While walking the Rye Patch grounds, I was attracted to the subject in my Spruced Up piece by its vibrant green colors. The design of the scale-like leaves convinced me to create a composition of it. For aesthetic reasons, I placed it in the frame so that the sharp tips of the leaves were reaching up and out (as if the leaves were imitating a tree). Though otherwise cluttered and busy, the extremely shallow depth of field, when shooting at two times life-size, ensured that the background dissolved into simple patches of various colors. I liked how the earth tones on the leaves are similar to those of the dirt in the background. The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen.