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Thursday, November 19, 2009

The End of the Line (my entry)

This is my entry for November’s “The End of the Line”
Picture This Photo Contest at GardeningGoneWild (


This picture was originally posted here: October Blushes

The tree is Pacific Madrone.

The Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii), is a species of arbutus found on the west coast of North America, from British Columbia (chiefly Vancouver Island) to California (mainly in the Puget Sound, Oregon Coast Range and California Coast Ranges but also scattered on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains). It becomes rare south of Santa Barbara County, with isolated stands south to Palomar Mountain, San Diego County and northern Baja California, Mexico. It is also known as the Madroño, Madroña, Bearberry, or Strawberry Tree. In British Columbia it is simply referred to as Arbutus. (From Wikipedia)

Madrone is a broadleaf evergreen tree with rich orange-red bark that peels away on the mature wood, leaving a greenish, silvery appearance that has a satin sheen and smoothness.

It is common to see madrones of about 10-25 meters (33-82.5 feet) in height, but in the right conditions the trees reach up to 30 m (99 feet). In best conditions madrones can also reach a thickness of 5-8 feet at its trunk, much like an oak tree.
Look at this smooth trunk of a young tree. It's cool to the touch!

Trunks can be twisted. This one reminds me of a snake:

The leaves are thick, oval, 7-15 cm (2.8-6 inches) long and 4-8 cm (1.6-3.2 inches) broad, and arranged spirally; they are glossy dark green above and a lighter, more grayish green beneath, with an entire margin. The leaves brown during the fall season and detach from the branches.


My other candidates for The End of the Line contest were the following
"fruits and nuts":
Lonely pear

Rosa rugosa last hip

Red berry

I chose the first picture as my entry for The End of the Line contest for its drama.

Description of Pacific Madrone - Wikipedia.


  1. Tatyana, I luv it! I also love the lonely pear, hanging on... it looks like 2 arms extended in anticipation of catching its fall. Great shots!

  2. Gorgeous post!I loooove anything about this stole my heart! Spectacualr photos..super inspiring! Yay..Good is a mega-beautiful photo to enter!Beautiful post!!

  3. Good one Tatyana, I am still looking through my pictures. I have it narrowed down to six (I think?) Interesting tree. Love the bark.

  4. Good luck, Tatyana. I love your photo.

  5. Love the madrone! What a great tree. Right now, one can also see the bright red berries on the ground when going for a hike.

    Great photo...

  6. I do not know how you were able to choose from all those fabulous photos Tatyana. Each one is a beauty and your tree... whoa! Gorgeous... what a delightful tree! Good Luck!! Carol

  7. Hey Tanya,

    I would like to repost this blog entry on I will link to your blog... and if you would like to submit articles and or photos about the Oregon Coast I would be delighted.

  8. Hi Tatyana~~ Your photo depicts perfectly the end of the line. I love the Madrone. The bark is so cool. There's nothing like it.

    Good luck with the contest.

  9. Best of luck to you my friend! I hope you place well. The bark is beautiful to be sure and the photo you chose is an unusual perspective. I wish you much succes. I also liked the lone pear shot very much. The fog is lovely in the background.

  10. Tatyana, we are together!

  11. Great subjects, Tatyana! Best of luck, too!

  12. All of these would make great entries, Tatyana! Thanks for giving all this information about the madrone tree. I'm not familiar with it, since I doubt it grows here, but what a lovely tree, especially with its peeling bark. Good luck in the contest!

  13. How interesting! I've never heard of the madrone tree, but it certainly provides all kind of interest--the bark and twisting branches are fantastic and the fall color looks great, too! Only... if it's evergreen, shouldn't it keep its leaves?!

  14. Thank you so much for your comments!
    Di, you should have madrones around, I think. Glad you love pear, too.
    Kiki, I love your enthusiasm about trees!
    Janet, I am curious to see what you chose from 6!
    Mary Delle, thank you!
    Ms. Mouse, I liked your post with your entry.
    Carol, thanks! I guess I like black and red combination.
    OOC Editor, go ahead. Thanks for asking permission.
    Grace, your entry took my breath away!
    LeSan, I like that pear too. We both love fog, don't we?
    Swetlana, thanks!
    Lynn, I'm glad to see you here! Thanks!
    Rose, thank you. You are right, it doesn't grow in your area.

  15. That is a great photo - good luck in the contest! I'm not familiar with this tree. It is fascinating.

  16. Cool photo and cool tree! I've never seen one. I like the sinous shape of the branches and the beautiful bark.

  17. I love them all actually! Good luck to you. You are such a talented photographer, we can all learn from you. Thanks

  18. Hiya Tatyana

    Good luck with your photograph.

    What a beautiful tree by the way.

    Again, good luck!

  19. Great post. Reminds me of my time in Bremerton and the madrone tree next to our house. Your photo is very dramatic, I love the twisted lines of the twigs, the hanging slip of bark waiting for the next breath of wind. Very nice.

  20. They are all good photos...good luck with the contest! The madrones are very unique trees...and at 5 to 8 feet...They can become massive! gail

  21. I wanted to thank you for your comment on my post on Arboretum wildlife. Glad it gave you some sunshine during your rainy days.

  22. That tree is fascinating... as are all your photos. Very good choices, Tatyana.

  23. Very nice Tatyana! I hope you win. I'll be posting mine over the weekend, and it's very similiar to some of your choices. I'm so pleased that you were able to relive your matrimonial visit to Sedona, it's truly a magical place. Will you return someday?

  24. Unusual looking tree. I love the smooth bark and the all the twists and turns!:) Good luck! Your photos and the particular entry are gorgeous!!

  25. Hi, Tatyana;
    Gorgeous photos, one and all, though I LOVE that lonely pear... Good luck with the contest. It's been fun wandering around the blogosphere looking at everyone's entries....

  26. What a fascinating tree, Tatyana -- you make me wish I could see it in person. Good luck with the contest.

  27. Fabulous tree and wonderful capture for the contest! Good luck, Tatyana! :-)

  28. I love these trees and their reddish bark.
    Great choice for your entry and good luck :)

  29. Hi Tayana - your photos are amazing, but your sense of humor that is fantastic - keep making us smile - Gloria

  30. I think any of those would have been winners. I do like the one you pickec though. good luck in the contest

  31. your photos are really great, enchanting, awesome, marvelous, inspiring....just GREAT!

  32. It is often said that the firt fruit of the tree would be the most delicious. I really wonder how it be for the last fruit on the tree?
    Would it be extra sweet & juicy?

  33. Tatyana, I saw the theme for the competition and find it wonderful. I don't have the time to search my old pics for an entry, and I know that technically my photography is not of a prize-winning quality, but it would be fun to enter. However your entry is brilliant at all levels. I particularly like the twist that instead of the cliched 'last leaf', the colour comes from a bit of bark. It will take a really spectacular photo to beat yours!!! I will be watching with great interest. In anticipation I've put the champagne on ice ;) Jack


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