I love bark on trees, colorful bark, bumpy bark, bark that sloughs off, curly bark, peeling bark.... I just wanted to share a wonderful book that I bought today. It's called "BARK, An Intimate Look at the World's Trees". It has amazing close-up color photos and is large; 10 by 13".
I bought it today at a great bookstore called Hennessey & Ingalls in Santa Monica. They have books on art, architecture, gardening, photography, design and more. Rick and I make the pilgrimage maybe once a year. But I think I paid too much for it($45). Barnes & Noble and Amazon have it for about $30. If you love trees and their beautiful bark, you should check it out.