I took this photo on Sept. 6, 2006, on my way to choir rehearsal. It was my mom's 82nd birthday. She had become too weak to continue coming with me to rehearsals, so I had a lovely birthday dinner with her and my daughters and grandchildren before coming to choir. This scene presented itself to me on the drive. Luckily I had my camera in the car. It felt like a gift of beauty to me honoring her. She died a year later.