Is that a bear traipsing through the yard? Or a red-tailed hawk swooping in to seize its prey? Look a little closer, because Lueb Popoff’s ultra-realistic woodcarvings are so lifelike, they’re frequently mistaken for the real thing. “I strive for realism without being a fanatic about it,” he says modestly.
Maybe he’s not fanatical, but he’s definitely meticulous. To ensure he captures every detail, Lueb researches not only what his subjects look like, but also their behavior in the wild.