To Zimmerman Road— A brilliant day after a cold morning—the sun warm but cool northerly wind. I felt good, and eager to paint, and also to get some ferns and cardinal flowers in a little garden on the side of the house. As it was not quite lunchtime, I decided to get the plants before eating, then paint in the afternoon and get extra dirt, etc, in the evening. I went to the accustomed spot where the flowers were plentiful and dug up ten plants. My basket was not big enough, so I was forced to make a sort of bag of my coat for the rest. After I had placed these carefully in the “trunk” of the car, I went and dug up the same number of ferns. A short walk to relieve myself of the exertion, and then I ate my lunch. After this, I set out to find my painting spot. My subject, in a way, was a pre-conceived one. I wanted to paint the effect of sunlight coming from directly behind me, with the effect of sun rays coming from above and slanting downwards (the effect produced by perspective).