Trees have always been a source of wonder for me. Pausing, looking up and absorbing the unique beauty of each has been an integral part of my journey as an artist. Within the last year, several sources of influence have changed my sense of purpose. Reading Richard Powers’ The Overstory affected me deeply. The book… Read more
The Florida Yew (Taxis Floridana) and the Florida Nutmeg (Torreya Taxifolia) are among the 79 most critically endangered trees in the United States. After some fairly thorough internet research, I found a few promising leads on the whereabouts of these trees. One was the Garden of Eden trail managed by The Nature Conservancy. After sending… Read more
At the beginning of my search for endangered trees, I encountered Murphy Westwood of the Morton Arboretum, who was incredibly patient and helpful when I started my journey. She directed me to the IUCN Redlist, a list of the U.S.’s most endangered trees. One of these was the Quercus Boyntonii, or Boynton Sand Post Oak.… Read more
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