I had expected to see some fall colors at Rock Eagle, but found the leaves were all still green. So instead of colorful leaves I selected a few spent pine cones for a quick sketch.
It was mid day and the bright sun lit only the tips of the scales, casting deep dark shadows on the interior and below the cones. I used the white of the paper for the outer edges of the scales, and a mixture of blue (535) and burnt sienna (411) to provide the various depths of shadows. The rock background is a wash of yellow ocher.