11 Replies to “Waterlogged Driftwood”

  1. Thank you, Claudia. The only other time I have seen such rich colours was near a beach in freshly cut alder where the wood as well as the bark were deep orange.

  2. There is a tree called Osage Orange (people know it because its fruit looks like green brains) that has beautiful golden wood when first cut. The tree itself is shrubby and unprepossessing but I have always loved the wood’s look – and since we had two of these trees in the yard of my childhood home, I also remember it for the fact that I was paid 1 cent per “brain” to pick them off the ground and haul them to a back area where we put decomposable yard trash. Anyway, these brilliant wood colors really are something unexpected, I think. A hidden treat.

  3. Thank you, Claudia. It is interesting to hear about the Osage Orange and its green brains! It shows that even things that are outwardly unremarkable can have beauty within.

  4. I also think of the sassafras tree – which is useful for all kinds of purposes and when fresh cut is yellow-orange and the wonderful smell it has. I look for these trees in the woods and if a larger one comes down I try to grab some of the exposed wood if I can – I remember it from childhood and the sight and smell take me back.

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