Vermont winters are not my favorite. Being shut in, separating indoors from outside is such a different way of daily living for me compared to the warmer months. In order to survive and stay sane, I make myself spend at least an hour outdoors every day no matter what the weather.
I live on a parcel of land that has both fields and woodlands. In winter the woods are most interesting to me. Every plant is stripped bare. Trees in all their rugged grandeur really catch my attention (as do the abandoned birds nests).
I started looking at tree bark more closely and realized that it is quite unique from tree to tree. Smooth, jagged, grooved, covered in lichen and fungus, peeling, dark and light. It is great inspiration for all sorts of art. I can see wallpaper, fabric patterns, felting designs, embroidery designs, carpets and more.
Yesterday on my woodland walk I snapped a bunch of photos which I am sharing here. If you want to learn more about the role of bark on a tree I suggest reading the following article; Bark has a lot in common with human skin by Joe Rankin.
The last photo is not taken in Vermont. I saw it as I was walking down a street in Lisbon, Portugal. My daughter thinks it could be the inspiration for camouflage cloth.
If you want to see the majestic Black Locust and Horse Chestnut that I photographed, you can come to Horsford Gardens and Nursery from April through December.