Arboreal artistry

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

“I think that I shall never see , a poem lovely as a tree. . .”

Joyce Kilmer’s beloved poem “Trees” is so well known that he has a national forest named after him. Who doesn’t love a beautiful tree? Some trees are world famous such as General Sherman in California’s Sequoia National Park or the Angel Oak Tree outside of Charleston. Several individual trees within Cades Cove are recognized by visitors and photographers.

It often seems the tall, well rounded and perfectly filled out trees get all the love. Personally, I’ll take a nice gnarly, lopsided half-dead tree anytime. These have personality, just as the weathered lines of an old cowboy’s face show a lifetime of character. Throw in some distant clouds and the color of sunset and I am about as happy as a photographer can get.

“. . . Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”

 Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest. Their website is If a particular piece interests you for your home or office, please contact them. All works are copyright protected.

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