Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tree Rings

Lady Longleaf needs to explain tree rings to the Sierra Club graphic designer. I got some bulk mail from them with a poster in it that made me utter a string of obscenities so vile the rats in my ceiling started coughing. 


This is the poster. I'm pretty sure that end view of a tree isn't even a Sequoia, and it damn sure isn't 3,500 years old.

What the hell?! That first interval is about 4 years, not 177. I think this is a farm raised tree. How in the hell did they decide where to put these marks? Half an inch is 100 years?

I have a counter back in Beachton made from virgin longleaf that has 100 years of rings in about an inch. I don't have a picture of it with me, but I do have a table my uncle made out of some old growth longleaf.


See how tiny these rings are? And not all perfectly even. This is how trees with a long lifespan grow in a forest.


Here's another piece of longleaf I have here in Texas. It's a stud cut out of my ancestral home when my aunt put in a French door. This tree was cut down over 100 years ago and was easily over 100 years old at the time. (This is ~58 years worth of rings right here.) Something unusual happened to open up a bright spot in the woods in a wet couple of years so it could grow really fast when it was young. My countertop tree has about 300 rings in this same space.

The Sierra Club should have access to better tree ring images or at least more resourceful designers. I mean, this is what I can come up with just in my own house. I'm extremely annoyed that the people involved in making this poster have jobs and I don't.

34 comments:

  1. Hi Barbara,
    I love your tree rings photo above. I was wanting permission to use it as a faded out background on my website.
    Let me know.
    Thanks, Jane

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  2. Sure, Jane, if it's non-commercial you may use my photo as a background. If you have your own copyright notice somewhere at the bottom of your web page in tiny type you could put in a photo credit, photo by Barbara Tomlinson or something like that.

    Thanks for asking!
    Barbara

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  3. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly Barbara,
    its actually for my family's new business. Would it still be ok to use it? I will be sure to credit the photo as you suggest.
    Jane

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  4. Yes, that's ok, Jane. Good luck with your new business.

    Barbara

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  5. Thank you so much Barbara,
    I really appreciate your generosity!
    Jane

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  6. Barbara.

    I would also like permission to use your photo on a commercial website. Is there an email that would be best to contact you?

    Thx.

    JP

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  7. Hi Barbara,
    This seems to be a trend. I’m a graphic designer in New Hampshire. One of my clients is a family attraction that gives visitors the opportunity to guide themselves on boardwalks through a river gorge, numerous boulder caves, through some old growth forest, etc. They’ve asked me to design a series of signs that will be installed at various locations along the boardwalk; one of the signs provides information about a specific tree along the path as well as a bit of information about determining tree age by counting the rings. Needless to say, this is where your photo comes in—I was hoping that you’d allow me to use it on this sign. We’ll be happy to provide a credit line on the photo.

    Other than via this comment, I don’t know how to contact you—is there an email or something?

    Thanks very much for your help.

    WJ

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  8. Usually people contact me through Google+ or twitter from the links on the right side of the blog. Or I use their contact link from the comment to get back to them. Your contact info in Google isn't filled in though so I can't get to you. I don't like to put my email address on the blog because of the mailer daemons. If you contact me through Google+ I can link you to a higher resolution photo of the tree rings you can use.

    Barbara

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    1. Hi Barbara,
      Thanks for responding so quickly. I understand about not putting your email address on the blog; try my Google info again—you should be able to get hold of me now.

      Thanks,

      WJ

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