On our walks I have noticed that the pine trees have started to drop their holiday gifts of pine cones. These newly fallen cones are a beautiful burnt sienna color that reminds me again that fall is on its way. I am sure they are not much more than a nuisance to the gardener's who work so hard to keep those grassy knolls mowed. I think I will begin collecting them early this year, before the big rush right before the holidays. Before the mowers and cars and kids have run them over or crushed them underfoot. I will collect a few everyday and once I have enough I might even paint the group of them. What a challenge that will be, I find them a bit difficult to capture for some reason.