Friday, June 20, 2008

Madrona

Madrona

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Happy first day of summer to you. The sun's warmth is a welcome presence after a fairly dreary spring. I shot this close up of colorful Madrona tree bark yesterday evening during a walk along the Magnolia bluff above Elliott Bay.

15 comments:

Piobaireachd said...

I am soooo ready for summer. Today is supposed to finally get into the 70's.

Small City Scenes said...

That is true 'beauty bark'. I was in Coupeville the other day and there are so many Madrona tree there--very beautiful. Captain Whidbey Inn is made entirely of Madrona wood. Very twisted. MB

Chuck Pefley said...

hmm... wonder if I passed you on my scooter last night? I was over on the bluff for a ride. Madrona trees are fascinating.

jill said...

Could pass for an impressionist painting. Very nice Kim.

Tash said...

Looks like outer space! Very nice indeed. Wish you a warm summer. We have a sudden heat wave in LA.

Louis la Vache said...

Warm ici - make that HOT ici aujord'hui. The air condiioning (a.k.a. fog) will be back on this weekend.

Very nice image - it's one of those 'what is this?' images that is fun to guess at if you aren't told what it is - but the mind plays the guessing game anyway!
:-)

alice said...

Have you found a new galaxy, Kim? ;-)

babooshka said...

I genuinely thought this was A painting in the portal and had to take a closer look. This is fascinating, I really need to find out more about this tree. The colours are fascinating and your image of it eye popping. Excellent shot.

Kim said...

Bagpiper, MEEEEE TOOOO!!!! :-} I had the windows open all day!

MB, That is so cool to know about that inn. I bet it looks stunning.

Chuck, My daughter has a lot of friends over your way, so I'm often dropping her off. There was a guy on a red scooter with a side car in front of us at one intersection and I thought of you, but figured it wasn't you, but someone from this family I've seen around town a bit the past few years (and photographed once). I would have noticed if you'd gone by while I was walking as I've always got my eye out for runners, cyclists and scooter riders for interesting subject matter. This time I was absorbed with birds and plants/trees, though. Hope you had a nice ride. It was certainly a great day for it.

Jill, Thank you!

Tash & Louis La Vecha, I'm not fond of hot, hot, hot summer weather, so I feel for you both, and have lived in both places. There was a reason I became a life guard in my youth in SoCali. Staying poolside helped beat the heat. You couldn't pay me enough to move back there. And Louis, I SOOO know what you mean by waiting for the air conditioning. The only thing I like about hot summer days are the warm summer nights, and night blooming jasmine and walks on the beach! :-)

Alice, It does seem otherworldly, doesn't it! Thanks!

Babooshka, These trees are amazing. Some are more subdued than others in their intense coloring, and others look like this when the sunset light hits them.

Thank you for your kind comments, everyone.
-Kim

ananda.tashie said...

Nature sure is an amazing artist, huh? Beautiful capture, Kim - such fantastic colors!

Litsa Dremousis said...

Jesus, what surreal beauty.

Hilda said...

It's colorful alright! I don't think I've ever seen a Madrona tree. Looks fascinating.

Maya said...

I don't think I've ever seen tree bark that colorful. Beautiful!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I had never seen or heard of this tree before. I wonder how that happened? I looked in my tree books and all my trees are from the "Eastern" United States. It isn't in there. Duh?

It is quite extraordinary and I am on another blog showing a young man with furniture made out of the same wood. Wow. What an experience this day has turned into.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

HOBO said...

God paintings are the best.