On a cold spring day, slumbering nature comes to life. The snow has barely begun to melt, and the pussy willows on the willow branches have sprouted. Astrup has given human forms to awakening nature: the imposing Willow has acquired arms and a head, and stretches towards the sky in a silent scream. The mountain formation in the background, still covered in snow, has taken on the form of a reclining woman. She can be found in many of Astrup’s pictures. The willow was an actual tree that stood at the foot of the mountain Orkja. For many years Astrup cut and stiffened the branches on this tree in order to develop its characteristic form. It is a good example of how the whimsical and exaggerated shapes in Astrup’s pictures are often rooted in reality – and of how he shaped his surroundings in order to create potential motifs, as he did on a large scale in his garden in Sandalstrand.