Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Abstract art, with wormholes.

On the shore in the rain, among the driftwood, I found this piece of bark. Just the one piece, about six inches long. The colour stood out on the wet beach, a bright orange, looking almost artificial, as if it were painted.

The inner bark of the red alder is reddish brown, and weathers to a bright orange-red.

 A red or orange dye was made from the bark to color red cedar bark and to make fishnets invisible to fish. (Native Plants, PNW)


  1. I didn't know that abouot the invisibility. Thank you.

  2. Can you amplify on the invisibility bit? Sounds interesting.

  3. The First Nations people of the West Coast made fishing nets out of stinging nettle fibers ( The fibers are whitish ( and may have stood out in the water. I couldn't find anything about the process or the resulting colour of the dyed nets.

  4. You always find great information so we learn as we enjoy your pictures. - Margy


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