Transfixing Texture

|Chorisia speciosa trunk|Agave sp. leaves|Ulmus parvifolia bark|Palm leaf|

|Chorisia speciosa trunk|Agave sp. leaves|Ulmus parvifolia bark|Palm leaf|

The textural aspects of plants can be so amazing.  The tactile elements such as thorns, plates, pleats, scales, and more can set your mind wondering to places you don't always think of during your day to day.  The crazy thorns found on the tree trunks of the commonly known Floss Silk Tree look like something out of Jurassic Park.  The patterned scales of the Chinese Elm or Ulmus parvifolia resemble some sort of land form you might see if you were peering out of your 1st class seat window on Virgin Galactic high above the earth.  It could happen.  And whenever I see the pleated texture of a palm leaf I'm always transported away to some paradise far away from all the craziness.  Have you ever noticed such things?  If not, the trick is  to look closely and focus all of your attention, just for a moment, on an aspect of a plant.  You'll find yourself thinking differently about what is all around us.