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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.


   
  
 


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

 
   
  
 


Transformations

 
   
  
 


Home for the Holidays

 
   
  
 


Spring Coat

 
   
  
 


The Observer

 
   
  
 


Refuge

 
   
  
 


Sheltered

 
   
  
 


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

 
   
  
 


Sentinels

 
   
  
 


Cottonwood Blues

 
   
  
 


Sheltering Limbs

 
   
  
 


Willows and Cottonwoods

 
   
  
 


End of the Day

 
   
  
 


Wintry Sunrise

 
   
  
 


Reawakening

 
   
  
 


Glowing Cottonwood

 
   
  
 


Cottonwood, Winter Light

 
   
  
 


Eary Winter

 
   
  
 


Frosted Cottonwood

 
   
  
 


Winter Peace

 
   
  
 


Liberated by Light

 
   
  
 


Early to Rise

 
 





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