From late morning until mid-afternoon today, I spent three hours at the fantastical pond on Mount Greylock, painting from from a spot at one of the corners of the pump house. This is the first painting I did, an 11x14 oil on multimedia art board (which I previously coated with gesso to make it less absorbent). The vegetation around the pond is so thick that less than half of the pond edge is accessible. This is probably why this pond is in such nice shape. Even on a Monday, I saw about twenty-five hikers go by.