born September in Maykop, died October 1976 in a railway accident near Kazan [his family did not believe the official version of his death]) was a Russian illustrator, who left more than 400 paintings and drawings.
Trees can take on some interesting shapes as they grow. This cypress in the Congaree National Park once straddled the stump of another fallen tree. The stump has since rotted away to leave the cypress in an interesting position. - Photo via Leo Rose
"A tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray; a tree that may in Summer wear a nest of robins in her hair, upon whose bosom snow has lain, who intimately lives with rain." -Trees, by Joyce Kilmer