Today I painted in the beautiful desert garden of my friends Clonard and Bruce Thomas. Known as The Aerie Art Garden, they have lovingly planted and cultivated this garden for over 20 years to make it a truly "desert garden". You can check it out at http://www.aerieartgarden.com/ . The tree I was sitting under was rich with foliage and when I looked up through the leaves, I was taken with the lushness of the growth and the striking patterns of light and shadow. This is a Texas Mountain Laurel, or for you botanical folks, a Sophora secundiflora.