We’re having Bark Appreciation Day on the Southern Rural Route. The bark that grows on trees. For your benefit, I got up close and personal with all these trees. Let’s get started.

Bark on a birch tree
Bark on a Crepe Myrtle tree
Bark on a pine tree
Bark on a very old, very large oak tree

Almost looks like tire tread, doesn’t it? The tree stands in the church yard where I go for Bible Study. I don’t actually attend church because they want you to stand up and sit down too much. Churches, in general, tend to do that. They want to make sure you are awake, I think. But a lot of people have reasons for wanting to get themselves comfortable and stay put — knees that pop out, hemorrhoids, or just plain don’t wanna be a jack-in-the-box. I’ve discussed this with my Momma and she doesn’t wanna be a jack-in-the-box, either, but who’s going to argue with the preacher? I’m sure God will have something to say about it when I get to the pearly gates but it’s a toss-up as to which of my sins he’ll put at the top of his list. Church might not even make the list. Anyway, I think it would take two-and-a-half people from Bible Study to wrap arms around this tree.

Same old oak tree, different spot
Bark on mature Norfolk Island Pine

There was another one I wanted to photograph. Some sort of peeling bark on a tree with branches that swayed in the wind like a weeping willow. Alas, there was no parking available without having to cross Argyle Forest Boulevard on foot, something you don’t want to do if your Last Will & Testament is not up-to-date. You’ll just have to take my word that it was worthy of a close-up.

Which one is your favorite? I kinda like the pine tree best.

16 thoughts on “Bark!”

  1. The peeling crepe myrtle has always been my favorite. But – I did see a paperbark maple tree the other day and absolutely fell in love with its bark! That Norfolk Island pine is very pretty, too. And don’t forget burled wood! Yep, bark is an interesting subject – for a gardener! πŸ™‚ My children never liked all the standing and sitting in church, either!

    1. Holley — You’ll have to do a Bark Appreciation Day over at Dreaming Of Roses to do the bark I don’t have access to. Ooooo, we should get Bernieh to do bark, too. Wouldn’t churches be surprised at how many folks don’t go because of all that jack-in-the-box activity?

  2. Pine and Oak just feel like home. I always wonder what kind of stories a big old oak could tell if it could talk. When I was a kid, there was what seemed like a giant oak tree on the river that we kids used to play around while our dads picked shrimp. It’s still standing but it isn’t as huge as it used to seem. The roots were always exposed and I remember sitting there playing with fiddler crabs, talking to my cousins, waiting for the soap bubbles to die down after my mom washed my mouth out with soap for smoking and lying to her about it…So I guess oak is my number one favorite. πŸ™‚ Although Pine holds a special place in my heart too because that’s where our tire swing was, and its bark was easy to peel off so it was good as a side dish for mud pies. I remember my grandma telling my husband he couldn’t climb a pine tree…next thing we knew, he was sitting up in the branches. So maybe my favorite is the Pine…. It’s a tie.

    1. Glo — a tie just doesn’t help for voting purposes. What are we to do? Put you down in both columns? I think you should go with Pine because of the mud pies. That’s a better memory than getting your mouth washed out with soap!

  3. I’m gonna go against the grain (ha! Puns.) and say the Norfolk Island pine is my favorite! You’ve inspired me to do my own bark post – what a neat idea! I’ll be sure to credit you πŸ™‚

    1. Dena — You certainly did go against the wood grain. You were the only vote for Norfolk Island Pine. Glad you enjoyed the Bark Appreciation Day. We really don’t look at the artistry of bark enough so I couldn’t resist. I’ve spent the better portion of the day dealing with an email virus that I suspect came through the “Contact Me” so I got rid of that feature on my blog. Hope you weren’t affected.

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