Apologies for the appropriation from David Guterson’s novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, but his suggestive title was roughly what I was attempting with this styling: When there’s enough of it, snow is heavy, and transforms that beneath it.
This is a Yellow Cedar, Cupressus nootkatensis; a good sized tree, nearly 3′ across.
The branches were long and flexible and there was no trouble maneuvering them. Yellow Cedar is exceedingly limber, almost as flexible as Mountain Hemlock.
This tree was collected by our friend Anton Nijhuis of British Columbia, Canada. Enjoy the photo essay-
To see how the foliage refines over time, try this other Yellow Cedar post.