The bark of most pines is thick and scaly, but some species have thin, flaky bark. The branches are produced in regular “pseudo whorls”, actually a very tight spiral but appearing like a ring of branches arising from the same point. This image is a watercolor by David Dryden of a gnarly pine tree.
A courthouse is a building that is home to a local court of law and often the regional county government as well, although this is not the case in some larger cities. This image is a watercolor by David Dryden of the Collin county courthouse of McKinney Texas.
A salty ocean spray covers the shore in mist while the foamy crest of waves crashes into the rocks below. Each thunderous boom of the waves shakes the earth underfoot and deafening tones resound through the air. You think of the sailors on the sea, approaching each wave head on as though it will be the last one they ever see. Will they be able to make it back to port?
Clouds roll in high above the lake. For all the movement in the heavens, an eerie, quiet stillness hangs over the water. A faint glimmer of sun hangs foggily in the air, strong enough to illuminate the scene but too weak to establish a presence. Is this the quiet before the storm or simply a moment of reprieve?