My favorite subject to paint is waterfalls. Traveling to Bond Falls in Michigan which has several falls is always a pleasure for gathering more subject matter to paint.
On one trip, satisfied with the many photos of the rocks and water around the main fall, I was ready to leave. On the way back to my car I noticed this little area cast perfectly in light and shadow. At any other time I would not have noticed it.
The maple tree seedling against the dark background was the subject that I used to paint "Reaching For the Light" which received an Honorable Mention in the recent Illinois Watercolor Members show.
You don't have to travel to exotic places. Very often the perfect reference for inspiration is right at your feet, beckoning in a ray of afternoon sunlight.