Photographs of the peeling bark of paperbark cherry (or Tibetan cherry or birch cherry) are fairly standard fare for winter articles in gardening magazines and web sites, so I thought I’d create a second, and fanciful, version using a technique similar to yesterday’s Orton Imagery for a different take.
The horizontal yellowish blisters are lenticels. These fractures in the cork layer of the bark allow the diffusion of gases (particularly oxygen) into the metabolically active cells beneath the bark surface. For microscopic cross-sections of a lenticel, see here (note that these are from a smaller (and longitudinal) lenticel).
For the second image, I used the Calculations command and did a red-red color burn with result on “New Document”. With the new black-and-white image (which I also find compelling), I first changed the image mode to greyscale. Then, following the same process as the latter parts of the Orton Imagery technique, I moved the image as a new layer onto the original image, and blended the layers using luminosity at 84%.
Horticulture / landscaping resource link: PlantAmnesty, whose mission is to “end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs”.