Saturday, August 1, 2009

sedona hike: paperbark maple and engraver beetle trails

Paperbark maple

Views up the limb of a paperbark maple along the Devil's Arch trail in Sedona, Arizona. These trees were brought here from Western China in the early 1900s. The reddish peeling bark along its graceful, twisted limbs is one of its most striking features.

Paperbark maple

Another view up the paperbark maple's knotted trunk. The peeling bark feels like delicate cinnamon paper slivers.

Bark beetle trails

The circuit-board-like etchings in this tree trunk are insect trails. I'm not positive but I think they're from the bark beetle (also known as the engraver beetle), a small beetle no bigger than the size of a peppercorn, which embeds itself between the bark and wood of a tree and eats its way along the wood.


Niffer said...

I LOVE these pictures! I've always enjoyed seeing the designs that beetles make in a tree's bark. I think it's more artistic and beautiful than many works of arts that I've seen on museum walls.

geekhiker said...

It's not uncommon for me to pick up a piece of wood with bark beetle patterns and have to resist taking it with me to hang on the wall!

Dustin said...

wow, great photos here. I love the macro bark photos.
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