Colwell Cedars Retreat

      ~ merging awareness, creativity, and nature ~

          Joe spent years learning common and scientific names during his career with the US Forest Service.

          These are the species the experts say may be ours at Cedars:

  • Juniperus monosperma—One-seed juniper.
  • Juniperus osteosperma—Utah juniper.
  • Juniperus scopulorum—Rocky Mountain juniper.

Some sources say one species grows with single trunk and another species with multi-trunks.   And other sources say vice versa!

          Joe now says names are not important, because as soon as you learn a name, then you quit looking at the plant or animal or geologic formation.

          So — What’s in a name?
          Nothing.
          Look at the shape, the color, the size, the smell, the texture.
          A true name would take an hour to speak.

Cedars at Cedars
        When we were settled here in 1997, Katherine’s intention was to draw a juniper/cedar tree every day, and perhaps in thirty years or so, record every one within the forty acres.  That hasn’t happened, but a digital camera makes documenting the “cedars of Cedars” a spontaneous continuing activity.

       Enjoy this slide show of juniper/cedars snags, and the gallery of six selected at random from over 250 collected.