Our ranch is located close to the Flathead River in Northwestern Montana, and where there is water you will find Black Cottonwood. They grow plentiful on our place and play an important role in the eco balance that nature dictates. We have several huge eagle nests high atop old-growth cottonwoods where returning pairs raise one or two eaglets yearly. Beneath this canopy is a scattering of post-flooding trees that welcome nesting, resting, feeding and wildlife reproduction safety. Due to a shallow root system, we do lose an occasional tree to seasonal big winds, but even in its fallen state, a cottonwood will offer a dramatic escape to the whitetail deer that make their home in our riparian forest.
- Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art, Boulder, Colorado
- City of Kalispell, Kalispell, Montana
- Private Collections