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Patterns in rotting wood

Patterns in rotten firewood

Mark tells me that his head is full of useless bits of trivia from his TV-watching days --- like the plotlines of Gilligan's Island episodes.  My head is instead full of a different kind of useless trivia.  Like how rotting box-elder turns pink with delicate black lines but rotting walnut turns turquoise....

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Well-cured poplar boards often have streaks of a lovely green in them. Cedar heartwood is an amazing color. As is black walnut. But my favorite is curly maple.

Comment by Errol Sat Jan 31 10:49:38 2009
Anna- Poet
Beautiful. Lyrical, thoughts, Gilligan.
Comment by Maggie Sat Jan 31 11:07:44 2009
That is a beautiful picture! The colors are wonderful. This is worthy of hanging on the wall, not that I have many walls on which to hang a picture, but if I did! I like the information to it also.
Comment by Sheila Sat Jan 31 22:47:52 2009
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Thanks, Sheila! I'm so glad you enjoyed the photo!

And, Daddy --- you'll have to take a look at Sycamore. I saw some sycamore boards at ASD's office in Abingdon, and they blew me away. The grain wasn't straight, but curly and intricate.

Thanks, Maggie, too. I didn't aim for poetry, but am thrilled you found it poetic. :-)

Comment by anna Sun Feb 1 09:08:36 2009

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