Patterns with Birch Trees & Their Bark

Birch trees are a favourite with artists; few can resist the white trees, themselves heavily patterned, that stand out as a linear pattern against almost any background.

The birch trees turn all golden in the fall up in the hills above Merritt, BC.
Birch trees in autumn up in the hills above Merritt, Canadabirch trees in the fallWinter at Whistler. birch tree in the snow (Whistler, Canada)Spring at Banff. A stand of Birch trees at Banff's Vermilion LakesNow to summer at the Rock Carvings Site in Tanum, Sweden, an UNESCO World Heritage Centre with this tree that has had a layer of its bark stripped off.A partially stripped Birch trees in Tanum, SwedenThis is their prediction of what a Nordic Bronze Age house must have looked like; its inner walls lined with birch bark in an alternating pattern of inner and outer bark. Prediction of what a Stone Age house in Sweden looked like; its inner walls lined with Birch bark in an alternating pattern of inner and outer bark.Prediction of what a Stone Age house in Sweden looked like; its inner walls lined with Birch bark in an alternating pattern of inner and outer bark.Prediction of what a Stone Age house in Sweden looked like, it's inner walls lined with Birch bark in an alternating pattern of inner and outer bark (Tanum)I folded some birch bark ages ago to reveal the colour differences between the white outer bark and sienna coloured inner bark – although these people were from 9700 years ago I can tell I’m fascinated by the same things as my ancestors!Birch bark folded to reveal the colour differences between the white outer bark and sienna coloured inner bark
This photo is just the white outer bark of one of the panels just because it looked like an abstract watercolour with wonderful variations in the patterning of the two strips. Prediction of what a Stone Age house in Sweden looked like; its inner walls lined with Birch bark in an alternating pattern of inner and outer bark.And now for more bark patterns from different types of Birch trees.
Tree bark abstractscarsBanff again and a scary eyeball stares out at you from the tree. The bark of a Birch tree at Banff's Vermilion LakesAt the UBC, a peeling paper bark birch.The peeling bark of a Paper BirchI have turned this image sideways – artist’s prerogative!peeling birch barkBirch tree bark at Cahir, Ireland.
Birch bark texture in Cahir Park in IrelandBirch bark texture in Cahir Park in IrelandAnd finally, as this is an art blog, I have layered one of the Tanum site walls over the stand of Birch trees in Banff. I see a lot more birch tree paintings in my future!Birch trees layered in PhotoshopMore of the Len-Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns.

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9 responses to “Patterns with Birch Trees & Their Bark

  1. These are great. I had no idea birch bark produced so many different patterns and colours. I like the way you have used the photos for creative expression.

  2. I love birch trees and have several of them in my garden. You have really caught all the differences and all patterns possible, it seems. The very white ones look so great, and some patterns I have never seen. The Banff one with “stiches”?

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