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Hammered Bark

Hammered Bark
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-11
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): TreeBark [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-24 3:33
Viewed: 4880
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Podocarpus spicatus

New Zealand Matai. They can be identified by their bark. It looks as though it has been hit many times with a hammer.

Smith’s Bush
is a reserve of remnant mature native forest located on the North Shore of Auckland, about 8kms from home. There is a 40-minute nature trail that leads past a cathedral grove of giant Puriri trees. Many Kahikatea and Totara trees feature there as well as Mahoe, Karamu, Cabbage trees, Lacebark, Taraire, Kohekohe, Karaka and Matai, as well as other small shrubs. And ferns too!!

There were several of these Matai trees scattered in the bush, and they caught my attention whenever I passed one. I loved the look of their "hammer-like" bark. Matai trees need plenty of light, so no more Matai can grow here until a large tree falls.

Matai or black pine is a robust tree reaching up to 30 meters with a tall straight trunk up to 1.3 meter across. Matai trees can be easily recognised from their flaking hammer mark bark. The leaves are aromatic when crushed.

Matai is found throughout New Zealand but abundant in the central North Island. It grows in altitudes of up to 700 metres. The wood is golden brown in colour, very hard and exceptional strong. Much used for flooring and weatherboarding because of its durability.


I have shown a close-up of the bark in the Workshop.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-24 3:37]

Hello Janice,
Very intersting capture of this huge tree.I liked POV,clear details,POV,sharpness,framing and composition a lot.have a great week!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-07-24 4:02]
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Hi Janice!
Fantastic tree! Something new to me. Another great Maori word also. I like this colorfull mosaic, very adequate name of this tree. And this is NZ's winter? Funny ;-)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-24 4:54]

Hi Janice,

A colorfull tree you captured,I never seen something like this before,thanks for showing,well done,


Hello Janice, interesting capture, excllent details, Bgm, POv DOF perfect colors, Great work, TFs Kyle

Good morning Janice,
Just time for a very quick visit.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Have a great week.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-25 6:35]

Hi Janice,
Another very educational post from you. I love the look of this tree, the colours are beautiful. The rich reds and browns of the bark combined with the colours of the lichen, a lovely looking tree. A nice clear shot with great detail and did I mention the colours? :-) Great note too, a great TN post, thanks for sharing with us.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-07-31 22:07]

Votre note est une très belle leçon et nous apprenons encore beaucoup par votre photo. Merci, Janice.
Très belle précision dans les détails. C'est un arbre inconnu ici et merci encore pour partager.
Notre pin ici est trop mou pour construire un plancher. Votre talon de soulier laisserait une marque.


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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2006-08-12 10:29]

Ben fatto! Uno dei tronchi più spettacolari che abbia mai visto. Compliments!
Ciao Paolo

Wow Janice, this tree got hammered as you say..(looks like fungus?).
I don't think I've ever seen anything like it..A multi-colored hodge-podge of shapes and textures ;)
Very interesting!
Well done and TFS!

You always get to me interesting subjects, and great information about them.
It looks as if it was covered with different fungi, and lichens. You shot shows the texture very nicely.
With 30 meter long, so straight and good quality I guess the are already in danger !

Dear Janice,
Rare photograph though might be common in this environment. TFs.

Beautiful image Janice.
I think Matai trunks are the most attractive of all the natives.
This one is just great TFS & Cheers,

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