Old Bur Oak

Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Cook County, Illinois
September 12, 2021
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 in. (22.9 x 27.9 cm)

Private collection

This old specimen was far larger than the oaks around it, and I could only wonder if it had stood in this spot centuries ago when widespread prairie fires still kept these groves free of brush – a job now nicely done by the Forest Preserve District and volunteer stewards.