A tree portrait does not have to be of a living tree. In this case, a sturdy spruce continues to offer habitat and aesthetics along the shore.
In Maine, I went to the beach one day during the early days of the Covid19 lockdown. No one else was around. I set up my paints out of the wind, in the high tide zone, where I could focus on a dead tree. This red spruce (Picea rubens) appeared to have endured many storms. Rising sea level led to washing out of rocks and soil among its roots. The weathered branches were so expressive, and they had an odd appeal. Though dead, the tree continues to offer habitat for birds that come to perch or to peck for insects. A few hours later, I came away grateful for what I have. For a little while, the pandemic seemed far away.
[Item number 4626]
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