‘Larch StarBurst’

Oil on Canvas 16″ X 12″


Larch and Fir grow entwined,

and burst forth into the wholeness of a nine-pointed star.

This image stunned me, as it appeared before my eyes one fine day in late October:

a nine-pointed star!
in Larch blazing against and amongst Douglas Fir,

like a signal fire to the open air;

to all who would see,

a message,

a proclamation!


Nine ~ the sacred three, times three;

the incorruptible number of completion and eternity,

unity, and the crown of achievement.

Larch ~ a tree for protection and rebirth;

It is a singularly beautiful tree,

singular in that it is a conifer that is not evergreen,

– it sheds its needles every Fall in a gorgeous deep golden display.

Douglas Fir ~ a tree of hope, fortitude and strength,

clarity, and immortality.


~Barbara Brown, from Volume I, SYLVAN REFLECTIONS, Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings From the Forest, Page 59