Escarpment Cedars

Gnarled Eastern White Cedars can be found growing along the steep cliff face of the Niagara Escarpment.  The severe climate limits their growth but they can attain a great age with some discovered to be more than one thousand years old.  That makes them the oldest living trees in Eastern North America.

However, unlike the ancient Redwoods along the Pacific coast that can top 350 feet, Escarpment Cedars are much smaller.  The Cedar in this sketch is no more than 3 feet.

I made this small painting based on the sketch later at home, a rare incursion with colour for me.