Project Athena - Day 343 (Bark)

Charred Bark

This tree trunk is a remnant of the High Park Wildfire (2012) that burned for nearly three weeks straight in the mountains West of Fort Collins. It was caused by a lightning strike and charred over 87,284 acres of mostly national forest land plus destroyed almost 300 homes. As I recall what it was like to wake up everyday to the smell of fire and heavy smoke hanging in the air, I am very thankful for all the rain we have had recently.

Charred Tree Trunk

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 60mm • F/5.6 • 1/125s • ISO 160

Project Athena - Day 341 (Bark)

Walking Sticks

Over the years, Lara and I have collected many walking sticks on our wilderness adventures. We love to bring this precious cargo home with us with the intention of stripping down the bark, sanding the wood to a smooth surface, then coating them with a clear polyurethane to keep the distinct look of the aspen wood. (No trees are harmed in this process, I promise) We've made some really gorgeous walking sticks over the years and given them away as gifts. These days, we find that life moves at a very fast pace and sitting on the porch whittlin' somehow does not happen. I miss it.

These sticks will be nice and aged by the time they are turned into one of those  gorgeous walking sticks.

Walking Sticks

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 29.3mm • F/5.6 • 1/70s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 339 (Bark)

Bark Included

Today has been awesome. I got to spend it with Nathan, my son, who is here visiting from Portland. We went to the Wild Animal Sanctuary and had a wonderful, relaxing stroll as we watched all the animals come out to enjoy the sunshine. This gorgeous tiger laying in the bark is a kind of a long stretch for the theme this week but time with Nate trumps the blog any day.

Tiger at Wild Animal Sanctuary

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 135mm • F/7.1 • 1/90s • ISO 500

Project Athena - Day 337 (Bark)

I Might Be Barking up the Wrong Tree

I am down to my last three themes and while I know for sure what I want to shoot for the last two weeks, this week has me stumped, no pun intended. Tree bark is fascinating to me because of the variety of textures but I find myself throwing up my hands when it comes to the crazy weather these days. Plus, I am just not feeling this theme will keep my interest for an entire week. So, we'll see how it goes....I might change mid stream.

Weathered Tree Bark

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 18mm • F/22 • 1/20s • ISO 400