Shelton Laurel Creek, North of Asheville NC I traded my fishing gear for my Watercolor travel kit. I setup next to the creek intending to sketch and paint Steve who was still fishing, however, he moved around the bend while I was setting up. So I have a sketch of the creek san fisherman.
The creek and bank were covered with large rounded rocks. The bank across the creek had some dying and dead hemlocks. The result of an introduced asian insect gone wild. The Hemlock woolly adelgid sucks the sap from the trees weakening and finally killing the trees. Just a few years ago they were green and healthy, providing shade to the creek and its trout. Now they are sad reminders of what is gone. Soon the standing dead wood will fall and rot away. Other tree species will grow to fill the gaps in the tree canopy, but they will not have the gentle shape and fresh smell of an Eastern Hemlock.