Juniper Man in Bryce National Park
Among the majestic spires, canyons, buttes and mesas of Bryce and Canyonlands National Parks can be found a truly amazing tree: the Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma). Junipers grow in some of the most inhospitable landscapes imaginable, thriving in an environment of baking heat, bone-chilling cold, intense sunlight, little water and fierce winds. Often they appear to grow straight out of solid rock. On the Colorado Plateau, the juniper, along with the pinyon pine, forms the most prevalent plant community—the pinyon-juniper woodland—between 4,500 and 7,000 feet above sea level.
This painting was done from a photo I took while visiting Bryce National Park of one of these great old juniper trees. It gave the appearance of a male mythical god reaching for the skies above.
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