Red Tree, Crown Range Road

First of 3 inspired by Mondrian’s “Red Tree”. This tree is a survivor. It sits above the hairpins taking the Crown Range Road from Arrowtown Junction to the top of the vertical terminal moraine at the end of the greater Queenstown Valley. From here, the road turns North towards Cardrona and Wanaka.

It’s magnificently isolated up here, pleasant and spectacular in summer, dangerous in winter if things go wrong. I first rode it on a Honda 350 in the summer of 1974, it was all  3 tyre track gravel then and tricky, but even so, the main warnings from locals related to the weather.

Oils on canvas 24″x18″. Late afternoon in winter, coming back to Queenstown after skiing at Cardrona or Triple Cone, and it’s cold.

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