Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside I

Step back to Marlogue Wood where the wind had wreaked havoc to the trees that stretched for the sky. Alas many of the trees are now lying ย on the ground and the work of clearing the paths has commenced, chain saws being let loose on the fallen trunks.

This allows us to take a look inside the tree, behind the bark and count the years gone by.

Personally I am no good at this counting lark, so any suggestions as to how old this pine tree was?

19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside I

  1. “…we could count from different starting point[s] since the rings are[n’t] of uniform thickness for each year….”

    It always amazes me how I can look right at something I’ve written, yet miss glaring errors until after I hit “Post Comment”!

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  2. I got 45 years two times using an enlargement of the black and white image, which I also deleted after the count since I want to respect your copyright! So…you have between 45 (current low side) and 56 (current high side) years on this tree.

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      1. If the whole section were shown (other than making a very boring photo!), we could count from different starting point since the rings are of uniform thickness for each year. I bet we’d get different counts depending on which points we called a radius.

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  3. Dendrologists oftentimes have to use a jeweler’s loupe and something with a fine point to count the rings. Of course, they have other tools that are more refined than that, and may make enlargements of a photo like the one you have above to make the finer rings more easily seen. I think they also have to have a smooth surface on the section they are ring-counting to avoid the confusion the different heights can cause in the count. I’ll see if I can figure out something, for the fun of it, and see if anyone agrees or disagrees with the count!

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