Young Hornbeam on a Foggy Day

TM9662 Young Hornbeam on a Foggy Day 36×54 oil on panel

I walk the woods so regularly I feel I have dear friends among the trees. I’ve known and painted so many of them. Hornbeams are definitely among my favorites. Also known as ironwood, they are incredibly dense. Also slow growing. Perhaps most distinctive about them is the way they hold on to their leaves all winter and into the spring. Pale, papery, dancing leaves stand out in the winter woods, the light sienna tinged color made more striking against so much blue and white. Even in spring, when signs of green are returning, the hornbeams stand out. Eventually they will shed their old leaves for new, and for a short while be camouflaged in their neighborhood. My view of hornbeam saplings on a foggy day in early spring salutes their grace. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9662 Young Hornbeam on a Foggy Day – detail from center
TM9662 Young Hornbeam on a Foggy Day – detail from lower edge
TM9662 Young Hornbeam on a Foggy Day – detail from left side

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