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A natural work of art

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Patterns on Inner Bark of Dead Tree 0488

“Do you know who made that work of art?” asked the man who came down the path at McKinney Falls State Park when I was about to take pictures of this tree on the morning of March 1.

“Nature,” I said without hesitating, and he agreed. More specifically, my understanding is that these paths were carved out by beetles burrowing beneath the bark of the tree at a time when the tree still had its bark. What’s left could easily pass for a work of art, and it’s more appealing than many I’ve seen. But I won’t editorialize. But I just did.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 16, 2013 at 6:13 AM

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