Jessica Gabriel inspired me the other day with her fabulous painting of a Madrona Tree. Their more scientific name is Arbutus and she used that in the title by calling it “art beaut us” . Here is the link so you can go admire her work too. http://jessicagabriel.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/artbeautus/
Several years ago I wrote a post about these trees with some good facts about them. They have a rather delicate disposition and are fond of salt water coast lines in temperate climates. If they are planted in a domesticated yard scenario they can suffer and not flourish. So, go enjoy them in nature by visiting my older post.
That brings me to my rainy walk down to the beach which traverses a madrona forest. In my world this is a double wonderful place because a family of crows have lived in it for years. I have watched them raise several babies and even used it as a backdrop for my short story Edgar the Baby Crow.
My crow family did not disappoint and they posed for me in different trees for their 2014 spring pictures.