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Corrugated redwood tree

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Look at this strangely corrugated trunk of a California redwood tree (Sequoia sempervirens) that I saw on October 31 of last year in Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 23, 2017 at 5:12 AM

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  1. That is fascinating. I wonder what could have caused that? It is obviously mine, as I see an “M” in the bark 🙂


    February 23, 2017 at 5:23 AM

  2. Nature’s marvel! 😯


    February 23, 2017 at 6:01 AM

  3. Ok, that’s officially one of the coolest trees I have ever seen :).


    February 23, 2017 at 6:10 AM

  4. This is so cool! It’s kinda ugly and beautiful at the same time😄

    Andy Oldham

    February 23, 2017 at 8:05 AM

  5. Crazy bark. I also found an unusual bark on a local chestnut. http://bit.ly/2kQgoqk

    Jim Ruebush

    February 23, 2017 at 9:10 AM

  6. wow. there’s so much texture! it prompts one to reach out and touch it!

    Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    February 23, 2017 at 10:37 AM

  7. Wow, that is incredibly beautiful!


    February 23, 2017 at 12:19 PM

  8. So cool, Steve!

    Jane Lurie

    February 23, 2017 at 11:19 PM

  9. The subtle colors are as beautiful as the bark is unusual. “Corrugated” is just the right word. I wonder if Jamie Wyeth was inspired to start painting on corrugated cardboard after seeing a tree like this. Probably not, but he surely would have appreciated this example of nature’s artistry.


    February 24, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    • Speaking of the Wyeth Family, in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (=Museum) today we saw a painting whose accompanying placard said that the painter was influenced by Andrew Wyeth.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 25, 2017 at 1:21 AM

  10. A work of art!


    February 24, 2017 at 11:58 PM

  11. I love the texture and the combination of dark and rich browns. I see an owl.

    Steve Gingold

    March 21, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    • Coincidentally, we were watching a nature program the other night and it had a brief view of a similarly corrugated redwood tree. Maybe the corrugation isn’t so unusual for this species.

      Now that you mentioned an owl, I can sort of see it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 21, 2017 at 4:06 PM

  12. Probably a Curly Redwood like the wood a motel is built from in Crescent City.

    Cheers, MDV / http://www.mdvaden.com/redwood_grogans_fault.shtml


    April 30, 2017 at 12:42 AM

    • I haven’t heard of “curly redwood.” I searched online just now and found references to it but no definition of what qualifies a redwood as “curly.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 30, 2017 at 7:25 AM

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