winter.