painting of tulip poplar blossoms on the forest floor

Spring Forest Floor

© 2011
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30″ x 24″

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Before moving south into Maryland I had never encountered the tulip poplar tree. Where I grew up poplars are softwood, fast growing trees, more like an aspen. The southern tulip poplar is a large hardwood, grand and long-living like an oak, and they drop these extraordinary green and orange blossoms in the spring!

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