During a December afternoon stroll around our neighbourhood, Constance and Min became interested in the varieties of tree bark. Here Constance is demonstrating how the Arbutus tree bark peels and drops off…
…the bark is pretty, looking like rolled cinnamon sticks but not so fragrant…
…while the bark of the local Garry Oak tree is grey and cubed and mossy.
The fibrous Western Redcedar has long stringy fibres on the outer surface. The inner secondary phloem layer was stripped from the trees and used by local First Nations to make clothing and baskets.
The magnificent Douglas Fir tree has thick fireproof bark with deep furrows…
…some of which are spiderwebby and sappy.
Cherry Bark is a beautiful colour, and has little horizontal clusters of bumps.
The Bark of this Pine has excellent hand and footholds for climbing!
The other kind of barks we encountered were nosier, noisier and bouncier than the trees, but also pretty cute.