Quaking Aspen Tree: Art Print by John Tayson
Responding to the slightest breeze, the Quaking Aspen seems to be always quivering with apprehension. Since days of old, legend and mystery have concealed the cause of this trembling. One tale purports that the Christian cross was cut from an Aspen and since that day, the tree trembles in fear of God. Also, man has likened its flapping leaves to the tongues of gossiping women. Though the legends are many, they spring from quite a simple point of construction. The thin leaves rustle easily because their broad blades are at right angles to the long, slender stalks which firmly connect to the twig. The slightest breeze sets the leaves in motion, twisting the stalk which then springs back to its former position. In addition to their trembling, these dancing leaves also gain note for the brilliant panorama their autumn yellows lend to America's alpine meadows and valleys. Indeed, each year, throngs of people ascend to the Rocky Mountains where the splendor of a hillside aflame with Aspens spreads before them. Always attractive, the bark varies with the weather, assuming an olivegreen color following a spring shower. In early spring, varnished buds blossom into slender catkins. Later, feathery seeds float on the wind, propagating the beauty of the Aspen.
Art Print Size: 10.5 Inches x 12.25 Inches. Each print is hand numbered and limited to just two hundred prints.
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