Yikes! Time is running out and my Frankenstein-Render insists on slowly shambling along... 6 (12 virtual) cores at 100% pulling 46.7 gigs (out of 48) now for over 72 hours. Oh well. Thanks for the comments, and I do appreciate the "painterly" comparison, it's how I see it as well. Here's a 'standard view' crop render at 300 degrees, lots of custom Speedtree shrubs. Fun exercise and lots of great images being created!