30 Mosaics Challenge: Oregon Icons

Posted on Sep 29, 2015

As I cross the finish line today, the plants that inspired these 30 days of mosaics form a collection. To me it looks like home.

In this final set are two of my favorite broadleaf trees, Red Alder and Bigleaf Maple. When I was a kid, fall was celebrated by leaping into the pile of yellow leaves under that giant maple tree in our backyard.

There are the extravagant blooms of Western azalea that perfume the spring air, the late-summer fruits of evergreen huckleberry, and the tinsel-like strands of coast silktassel that appear in late winter.

And like the redwoods of California, our evergreen conifers define the Northwest landscape. Douglas fir, Western red cedar and Sitka spruce complete this collection of native plants.

Bigleaf Maple mosaic

Bigleaf Maple


Coast Silktassel mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Coast Silktassel


Douglas Fir mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Douglas Fir


Evergreen Huckleberry mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Evergreen Huckleberry


Red Alder mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Red Alder


Sitka Spruce mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Sitka Spruce


Western Azalea mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Western Azalea


Western Red Cedar mosaic by Joanne Daschel

Western Red Cedar