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Same Tree; Different Bark

Same Tree; Different Bark
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-11
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-12 4:01
Viewed: 4023
Points: 18
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LONDON PLANE BARK - Planatus acerifolia

On this guided walk I went on this week we were shown this LONDON PLANE tree, (Planatus acerifolia).

An interesting thing about this tree is that it has 2 different types of bark on its trunk:

The bark on the south-facing side (which in the Southern Hemisphere is where our cold weather come from) is quite an attractive, light brown, exfoliating into a creamy bark and olive patches.

On the north-facing side of the trunk there is this bright flaking patches and quite rugged. We were told that now and then the ornamental yellow bark flakes off and the trunks develop a beautiful mottled bark revealing a lighter coloured bark underneath.

So the motto of this story is that if you are ever lost in Cornwall Park, find this tree and you will be able to find North by looking at the yellow side of the London Plane.

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Halo Janice!
This is great presentation. Very interesting and very original. Thank you.

Excellent shot Janice. Very creative. Gives the whole story in one photo. Very interesting story it is too. Nice presentation. Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-12 4:35]

Very interrestig work Janice!
Your note,presentation and composition are perfect.I liked it very much.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-12 4:36]

Hi Janice, you're turning into real scientist, aren't you :-) ? I like this kind of post - it reminds me posts with lichens from Clive - very interesting but also good looking. Note is also very good - in Poland one could find way to north also by looking at trees - moss always grow up from northern side of trees. Thanks and I hope we'll see more!

Hi Janice!
It's unusal and wonderful photo.I liked the composition and presentation very much.Thanks for sharing.

Nice presentation Janice,
Very unusual and very interesting. Excellent notes.
If you want to find North in England........follow the rain!!
Thanks for posting

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-05-13 14:55]

Hi Janice!
Good idea and interesting double picture. Unusual tree. Well done.

Very interesting presentation of the two sides of the tree Janice. Very strange to see that big difference. Thanks for posting this one.

Isn't that strange, Janice? In our country we have the opposite, and as a matter of fact, when purchasing or moving a tree, it is best to always note which side is facing north and to plant it in the exact position when you get it to the new location. The north side may also have a bit of moss on it to easily ID the correct side.
Thank you for this interesting post, well done.

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