This picture is ruined by the rodent in the middle, but you get the idea here about how fascinating bark can be.

Below is a thornless descendant of the hawthorn species, Crataegus x grignonensis, which someone has tied a ribbon around.

A young silver birch on Leamington Walk

Another birch, with peeling bark, near Hope Park Crescent

Yet another birch, golden in the evening, on Middle Meadow Walk

And another on Leamington Walk after the rain

Scrolls of peeling bark on a rare old elm in the Links

A cut-leaved beech with white lichen spots on South Meadow Walk, after the rain. Rainy autumn and winter days are the best time to see the colours and shapes in the bark. During the growing season it's often hidden by foliage

Metallic cherry bark, tinted by lichen

An old horse chestnut, tinted green under its huge canopy

A twisting rowan under investigation by a pair of Scotties

A sunlit oak

A spiralling hornbeam

A lime after the rain

Cracking sycamore with two clearly different lichens

Lichen on a young oak

Angular old willows