While at the Niobrara Valley Preserve last week, I hiked around in the former pine savanna on the bluffs north of the river. I’ve always enjoyed the patterns found in the bark of ponderosa pine trees, especially after a fire. Because of the big 2012 wildfire that swept across the Niobrara Valley Preserve, we have thousands of dead ponderosa pines, and (among other things) that means lots of great bark patterns.
Not only are pine bark patterns interesting to look at, it’s also fun to try to find images of familiar objects in them. It’s a little like cloud watching, but instead of gazing dreamily into the sky, you stare at dead burned trees. It’s probably not for everyone, but one perk is that you don’t get a crick in your neck while doing it.
I didn’t see any particular picture in the first photo shown here, but I did in the next two. I’m curious to know if any of you see what I see, or if you see something completely different.
It’s probably a good thing I don’t live at the Niobrara Valley Preserve. Among all the other things that would distract me from getting work done, I might spend too much time just wandering around looking for pictures in tree bark…