Merton wrote, "I cannot have enough of the hours of silence when nothing happens. When the clouds go by. When the trees say nothing. When the birds sing. I am completely addicted to the realization that just being there is enough, and to add something else is to mess it all up."
Of course, trying to make silent trees talk might be messing it all up. This 8x10 pastel is done on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.