Autumn Bounty - Acrylic on wood - c.2015
16 inches by 16 inches (40.46 cm by 40.46 cm)
A woodland found by a rest stop in Wetsuwetin country near to Houston BC. The trees are mainly Quaking Aspens and such trees are not well favoured by foresters. However the Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides), while having poor seed vitality, are enormously adept at survival and sometimes can be represented by single a tree covering vast areas. See Pando . In addition it survives forest fires because of deep roots that send up new growth in the same area. Not much favoured for it's wood, which is a hardwood, nor for firewood due to it's lack of lignin. Each leaf is carefully hinged and when the breeze blows the leaves move from side to side and make a sound like falling rain. To me they are a delight both because of their sounds and their colour changes in the Autumn turning huge patches of temperate climate forest a beautiful gold colour.