Posts Tagged ‘bark’

Artistic Combination

I walked around our backyard this morning taking pictures of spider webs.

          I usually look at the pictures in the computer when I come in from photographing the webs.  Today I waited.

……… and I had such a pleasant surprise when I saw the combination of elements in this picture.

The unusual bark on the right is on a hackberry tree. The raised projections are called “corky warts.”


Growing Wings?

Now I’ve seen everything!

I was taking pictures of a beetle

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on the bark

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of the Ingram Hill Oak.

Then I looked down …

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and found wings coming out the side of the tree.

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There was no body attached or any damage to the wings.

They just looked like they were growing out the side of the tree.

I Have A Mystery

I have spent a LOT of time out in nature for a lot of years,

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and I saw something this afternoon that I’ve never seen before. The strips of bark were on the east side of the tree. Something removed them up 10 feet or so.

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 There was no evidence of birds removing the bark.

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The bark looked like it was recently removed. I found no claw marks.

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I think the tree was an oak. The remaining leaves just looked like a jumbled mess.

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I have limited experience with mammal signs, except for deer. I saw a bobcat track on the road here once, and saw a bobcat here one time too. I was in the dry creek bed, looked up, and there  it stood, looking at me. It walk off.

My youngest son and a friend were squirrel hunting here with .22’s. Davis had a pistol and his friend with  rifle. Davis was at the edge of the road, and his friend was in the woods. A mountain lion walked in their direction, before it turned and meandered off up the hill. It never saw them. Southern Illinois didn’t have mountain lions until the last several years. I’ve never seen one and hope I never do.

Anyway, I would appreciate any suggestions that would explain this “bark removal.”

River Birch

For some reason the river birch trees have escaped my attention when Bufffy and I hike the trail at a nearby lake.

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It’s not like their bark resembles “normal” tree bark.

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The paper-thin pieces blow in the wind.

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These brought back memories of when my 4 kids made presents for those on our Christmas list. They also made the wrapping paper (some of which were framed).

It took a while to find pieces of bark that were big enough. The kids used acrylics to paint their masterpieces.

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Keith (9 years old then) painted this mouse.  The bark measures 3 inches tall.

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My youngest daughter, Leslie, painted this bluebird for me. This painting is 8 inches tall. She was 11 that Christmas.

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Keith had a knack for finding native orchids, and I called him my orchidontist. This ladies tresses orchid painting measures 16 inches tall.


Date on the orchid painting shows they were done in 1984. That makes them almost 30 years old.

How can that be?