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National flower of Argentina

Erythrina cristina galli (Ceibo) is the National flower of Argentina. The Erythrina is a South American tree, with carmine red flowers and a crooked trunk. Locally Erythrina is called as ceibo, sebo or bucar. Common names of Erythrina include, Cockspur Coral Tree, Cock’s Comb, Common Coral Tree, Cry-Baby Tree. (source http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/nationalflowers/argentina-national-flower)

Messy Woods

(by Michael J. Fargione) Standing dead trees are known as snags; they provide food, shelter and resting places for wildlife. As fungi and insects attack living trees and dead snags, they soften the wood, making it possible for woodpeckers and other cavity makers to create holes. These holes are also used by other animals. (source – http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/messy-woods-serve-critical-purpose-forest-management)

Messy Woods

The Neva

The Neva

“The Neva is the main waterway of Petersburg and the town is situated along its banks and across the islands of its broad delta. It is one of the largest rivers in Europe by volume of water and also one of the world’s shortest major rivers at only 74 kilometers. The Neva connects Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe, to the Baltic Sea. For centuries, it was of great strategic importance for transport and so the interests of the Russians, Swedes, Finns, and Balts clashed on its banks. From the 8th-13th centuries, the Neva was part of the trade route from Scandinavia to Byzantium, the road “from the Varangians to the Greeks.” In 1240, the Novgorod militia led by Prince Alexander Yaroslavich defeated the invading Swedish army on the banks of the Neva. Because of the victory, the prince was thereafter nicknamed Alexander Nevsky (of the Neva). But the main page in the history of this great river began to be written, of course, in 1703 when St. Petersburg was founded at the mouth of the Neva.” (source – http://www.saint-petersburg.com/rivers-and-canals/neva-river/)

The Neva

Abandoned greenhouse

I stumbled across this “abandoned greenhouse“ in Botzovo in Lenigrad Oblast several years ago. The other day I painted it using a restricted palette.Abandoned greenhouse

KOZYOL means Idiot in Russian

KOZYOL means Idiot in Russian. Here is my painting of a Billy Goat – KOZYOL or Idiot in Russian..

The Idiot (RussianИдио́тIdiot) is a novel by the 19th-century Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published serially in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1868–9.

The title is an ironic reference to the central character of the novel, Prince (KnyazLyov Nikolaevich Myshkin, a young man whose goodness and open-hearted simplicity lead many of the more worldly characters he encounters to mistakenly assume that he lacks intelligence and insight. In the character of Prince Myshkin, Dostoevsky set himself the task of depicting “the positively good and beautiful man”.[2] The novel examines the consequences of placing such a unique individual at the centre of the conflicts, desires, passions and egoism of worldly society, both for the man himself and for those with whom he becomes involved. The result, according to philosopher A.C. Grayling, is “one of the most excoriating, compelling and remarkable books ever written; and without question one of the greatest.”[3]

(source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Idiot)KOZYOL means Idiot in RussianKOZYOL means Idiot in Russian

Japanese flowering cherry

The Japanese flowering cherry (also known as the Yoshino cherry) is the darling of the flowering tree world and the star of such renowned events as the National and International Cherry Blossom Festivals. This stand-out tree is, of course, known for its vibrant display of white-pink blossoms and faint almond fragrance in the springtime. In the summer, this tree will be a highlight in the yard with its oriental branching pattern, glossy bark and dark green leaves. (Source https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=812)Japanese flowering cherry

Family “KOT”

Here is our Family “KOT”. The Russian word for Cat is “KOT”.

“It is different. Russian word for cat is kot (the k and t sounds are different from those of english). in armenian cat is katu again k and t are different from that of english . Cat kot katu . These words are not the same, but they are similar. Anyway all these languages are indoeuropean. / written by Mihr Aharuni, An Armenian from Diaspora.”

Family "KOT"

Svetlana across the River Neva

Svetlana across the River Neva.

“The Neva (Russian: Нева́IPA: [nʲɪˈva]) is a river in northwestern Russia flowing from Lake Ladoga through the western part of Leningrad Oblast (historical region of Ingria) to the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland. Despite its modest length of 74 kilometres (46 mi), it is the fourth largest river in Europe in terms of average discharge (after the Volga, the Danube and the Rhine).” (source From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Svetlana across the River Neva

Given Name EKATERINA

“Given Name EKATERINA – GENDER: Feminine – USAGE: BulgarianMacedonianRussian – OTHER SCRIPTS: Екатерина (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian)
PRONOUNCED: ye-kah-tye-REE-nah (Russian), ee-kah-tee-REE-nah (Russian)   [key] – Meaning & History – Bulgarian and Macedonian form of KATHERINE, and a variant Russian transcription of YEKATERINA.” (source http://www.behindthename.com/name/ekaterina)
Given Name EKATERINA

Hermitage Horses

Hermitage Horses. “The Hermitage is comprised of two big sections – the Winter Palace, which was the living apartments and state rooms for the Russian imperial family, and the “Hermitage,” rooms built for the art collections. Catherine the Great knew that good art reflected well on the Russian monarchy, so she collected big time, especially paintings of Western Europe. In the Hermitage, kids will see so many fabulous paintings in the original.” (source https://www.travelforkids.com/Funtodo/Russia/hermitagemuseum.htm)

Hermitage Horses

Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

Construction of the stone Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin began in 1500 with the building of the Ivanovo Tower; the main work commenced in 1508 and by 1515 a grandiose building was completed. The oak walls that formed the old fortifications were destroyed by a huge fire in 1513. (source Wikipedia)

Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

koryushka fish

Koryushka FishThe body of the koryushka fish (European smelt) is typically 15 to 18 cm long, slender and slightly flattened on either side. Larger fish may reach 30 cm in length. Smelts have a slightly translucent body. The back and sides are grey-green to pink in colour, the flanks bright silver. The tailfin has a dark border. The smelt lives for up to six years. One characteristic is its intense smell, reminiscent of fresh cucumbers. (source Wikipedia)

Hammock in Fiji

This Hammock in Fiji was just outside the beach front bungalow I lived in for 11 days in 2011.Hammock in Fiji

the shack across the path

This shack is across the dirt path from my wife’s Russian dacha. Started this painting using sketching fundamentals. Then with auto painting in painter 2017, oily blender, born bristles and soft glazing. After the auto painting I overlayed the freehand sketching fundamental. Hmm like oil and water. My freehand sketching fundamental does not match the cloned auto painting. But so much fun, Ill take it!

the shack across the path

Barn

I first saw this beautiful barn in Russia near my in laws family home a few years back. Walking around the neighborhood. I was soon wanting to buy it. Our friend a-local real estate expert said the asking price was about 80’000 US dollars. It is still on the market today four years later. No Water, electricity or snow plowing several miles away from the nearest road.  Still a great deal!

BarnBarn

Snowy wood barns

Snowy wood barns are in a secret spot somewhere where no one can find. I have looked and have never found these snowy wood barns. Painted from a dream.Snowy wood barns

more dacha flowers

Every where one looks there are more dacha flowers. Every corner of this tiny piece of land explodes with beauty every July. Every other corner is crammed with fresh growing scallions, carrots, tomato’s and potatoes. This is great spot to eat fresh salads every day. This place with more dacha flowers is a great spot on this planet.

more dacha flowers

3 seasonal landscapes

Not sure if these 3 seasonal landscapes are Russian or American. Not sure if Figaro is Italion, Russian, American or some one else? But sounds nice tonight.

Nick’s Shop

Christmas logo for Nick’s Shop. The text was created using the 3D module in photoshop. The painting was created using the texture cover brushes in painter 2017.

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