The image that is attached was shot in the dead of winter a few years ago. The tree, solid and powerful, symbolizes our government with its many long-reaching branches which I call lifelines. The branches represent the assistance/help that our government has provided the American people throughout history. This message is very dear to me, today, because the government was there to help me and my family during the recession. I lost my job as a draftsman a few years back and was helped with unemployment insurance. I am now struggling as an artist/photographer but I feel that our government has given me a push and a fighting chance to start anew.