Travel theme: Texture

Update: Earlier today I confused this Madrone tree with the Manzanita shrub. Thanks, for jogging my senses, RewildWest.

This Madrone tree is on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California.

Madrone bark close-up.

The bark of a Madrone tree.
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

My thanks to Ailsa for this challenge.

  11 comments for “Travel theme: Texture

  1. September 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    A spectacular image – love the colors!


  2. Fats Suela
    September 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Interesting-looking tree bark. I would love to someday have my own tree bark photo shoot! Thanks so much for sharing!! =)


    • September 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Pick a tree and start today, it is a lot of fun.


      • Fats Suela
        September 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Good advice. I’ve been taking twig shots instead of barks!! =)


  3. September 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I ****LOVE*** the texturous bark of manzanitas and their cousins, madrones….great choice, beautiful!!


    • September 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Thank you.


    • September 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      You were right about the cousins. I mixed up my trees. Thank you for illuminating the right direction.


      • September 14, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        You’re very welcome; I wasn’t trying to be elitist or anything about it, I hope it didn’t come across that way! I lived in Mendocino among these trees, so I developed a deep love for them, especially manzanitas, because they grew all over the land where my cabin was, and there was a very large one right in front of my porch! =) They’re SUPER easy to tell apart when the bark has peeled/is peeling, in the following manner: manzanitas have very distinctive and memorable blood-red trunks, madrones have the sort of orangish-mocha-colored ones you see here. Thanks for attributing me in your correction, that was honorable of you =)

        –Love and Liberation–



      • September 14, 2012 at 7:07 PM

        I did not take your comment as elitist. Quite to the contrary, after I read it I realized something was missing, something reddish to be exact.

        Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn about the differences between the Madrones and the Manzanitas. I will have a chance to put this knowledge to use the next time I go up the mountain.



      • September 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM

        Awesome =) I love Mt. Tam!


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