‘Spiralling Cedar Boughs’

Oil on Canvas Board 12″ X 9″


Walking along,

just up the mountainside from the Cathedral Cedar grove,

on one fine, sparkly blue Summer day,

I happened to glance up to see sunlight catching lacy Cedar boughs

in a glorious ascending spiral pattern,

encircling what felt like a vortex gathering me up and

transporting me into the heavens.


These are Western Red Cedars, symbols of rebirth, nobility and sublime loftiness; they are spiritually powerful, since ancient times believed to be capable of carrying one to sacred space.

Spirals have been used since the very beginnings of humankind to symbolize the cyclical nature of life and of time

~ energy unfurling, fertility, recurrence and renewal.

They are emblematic of the Sun and of solar energy or the irrepressible life force, even the origin and unfolding of the Universe ~ endless potential.


~Barbara Brown, from Volume I, SYLVAN REFLECTIONS, Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings From the Forest, Page 39