Jumping Juniper

Denise Weaver Ross

Albuquerque, United States

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based on original
Mixed media on paper
40 × 26 inches
© Denise Weaver Ross, 2014

ABOUT Jumping Juniper
I decided to do a Joker for every suit just for fun and I also didn’t want to finish the Tree Suit without including the Juniper, which is an important tree in the Southwest. In fact, The Pinyon Pine and Juniper woodlands support the largest nesting bird species list of any upland vegetation type in the West. And of course, Juniper berries, besides being an important food source for wildlife, are used in the distillation of gin, which seemed a worthy occupation for any Joker.

The painting itself takes the central image of the Juniper and includes several of the animals who depend on the Juniper berries in the high desert including the Black Bear, Coyote, Robin, Waxwing, and Townsends Solitaire, but probably not all at the same time.

POEM: Jumpin’ Juniper
In the high desert mountains,
autumn winds gust down canyons,
black bear and coyotes jumped up on juniper berries
romp along the tree line, while robins and waxwings, winter plump,
pause as the solitaire sings sweet and clear in the chilling air.

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