The Iron Mountain area is located along Dewdney Trunk Road at the border between Maple Ridge and Mission. The ground here and along Wilson Avenue to Lougheed Highway has high concentrations on iron in the bedrock and soil which can interfere with cell phone reception. Many people living in this area still have to rely on landlines installed in their homes in order to have a reliable phone service.
A short distance from where I live there is a grove of cedar trees. If you have drive along Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, heading east, you will pass this spot on your lefthand side. What is unique, and often overlooked, is that there is a small creek flowing invisible in the undergrowth. Along this waterway lived a family of beaver, which would often dam the creek causing the grove to flood, overflowing onto and over Dewdney Trunk Road. City workers would then destroy the beaver dam, and then the beavers return and rebuild it. It was this ongoing flooding issue that caused the cedars in this grove to slowly die. Several of the living cedars depicted in this painting have since perished.
Painting Specifications: Medium: Acrylic paint & black ink Size: 11w x 14h-inches Surface: Illustration Board Completed: December 2019