19 Dec 14. Returning from a visit at a friend's a couple days post snowfall, I noticed a small tree along side the road which was recovering from being substantially bent over from the weight of the snow on the branches and leaves. As it still had most of its leaves, it had collected a fair amount of snow, but with the combination of sunlight and a slight breeze it was shedding the white stuff as quickly as it could. It wasn't very impressive as I drove by it on my way to visit, but on the return leg the sun was now behind it illuminating the leaves and providing for some dramatic color. Of course, being a back lit subject, I couldn't resist and pulled over to capture it. As I was preparing the image to share today it dawned on me that this subject was a prime candidate for printing on canvas, and as I didn't have a canvas texture readily available (I have several but I didn't have them easily locatable), I elected to go with a filter that, while not exactly imitating canvas, could do an acceptable job. It was one of my creative types and it added a lot more than just texture. A lot of it I liked, but there was a fair portion that was competing with the subject, so I simply painted it out with black, directly on the image, making it a destructive edit. The bright white in the image is snow, so it should be that white. For those of you who like to examine these images, you will note that the white is not blown out but very close so it still has detail albeit somewhat manipulated by the filter. Taken on the first of December, it provides you some idea as to how late fall came this year. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 7.1.