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"How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
Which, like a canker in the fragrant rose,
Doth spot the beauty of thy budding name!
O, in what sweets dost thou thy sins enclose!"
(William Shakespeare, Sonnet 95)

Well, my Friends, I chose this sonnet for you for a reason. This is the last painting that I am making for the Discover Cape Perpetua project - at least for this summer. Over the past several weeks I have painted giant trees, panoramic views and historical remembrances for your enjoyment. It was a wonderful, yet intense experience. Thus I thought it fine enough to relax a little and select a simple flower - a close up of one of the many blooms that have been fascinating me throughout my stay on the Oregon Coast.

Yet, I have been tricked.

By profession I am a water quality specialist; supportive of conservation efforts and preserving the integrity of our environment. Ironic, then, the subject matter I chose and painted is nothing more than bad news in disguise. Rather than being the beautiful bloom that I admired, it turns out to be one of the 'dirty thirty' that disrupts the ecology of the coastal Pacific Northwest. You see, this morning glory receives the triple 'D's, as it Distrupts, Displaces and Dominates the coastal environment in Oregon and probably other States as well.

Well she tricked me. I am a sucker for the poison apple, in the end. Don't let her trick you as well.

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