Whether lifting your gaze to the sky under a canopy of towering trees or writing a scientific report, cypress trees are a universally compelling subject. All of them are healers and givers of light and wisdom. Meet Yama, meet the Fathers,
Yama first found for us a place to dwell in;
During the Middle Ages, years of plague and instability, the subtle dual symbolism of death and resurrection simplified into the more concrete concept of death. The 19th century artist Van Gogh may have preserved the symbolism in a painting that he completed during his stay in the south of France in 1890; the cypress tree occupies a central position in the famous "Road with Cypress and Star," reaching from earth to the heavens.