Cemetery Cedar 10 x 14

This is a cedar that stands about 15-20 feet high but it's trunk is masive.  It appears that once it must have been cut short so it grew horizontally.  There are many newborns and youth of the 1890's who fell victum to small pox.  The town of Ionia, Nebrasks sat below the hill but is gone now.  Straight ahead is north. NW about 100 yards was the historic find by Lewis and Clark of what was then thought to be a smoking volcano.  The hill top was hot to the touch.  It was a chemical reaction of material and water that created the heat.  It has since been wash away by the Missouri River.  From at top 180 feet up above the river you can see for miles to the north into South Dakota.  It is well worth the dirt roads to visit. This was a Plein Air study.  The day was humid and hot as I stood below a Malberry tree which provied some sweet berries. 

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Born in New Jersey but grew up in NE, Nebraska on the Winnebago Indian Reservation.  MFA in Art Education, Rhode Island School of Design '92.  Currently in my 30th year as a High School Art Teacher. I'm a fith Generation descendent of Asher B. Durand of the Hudson River School.  Primarily an acrylic landscape painter, I have been working in pastels for the past two years as a tool mostly for plein air painting.