Sometimes O'Keeffe depicted the dead cedar trees that she saw in the landscape near her Ghost Ranch house in New Mexico. She wrote:
"[It] was one of many dead cedars out in the bare, red hills of Ghost Ranch. A friend [Irish poet Gerald Heard] the Ranch that summer had evidently found it and from the footmarks I guessed he must have been dancing around the tree before I started to paint it. So I always thought of it as Gerald's tree."