This landscape painting communicates the beauty of a diverse ecosystem, and the environmental importance of a protected area. This painting is representative of the Okanagan highlands 587 hectare provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, located west of the confluence of the Kettle, and the West Kettle Rivers. I hope to ignite a passion to protect our wild places. This path set amid a forest of western larch, immature lodgepole pine and black alder covers the surrounding hillside, and provides habitat for deer, elk, and moose. To hike through this magnificent forest in the spring, and smell the fragrance of the pines is what led to this spark of inspiration. The forest wild flowers of the columbine, lupines, and bright yellow arnica are represented in the foreground of the painting, and brighten the landscape, but more importantly have a symbiotic relationship with the trees that partially shade them. This provincial park is always under review through the management planning process, and it is vital that this protected area be preserved as one of the best examples of Okanagan highlands in Canada.