Trees, bark and timber

Bark is effectively the skin of the tree and it overlays the wood. crackly bark1 26-3-13The bark itself has inner and outer layers, in older stems the inner bark is living tissue while the outer bark is dead tissue. Knowing this has made me look at trees a little more closely. olive wood and vinca 15-3-13I have always loved bark. It’s not just the visual appearance of texture, but there is something so tactile about it which makes me want to touch it even though it is usually rough and scratchy. Perhaps the needing to touch thing is connected to the skin thing: the need to touch the skin of your partner, your relative, your friend, is a way of giving and receiving comfort.

Like skin, bark can reheal itself but often with a scar or callus growth over the injured site. So no matter what nature throws at trees – frost, sun, snow, flood – they can recover.  tree stump beside river2 26-3-13cut tree and ivy1 26-3-135 to remember
la corteza – the bark [of tree]
eficazmente – effectively
interior – inner
exterior – outer
el tallo – the stem

11 thoughts on “Trees, bark and timber

  1. Karen

    Ever since watching Bob Ross (The Joy of Painting) I am fascinated by trees. Listening to him and watching him in his shows certainly improved my writing as well. He profoundly improved my perception of nature, especially regarding trees, their leaves, their bark.
    Did you ever have the opportunity to touch a paining in his technique? I have a painting with a sea scene. It looks awesome and it feels awesome.

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    1. sandradan1 Post author

      I don’t know Bob Ross, but I know what you mean. We bought an oil painting off a street vendor in New York years ago, an abstract, and it has a panel of what looks like sandpaper [for DIY]. Texture is very important, I think. SD



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