Bob and I spent three hours exploring the Keystone Ancient Forest Preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy and the city of Sand Springs.
Excerpts from the Nature Conservancy website....
Although the trees are not that broad in girth they are very old, some 300 to 500 years old but the harsh climate and rather poor red soil keeps them from becoming any larger in this harsh, drought-ridden, wind torn landscape but their twisting shapes are very beautiful and some of the oldest have been hurt by lightening strikes.
Although I have already done several paintings and drawings inspired by these trees, I have a number more planned for my installation in conjunction with the documentary when it is aired at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.
Animal tracks in the wet muddy path....
These photos are all my own but Daniel Lay has been assisting us on some of our shoots and the pictures of Grace Grothaus in her studio are all shot by Daniel who has been a huge help on our shoots.