This Question Used To Have Me Stumped
Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
I was walking past this stump this morning when I did a double-take (like one of those cartoon characters) and then went back to have a closer look. I was absolutely intrigued, not just by the colours, but also because the annual growth circles of the tree could be clearly discerned in the top left. I guess it's a good way to show exactly how thick a growth circle is in this part of the world. You see, they vary depending on the prevailing climate.
As a kid, I always wanted to know what a complete growth circle looked like. Some years ago, in the Yukon, Canada, I asked if a forest of slender trees were saplings. Saplings? No, they were more than fifty years old, but their trunks were slender because the growth circles were governed by extremely short growth seasons. Simple, when you think about it - but it had never occurred to me.