These photographs illustrate the gradual weathering, eroding, effect of the elements on driftwood that remains mostly above the high tide line. Cracks appear as the wood dries out and starts to decompose. The cellular structure becomes more apparent as the softer organic components disappear leaving the lignified cells – the driftwood ‘skeletonises’ on a microscopic scale. Growth bands become more prominent. Lichens begin the colonise the bare surfaces of the driftwood. The texture becomes more elaborate and the inherent patterns in the wood are emphasised.
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