18 December 2005

Warp Tree Weavings

Last Sunday, pre-full moon, was even warmer at plus 6 C than today's plus 1 C. Walked to No'side Fredericton across the ex-train bridge and then unpriver on the trail past were Gibson's engine roundhouse used to stand to Carleton Park. Gulls at the water's edge. Evidence all around of the rain-filled floodwaters of recent weeks.

warp tree with iceThe scattered young, city-planted maples near the boat ramp all supported small ice-structures hanging of their truynks and lower branches. They drew me closer to photograph the trees and ice.

warp treebackOnce I got close enough to really see the trees I was struck by the floodwater-forced weavings in the wefts of branches. From the downriver-backside the branches were clearly visible.

warp tree frontFrom the front, the upriver side, the weaving is truly great: a tightly pressed arrangement of grasses, corn stalks and cobs filling the fan of tree branches.

T: plain black
loc: ComCtr
temP: -5
sound: NOFX "What's the Matter With Parents Today?"


Anonymous said...


Jackie said...

I have seen something of the same sort at my dad's farm in the spring after the flood waters have gone down. One year there was probably close to an acre of what I called "Feild Paper". It was made out of reeds and silt that has matted themselves together while the water peakedIt was beautiful and fragile and the "papre" was probably about a foot off of the ground because the reeds had not completly bent to the ground.

Joe Blades said...

Ah, yes, I'm familiar with your "field paper". Another version is "scum paper". When a pond dries up or the river level drops there often are almost felted or velvety sheets just above the ground.