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Cottonwood Moods
Fremont Cottonwoods are among the most ubiquitous and iconic trees growing in the desert of my home, the Colorado Plateau. Their presence anywhere in the landscape indicates the proximity of water. Their thick and twisted trunks often speak of the struggle to survive in the face of adversity. Indeed, these trees persist through periods of drought, massive floods, extremes of heat and cold - all of which shape and temper them so that no two are alike. Those of us prone to the indiscretion of anthropomorphism may see in them the visages of ancient mystics, scarred by time yet oblivious to it. Twice a year these solemn giants go through profound transformations: donning the lime-green buds of spring folliage after a naked winter slumber; and assuming a glowing gold coat in autumn, before the leaves are shed again. Cottonwoods are recurring charachters in my desert stories, and their presence is almost constant in the places I love more than any other.


Canyon Autumn Afternoon


Autumn Revelation


The Living Years


Winter Fairyland


Red, White and Blue


Desert Brush Tapestry


Sheltering Walls


Autumn Ornaments


Slow Dancing


The Loneliest Season


Better than Television


Cold Flames


The Desert Dreams


Frosted Cottonwood


Cottonwood Blues


Badlands Autumn




Home for the Holidays


Spring Coat


The Observer






Untrammeled Oasis


Visiting An Old Friend


Badlands Autumn


Blissful Isolation


The Glowing Season


In The Slickrock


Remains of the Day


Winter Mist


Cold Sleep


Blue and Broken




Cottonwood Blues


Sheltering Limbs


Willows and Cottonwoods


End of the Day


Wintry Sunrise




Glowing Cottonwood


Cottonwood, Winter Light


Eary Winter


Frosted Cottonwood


Winter Peace


Liberated by Light


Canyon Breeze


Early to Rise


Winter Flamenco


Winter Minuet


Bare Essentials


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