Squirrel and Apple - Original Painting
11.25" x 11.25"
Oil on Wood
Reclaimed Oak Floating Frame
This is part of series on Nebraska's Historic Animals. These species shaped the ecology and culture of the area and were painted at 8 Nebraska State Historical Parks across Nebraska.
Painted at Arbor Lodge State Historic Park in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Originally built in 1855, and expanded significantly since, this lodge was home to J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. Today the park has some of the biggest trees in the state and a mansion full of historical artifacts.
If you’re in the area, visit during the AppleJack Harvest Festival at the end of September. AppleJack is a stronger version of cider, and was consumed widely in the 1800’s. The Mortons planted a whole lot of apple trees for this beverage, and several varieties of apples we know today began here.
Not more than ten minutes after we arrived, I caught a squirrel on video making off with an apple. I thought he was a fitting animal to represent this bit of Nebraska History.
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