After visiting the Basque Museum and Cultural Centre back in the spring of 2014, I have become intrigued by tree bark wherever I go.
Backstory: Idaho is home to one of the largest populations of Basques outside of Spain. Numbering around 30,000 today, they have inhabited the region since the mid to late 1800s, first coming for mining, then as shepherds. Today the Basque Block in downtown Boise, where the museum is located, is a must visit. It is in the Basque museum that I discovered "Arborglyphs," i.e. carvings on the bark of aspen trees that tell sheepherders stories and give a unique window into their solitary existence.
Mother Nature's Art
Ever since my Boise visit I have been photographing interesting tree bark wherever I go. This summer while wandering the Redwood Meadows golf course (yes I often wander off the fairway) I have discovered some very interesting "bark art." Or at least that is what I call it.
I love the textures, colours and sense of mystery that is evoked in each of these photographs. I am always amazed at what if find almost everyday by just looking for interesting and intriguing things.
If you are in the Boise area be sure to check out their downtown it is work a visit and if you do be sure to check out the Basque Block.
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