Monday, April 20, 2009

April Snow

"April Snow"
This is based on the wet snow that fell across Algonquin Park on Friday and early Saturday April 3rd and 4th, 2009. The heavy snowfall was associated with a large low pressure area with strong winds. The wind was unable to penetrate into the forest so the snow stayed where it landed. This is the best place to measure snowfall with a "snow board" and not the type that you go downhill on.
In the case of the spruce trees, the heavy and wet snow dragged the branches down as though the trees were shrugging their shoulders. The lowest branches had been pinned all season to the snow and ice on the ground. The lowest branches were almost permanently trained to reach for the ground by the winter's snowfall. This natural teepee is a great place for creatures to find some shelter. This particular spruce tree is in the Limberlost Nature Preserve.
Oils on dark burnt sienna oil tinted foundation on commercial canvas - 24 X 18 (inches) Started noon Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Painting Place - the Watershed Farm Studio.