I've recently been wondering whether basses grow on trees because I can't tell you how many times I've seen pictures of basses that were taken outdoor. Is it because people don't want to accidentally include a glimpse of their dirty underwear lying on the floor in their room next to the bass? Is it because they think the sunshine will enhance the flame of the wood? Is it because they are trying to reduce the glare of a flashbulb? I have found (and have seen) that great pictures of basses can be taken indoor, in a bass' natural environment. Good natural light does occur indoor right next to a window and I have found that a good incandescent light will enhance the flame very nicely indeed. Another thing I've noticed is that a great percentage of these "wooden lawn ornament" pictures seem to be taken in Europe and more specifically, the UK. I realize that I may sound ignorant or prejudicial but I honestly don't understand the aesthetic value of a "veranda viol" or an "alfresco contrabasso." So please, if you have it in your heart, do a fellow bassist a favor and leave the role of garden ornament to the gnomes and the reflecting globes. Wow, do I sound cynical or what?