|Ann Diller, Yellowstone Hotspot, 20.5 x 39" NFS|
Ann Diller is another fellow Miami Valley Art Quilt Network member who lives just south of Dayton, OH. This last winter she went on a ski trip in Yellowstone and this is one of the scenes she saw....not only humans seeking the geothermal area, but bison (buffalo) foraging where they might be able to find grass under the snow cover.
Ann called this piece "Yellowstone Hot Spot" which just tickles me for the play on words...hot spot becuase of the geyser, and hot spot for the mammals..human and otherwise.
The trees are called "bobby sock trees" and I had to look that one up. The lodge pole pines have shallow root systems and take up a lot of the minerals which then stay under the bark. As the pines die, the bark at the bottom peels away revealing the minerals which have deposited right under the bark, looking white, as if the tree were wearing bobby socks. Apparently, the National Park Service doesn't use this term anymore, but it is still really fun.