10 Replies to “B is for Bark”

  1. Such beautiful photos. I did a small textile study of the fifth one down a long time ago. But you can’t improve on nature!!

  2. Hi Yvonne, Thank you for your comments. Having seen examples of your work, I am not so sure about “you can’t improve on nature”. I was just thinking of you right this moment and putting something in the post.

  3. These are all beautiful and I marvel at your artistic eye – the detailed pictures as well as the ones with a slightly wider focus are all works of art framed by your eye and your camera. And then I marvel at the beauty of trees, once again. Thank you.

  4. Thank you, Claudia. You are always so generous with your comments. I am really pleased that you like the bark pictures. Tree bark is always interesting and varied.

  5. I have been interested in tree bark patterns ever since we moved to a house (decades ago) with two sycamores. A never-ending show and it prompted me to pay attention to other plants with bark or outer coverings. Your photos show what variety there is even on a single tree (think about it, the whole tree is covered in overlapping compositions,) and focusing in as you did reveals patterns and colors that would get lost in looking at the whole. Really great to see them like this.

  6. Thank you, Claudia. When I started taking close-up photos of things like bark, and became interested in natural patterns, I had friends say that they would never have thought of looking at such things, let alone take pictures of them. But beauty and pattern are everywhere in plain sight and are a wonder of nature. You don’t have to venture far to appreciate these lovely things right on your doorstep. You are right about the overlapping designs as you walk around a tree trunk. All the patterns have meaning. Unraveling the meaning is the difficult bit.

  7. I’ve always been interested in looking at things the way you mention, close-up, I think because my eyesight has always been limited and a wider view not appealing to me. You are right, most people do not see details, but I’d say that’s mostly how I see – parts, not wholes – and I love being able to participate in your versions and your visions of everyday things from this viewpoint as well.

  8. Thank you, Claudia. I used to think that I was unusual in seeing the details everywhere but now I realise that there are an incredible number of people who have the same interest and photograph the same kinds of things. They often do it better than I do but I must more than equal them in the amount of pleasure I get from doing it.

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