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This is a second article on our recent trip across the Canadian prairies, through the Rocky Mountains and a sojourn in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.

Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the tress and sometimes you can’t see the tree for the bark.  I hope you enjoy these examples of the beauty of looking and touching trees up close and personal.

Click on any image for a more detailed view. All photos copyright Rod Sprange

What a lovely body

What a lovely body

Too bad some needed to leave their own mark on this beauty.  For the record, I’m not really into tattoos and tree carvings.

Like a beautiful free-form jigsaw puzzle. I could stare at this for hours

Like a beautiful free-form jigsaw puzzle. I could stare at this tree for hours. I was fascinated by the colours, textures and pattens.

Images within images - what do you see?

Images within images – what do you see? (hint – one sheep, one Blood-Hound…)

Interesting horizontal growth patterns on this example

Interesting horizontal growth patterns on this example

Love the layers and subtle colours

Love the layers and subtle colours

Almost like wooden feathers

Almost like wooden feathers

Lots of knots

Lots of knots

Nice discrete label on this tree

Nice discrete label on this tree

Life-lines - I wonder if anyone reads bark lines as some read palms?

Life-lines – I wonder if anyone reads bark lines as some read palms?

The variety in creation astounds me.  So much beauty and individualism in the collective surrounding us.  We can find the same species and notice subtle differences. Can our observations of the beauty in the fine-print of nature help us to see the beauty in the fine-print of each individual we meet – even that annoying person trying to push me further in the check-out line with their cart…deep breath, patience and think of the bark rather than doing it!

Next time – the wonders of the desert.

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