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The Tuesday tree: skin deep

October 25, 2011

This sycamore has some of the most beautiful bark I’ve seen. Not the satiny beauty of a cherry, but full of texture and pattern. I always admire it as I walk past, and mean to sit and draw it one day. Funny how flaky, wrinkled old skin is so aesthetically appealing in a tree, but is not considered so in humans, isn’t it? Those of us not in the beauty industry, however, would probably agree that character can be beautiful, in a human face just as in a tree trunk.

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  1. October 25, 2011 5:29 pm

    I just love the detail of the texture and subtle colours of the bark, DB. Sad that we humans aren’t allowed to grow old in the same way, or at least to show it.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      October 27, 2011 11:34 pm

      There used to be an advert (years ago) where a hippy guy was standing in a field with his arms outstretched, saying ‘I want to be a tree’. He had a point.

  2. October 25, 2011 5:34 pm

    Love the platey effect this acer has, you’ve captured it beautifully. I think they have stoic personalities too. Sycamores are one of the few trees here which make it ‘large’ in the shelter of Kirkwall or other Orkney towns.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      October 27, 2011 11:35 pm

      I never knew that, Fay. Thanks – I’ll look out for sycamores on my next trip to Orkney!

  3. hmunro permalink
    October 25, 2011 6:35 pm

    Character is indeed beautiful. Growing up, I loved my grandma’s deep smile marks because they bore testament to the good humor with which she approached a difficult life. The same is true of this beautiful tree, I’d like to think. Thanks for another of your characteristically beautiful meditations. 🙂

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      October 27, 2011 11:36 pm

      Smile lines can only be good, in my book! 🙂

  4. October 25, 2011 9:21 pm

    I agree – utterly gorgeous!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      October 27, 2011 11:37 pm

      Aye. Trees are good for the soul.

  5. Erika W. permalink
    October 30, 2011 2:32 pm

    What a lovely entry. I have no believe in haunts and such like but maybe Feng shui? My husband’s ideas of arranging furniture can really set my teeth on edge and sooner (rather than later) I will slide chairs and tables about to a more comfortable setting and lucklily it doesn’t bother him in the least.

    A Japanese friend of mine once told me that Japanese ideas would concentrate on the harmony of the spaces between the pieces of furniture and not the furniture itself, which preferably shouldn’t overlap,–most interesting. Not surprisingly, this wandered on to garden design,

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      October 30, 2011 2:55 pm

      That information about Japanese thinking is fascinating. I’m like you re. the ‘right’ placement of furniture, but had never considered it from the other way, i.e. the spaces in between. It makes perfect sense.

      • November 1, 2011 5:03 pm

        Some cultures see shapes/objects determined by the spaces surrounding them rather than the objects determined by their own shape/space occupied. Space dependent vs space interdependent recognition….you know those odd black and white pictures which ask do you see 2 people talking(white colored shapes) or a (black colored) table leg in the center of the page? Has to do with the way an individual’s brain perceives spaces and objects. OK it’s odd information – my grandmother was a librarian and shared lots of bits of interesting stuff. (By the way the tree bark pix in Black and white could make striking wall photos – everyone I show them to sees different things in the bark.) (sorry this is too long – love your blog)

  6. dancingbeastie permalink*
    November 1, 2011 11:10 pm

    Thanks for more fascinating information, Philosopher Mouse – not too long at all! I was thinking about those black and white pictures but couldn’t think how to describe them, so I’m glad that you have done it for me. And I am intrigued by your suggestion of trying these bark photos in black and white. Will do!

  7. December 14, 2011 7:50 am

    That is really nice old bark, it looks like the kind of bark Treebeard would have!:)

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      December 15, 2011 1:03 pm

      Yes, I think you’re right!

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