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Bitterroot Blossoms
Bitterroot Blossoms
Colored Pencil on Canson
11" x 14"

The bitterroot plant is one of the great reasons to live in the Northwest, as far as I am concerned. It is a resident of the rocky uplands in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s a toss-up whether it’s more interesting before or during blooming. In early spring, the plant shows up as a bright green ball of fleshy tendrils, something like an anenome. As the ground dries out, the leaves shrivel up. By the time the plant begins to bloom, the leaves have disappeared. What remains are the radiantly white, large blooms scattered across the dry moss like snowflakes.

If you would like to see some of the sketches I made of this plant, go to the 2007 sketchbook pages and look under March 10th or go to 2006 sketchbook archive and look under May 9th.

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