A prominent aging birch tree, enduring isolation along the Craggy Garden, Pinnacle trail. Bent low by harsh winds whipping over the summit of two of the Great Smokey Mountain’s tallest peaks, this ancient natural landmark has endured extremely frigid weather conditions which most wildlife simply cannot endure. In this image from our “Landscape Gallery”, it’s character is revealed as a plethora of golden-green ferns, flourish beneath it’s protective, blossoming canopy. Moderate fog hints of unpredictable weather while the sun struggles to bring warmth and light, if only for a short time. Perhaps relentless determination to prevail, in such hostile environment, is what attracts the eye. It’s character stands out in spite of a twisted and gnarled appearance. Regardless, it’s ability to survive, no doubt, provides refuge and shelter against the bitter cold, still. I’ve hiked the Craggy Garden trails several times and the winters there are no picnic. Snow, ice, and blinding fog combine with bitter cold wind gusts to drive even the toughest back. Rugged terrain adds to the challenge, whether to navigate or survive. I don’t envy the brutal winters that this birch must endure, but it’s tenacious will to survive is worthy of a second glance. Images printed on archival, fine art. photo rag paper, or stretched fine art canvas w/twelve pigment based inks and chroma-optimizer. Prints include acid-free gator board, Canvases include 3/4″ Stretcher Bars w/1/2″ bracer bar on canvas’ over 24″. Hardwood frames include UV protectant, anti-reflective (standard), or conservation glass. conservation cotton rag conservation matboard, dust cover and hangers.