Thursday, August 17, 2006

Bark!!!

This evening I went for a walk around the hill - the first time in several weeks that I've felt up to doing so. Alas, there were few clouds and the sunset wasn't anything special.

But I couldn't walk around with a camera hanging idly from my wrist, now could I? So I took photos of tree trunks instead. These are mostly eucalypts of one variety or another.































It was nearly dark when I arrived home. This is the cherry tree in the front garden.

And this is just because I haven't taken it for a long time.Posted by Picasa


I've just realised that looking at bark and tree shapes could become almost as addictive as cloud watching. Let's hope I don't look at the trees TOO closely whilst I'm driving.

24 comments:

Val said...

Bark of eucalyptus trees, how do I love thee? Oh let me count the ways (or at least admire Alice's photos).

Cazz said...

Hi Alice,

Just come across your blogg via Herons Nest and Meows. Your pictures are just lovely, you are so lucky to have such wonderful surrounds and be able to capture them for us to view.

Only thing I'm able to photograph is my thumb or the unforgotten camera lens cap !!!

Kerri said...

How amazing! Who would've thought tree trunks could be so fascinating? Yes, I can see another obsession looming Alice :) Keep your eyes on the road Madam!
These pictures are wonderful and so interesting. From now on I'll be looking at tree trunk much more closely!

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Quite beautiful photographs Alice. I hope we can anticipate more bark in the future.

Is that a daffodil I spied near your cherry tree?? Marion

PEA said...

Looking at these trees makes me realize how very different our countries are...we don't have these kinds of trees here and all the bark is so different from what I'm used to seeing here!! When I was walking through the Royal Botanical Garden, they had some trees there from places such as Japan, Korea, etc, and we could tell right away from a distance that they weren't our native trees. Beautiful pictures, Alice!!

OldRoses said...

I know what you mean about becoming addicted to tree shapes and bark. I did a fall foliage walk last autumn and found myself photographing as many tree trunks as leaves. I kept wondering how they came by their myriad shapes. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

Interesting bark, no eucalyptus where I am, so it's different to see.

Wendy WaterBirde said...

Oh wow did I love this post Alice! I'm new to your blog, and if this post is any indication of the rest, well looks like I'll be smitten : )

I shared parts of this beautiful post on my own blog (credited to you), hope that's okay...

God's Blessings to you, and a week filled with the healing of trees...

In transit said...

Niiiice cherry tree!!
Some of those trunks could almost be mistaken for a photo of the body of a snake!

Sigrun said...

Hi Alice, your photos are great, very special. You have a lot to show us, while I can not come to Australia!

Sigrun

Connie and Rob said...

Beautiful photos. It is easy to take things for granted. Who knew tree trunks could be so beautiful...

Take care,
Connie

Alice said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I'd love to see photos of trees in your area, too.

In Transit - who's going to climb that tree and pick the cherries for me now that you're in Belgium? I don't think they'll hang on until you return.

Wendy WaterBirde said...

Well now I am truly hooked : )
I explored your lovely blog some more and it is just sooo lovely! I have linked to you from my sidebar.

I really love your idea about sharing images with each other of the trees where we are from. I am so low tech, dont have a scanner or camera right now. But what I can say right now is the the oak trees and bay trees around me growing up had great impact. Bay trees in particular stay in my mind. And as you had mentioned in your comment, there is a huge draw to birch as well, although there were not so many around me growing up at the spot where I was in CA, I actually discovered them most in Germany.

Can't wait to follow this lovely blog Alice : )

God's Blessings, Wendy

Jill said...

These bark photos are lovely, what a gorgeous range of texture! Its so rewarding to slow down and notice the parts that make up the whole.

Simonetta said...

Hi Alice,I love your pictures ; they are fantastic!!!!

Emma said...

Beautiful photos, as always, Alice! I long to go for a bush ramble myself. I must coax my family out into the sunshine some time soon :)

Emma

starnitesky said...

Wonderful textures, its really interesting to see the difference in the trees.

melissa said...

Nice ,Alice .
Bark is amazing isnt it ..you never see it until you look and then its full of colour, texture and life .
i might try and have a wander around the farm this week and take you up on your suggestion of sharing bark !!!

Stuart said...

Awesome post Alice. I have for some time been thinking about doing such a post because we have such wonderful specimens of tree bark here in Oz. Great photos and I'm sure there will be many more to come.

I will certainly post some pics of the trees in our area over the next couple of months.

Nicole said...

Beautiful photographs Alice. I especially like the 'red bark' tree. Have you ever tried photographing things really close? I sometimes do that when I go for my walks. Lots of love xox.

roybe said...

Good candidates for " trees worth hugging" on flickr Alice

Carol said...

It's very ineresting to see how different all the trunks look!

judypatooote said...

Holy Cow, I've never seen so many different barks.....and you found them all by walking? Very interesting....

Kali said...

just me again Alice. It was only yesterday afternoon, after I'd picked up the teenager and we drove down to the beach for a snack on the way home, that we sat there admiring the huge Eucalypts on the side of the road and their amazing bark...so interesting and beautiful.