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Sunday, January 25, 2009


Lucy Corrander - Twisting Bark - 13th January 2009

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Hermes said...

That is wonderful, you have such a good eye to spot such things.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

I love tree bark - this is a great shot Lucy.

Gordon Mason said...

Creepery! Textures and light fantastic.

easygardener said...

Lovely pattern - almost woven.

Barbee' said...

There is so much movement in the pattern, my eyes will not stay still.

Philip Bewley said...

wonderful lucy!

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Hermes, Karen, Gordon and Barbee.

I'm glad you find the Twisting Bark interesting.

I'll have to go back and see if I can find someone who knows what the tree is. It is in a public gardens. They are very well cared for so there must be quite a few people who work there - but I've never seen any of them.

It may be that, because they are so well established, the maintenance needed is less than I would imagine . . . except for blocking off unsafe paths - for this is another garden which, unfortunately, is slipping towards the sea!

(Big defences have now been put in place there but the slope above them is still a bit rickety.)

And this has suddenly brought a thought into my head. Barbee, I know your garden is on a steep gradient . . . and I know there are a lot of rocks there which, along with terracing, presumeably keep it stable . . . but I'm wondering what is at the bottom of your slope. Is there a river there?

And, Philip, being in San Francisco, which, I understand is also very uppy-downy, do you have troubles with slippage in your garden?


Lucy Corrander said...

Easy Gardener - this twisting bark would make another good candidate for our textured computer screens!


Barbee' said...

Hi Lucy, I am finally back after some days with no electrical service. Yes, we are on a slope, because the back used to be a limestone quarry. It flattens off before the back fence. Just beyond the fence is a row of houses. Across the street in front of them there is a spring fed stream that runs the year round. I wish it ran through my back yard.

Lucy Corrander said...

Barbee - not a good time of year, I suspect, to be without electricity. I hope you weathered it ok and are both alright.

Aren't the words 'spring fed stream' wonderful!


Barbee' said...

Thank you, Lucy. We are both ok. I should write a post about the ice storm.

Debbie said...

I love the texture of the bark. Nice shot.

Lucy Corrander said...

Thanks, Debbie.

It's wonderful how many things there are just there in the world for us to look at. They don't even have to be hunted for - they are just there.

Having a camera in one's hand gives the opportunity for doing just that.

I had to climb a steep bank in a park to get to this trunk (I kept slipping!). If I had been balancing there with a camera, staring at this lovely bark without the camera - well, I would have been wondering what people would be thinking of me (even if no-one was noticing!). Yet this bark is fantastic, whether I'm looking at it or not.

So - I'd recommend everyone to carry a camera, even if they aren't taking photos - it gives one an excuse to 'see' things.


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