A scene of mountains and birches reflected in the lake inspired by the Catskills of upstate New York. This painting was done for a dear friend who loves blue, as a remembrance of her former home in the Catskills.
The bark of the birch is excellent to use (especially the inside papery part) for starting a fire when camping - especially in damp conditions.It is also used to make lantern shades, and beautifully worked baskets by some Native American artisans.The bark can also be used for paintings.
The birch symbolizes cleansing of the past,vision quest (Native American practice) and new beginnings.
Birch trees are broadleaved deciduous hardwood trees, of the genus Betula ,part of the family Betulaceae, which also includes alders, hazels, and hornbeams, Birches are closely related to the beech/oak family, Fagaceae.
The name "birch" comes from anold Germanic root, birka, meaning "white, bright; to shine." The rune berkanan is named after the birch.
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