‘A Wide Open Winter Wander’
Oil on Canvas 12″ X 24″
This is the forest floor beneath the Cedar ‘Cathedral’ grove in my forest,
here in its deep winter slumber.
Its open nature draws me in; inviting freedom of movement and expansion of spirit.
Sense the clear columns rising high above.
Pristine snow adds to the spacious purity.
Follow the easy meandering path of the ribbon;
feel free to wander through this expansive open forest at your whim.
The trees are Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), growing to 130 feet and living to 1,000 years.
Cedars symbolize purity, cleanliness, sublime and noble loftiness, and immortality.
They are portals to sacred realms, dwelling places of the gods.
There are also a few White, or Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) here,
who can grow to 100 feet tall but seldom live past 140 years, being relatively fast-growing and short-lived.
Also considered a noble tree, the Birch is symbolic of new life, renewal and rebirth.
~Barbara Brown, from upcoming Volume II, SYLVAN REFLECTIONS, Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings From the Forest