Thursday, April 01, 2010

Madrone bark

Taken in Guadalupe Mountains National Park by this week's featured photographer, Ted Bell of Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Here's what the park's website says about the Texas Madrone tree.
"The most intriguing tree though is the Texas madrone with its smooth red-orange bark and shiny green leaves. In spring, it has urn-shaped, cream-colored flowers that fill the air with a sweet fragrance. In fall its red berries provide food for American Robins and Townsend Solitaires. This tree is a remnant of the past; surviving from a time of more significant rainfall and a less distinct desert climate."

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