where it’s found and held like a treasure.
may look insignificant from a distance.
However. . . seen close up,
you notice its one-of-a-kind sculptural aspects.
For a few years I’ve collected what I call “treeshells”. I collect them photographically when they’re still attached to the tree, and later when they appear beneath the tree and at my feet.
Here’s a close-up of one section:
Each one is sculpturally interesting enough for an individual photograph. At the same time, it’s interesting to experiment with grouping them in display case.
I wish to thank my artist friend Michele, who very much encouraged me to continue this quietly-pursued interest.
In addition, I was energized to take these photos and set up this post after exchanging comments with the artistic jewelry maker Gunilla Redelius at her Galeriaredelius post describing her own recent interest in tree bark.
This is the drought-tolerant and native California Pepper tree, a messy tree, always shedding leaves, twigs, peppers and curly bark. I probably wouldn’t have planted it myself, but how glad I am it’s here! This one is about 50 feet high and provides a gazebo-like shelter beneath it’s wide-canopy.
If you post any image of tree bark, please let include a link in the comments—I am curious to see different varieties.