This article accompanies the fable
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820) is based on a German folktale. Irving wasn't of German or Dutch descent but on his visits to Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown) north of Manhattan, he appears to have soaked up some local folklore and the Dutch villagers there hadn't forgotten theirs. Irving is buried in the town cemetery.
The top image is one of Wikipedia Germany's featured photos and it was taken in Zwickau in 2005 by André Karwath.
The lower image is from the United States in 2005 by Scotto Bear and it recalls the human nervous system as well as the roots of a plant and even a species evolutionary tree, full of dead ends.