Thursday, July 21, 2011

Trees, up close and personal

Via a link at Dark Roasted Blend, I was led to the Web site of a French photographer, Cedric Pollet. He's published a large-format book, "Bark: An Intimate Look at the World's Trees". It includes some fascinating images of the bark of various trees around the world. Here are a few examples.

You can find more of his photographs on M. Pollet's Web site, and also in these two compilation articles. Fascinating viewing!



Mario in PY said...

The third picture looks very much like the "Bottle Tree" that grows natively in the dryer areas of the Gran Chaco of central South America.

The trunk is normally rather swollen, and the "thorns" help protect the tough bark that holds the tree upright. Once you cut bark around the bottom of the trunk, where it is less than half the size as further up, the tree falls over pretty much on its own.

The wood inside is very soft and moist. And during prolonged droughts, cattle ranchers have felled the bottle tree, split it open lengthwise and the cattle will eat the wood for both food and water.

trailbee said...

These are incredible photos, just beautiful. I used to think photographing doors was neat, but this is better. Thanks.