I am working on a series called ‘Sanctuary Trees’, where I am drawing those gnarly, grand and very aged trees that support many of our riverbanks. I spotted this Black Bean kayaking upstream. I have come to know some of these trees well, each with its own unique structures and beauty. This Black Bean struck me deeply, with its powerful female forms and the powerful and complicated strength of the root system, which so steadfastly holds and filters the riverbank. The shade from its branches provide shade for me under the hot sun and cool the river for life below. Bright yellow and red flowers grow along the stem, and the very large seed pods (often up to 25cm x 5cm) often bob along the river finding the next location to seed and germinate.