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New Zealand: kauri bark

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You’ve already seen a picture from February 12 showing Tāne Mahuta, the largest known extant kauri tree, Agathis australis. Three days later we visited the Manginangina Kauri Reserve northwest of Kerikeri. In spite of intermittent rain, we walked the [p]reserve’s path, where I made various pictures, including this abstract portrait of kauri bark.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 2, 2017 at 5:01 AM

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  1. I’m not sure any of your other photos ever has brought an out-loud laugh, but this one did. The pattern of the bark looks for all the world like poorly-applied varnish on a vertical surface. If the varnish is too thick and heavy, it may look perfect when you put it on, but when you turn around a half-hour later, it looks like this bark, sagging away. This is far more attractive than sags on a bulkhead, and it has the great advantage of not needing to be sanded out.


    April 2, 2017 at 6:48 AM

    • Now that’s an idiosyncratic reaction. I expect that of all the people who have ever visited this blog, you’re the only one who would have imagined patches of kauri bark as congealed varnish. The closest thing in Texas to kauri bark is sycamore bark; have you ever seen it as varnish too?

      The “bulk” in “bulkhead” is appropriate, given how massive a kauri tree can become. When I see “sanded out,” my recent experiences predispose me to remember New Zealand beaches and dunes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 2, 2017 at 7:18 AM

    • I’ve had that happen with lacquer too heavily applied. I hate sanding it.

      Steve Gingold

      April 3, 2017 at 9:39 AM

  2. Such wonderful textures! And the colours too …

    anna warren portfolio

    April 2, 2017 at 11:18 PM

  3. The shapes remind me a bit of red pine bark I have seen locally.

    Steve Gingold

    April 3, 2017 at 9:38 AM

  4. Very, very beautiful and artistic!

    Lavinia Ross

    April 3, 2017 at 11:48 AM

  5. Exquisite!


    April 3, 2017 at 2:16 PM

  6. Linda thought of poorly applied varnish. The first thing I thought of was icing on a cake. http://gracessweetlife.com/2011/04/chocolate-cake-with-caramel-milk-chocolate-frosting/


    April 4, 2017 at 6:08 AM

    • I see what you mean. Were you hungry when you saw the photograph of the kauri bark?

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 4, 2017 at 8:16 AM

      • Not really. Just a little stir crazy. Bathroom renovations and bedroom ceiling repairs in full swing. Washing machine leaking, and it’s raining. We are camping in the living room. Let’s hope that part of the house doesn’t develop leaks.


        April 4, 2017 at 9:14 AM

        • Let’s hope not. We don’t want you to exemplify the saying “When it rains, it pours.”

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 4, 2017 at 9:23 AM

          • Hmmm…. tomorrow we are expecting some of the torrential rain which has been falling in the North Island ( floods again, roads closed, etc…..you know the drill! )


            April 5, 2017 at 6:32 AM

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