"As I was painting, I was treated to the beautiful shifting light and the shrill calls of piliated woodpeckers in the upper story; amazing. I got a close look at where this fir had snapped and saw what I believe to be an example of this root rot. I got a nice two sittings on the painting and enough info (pics and memory) to finish it. I took lots of other photos, but plan to go back again to paint other subjects. The immanent loss is difficult to imagine, but bringing like-minded people together to try and capture in may forms the essence of these trees and this forest is amazing and worth while."