Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Madrone Tree

This is a Madrone Tree, one of the prettiest trees around because of its reddish bark that peels to reveal a light green layer underneath. This photo was taken in the summer, so it was not flowering, but in spring the red and green bark make a beautiful background to white flowers and red berries. Madrone comes from the Spanish word for strawberry. You can imagine that a tree covered with what looks like strawberries would be beautiful.

Here is a close-up of the red and green bark, with an ant coming for a visit.

I took these photos during a kayak trip off San Juan Island in Washington State. We stopped for lunch in Deadman Bay near Lime Kiln State Park. We had started the trip in the morning from Smallpox Bay. Fortunately there was no bad karma on our trip from these two bays with sad histories.

Without getting too much into the gory details, Deadman Bay got its name because the bodies of illegal Chinese immigrants would wash up here after being thrown overboard by smugglers trying to escape US Customs agents. Smallpox Bay was named after the Native Americans who tried to treat their smallpox fevers by bathing in the cold waters of the bay. They contracted smallpox, which they had no immunity to, through contact with European settlers.

Although the Madrone Tree was of no help in treating smallpox, Native Americans did use its leaves and bark to treat a variety of other illnesses including stomach ailments, skin problems, sore throats and colds. They also ate its berries. A Native American legend explains that the reason Madrone Trees are often found on rocky coastlines like Deadmay Bay is that it is the Madrone's job to hold the earth together with its roots.

Today's less romantic explanation for why Madrones thrive on rocky coastlines is that they are broadleaf evergreens, in the same family as the Rhododendron. Their large leaves are active year-round, compensating for the poor soil conditions. Madrones are well suited for the relatively mild winters of San Juan Island. Evergreens in areas with colder winters generally have needles rather than broad leaves.

Here is a Madrone in bloom from Wikimedia:


  1. hey there... one of my favorite trees!! there are quite a few of them on the acreage here, and in b.c. they are held in high esteem ... by those who love them.. hated by those who hate the peeling messiness of them... in Canada they are known as Arbutus...unfortunately there is a nasty virus which has been attacking them in the past few years ...i've often thought that the peeling bark should have made a great paper...i have some slices of a branch which i intended to make into Rune 'stones' .. one day one day ;)

  2. I'm sorry to hear that they are being attacked by a virus. They are definitely beautiful. And the wood has a unique look and lots of burls, so it makes nice ornamental objects.

  3. What an interesting experience you had and a wonderful way of describing the Madrone Tree. Indeed, this tree can be a lovely choice for certain locations that can be considered when landscaping. Aside from its medicinal properties it also has a certain charm that is just appealing.

  4. Nhu cầu vận chuyển hàng hóa ngày càng tăng đối trong khi lại xuất hiện rất nhiều nơi cung cấp dịch vụ vận chuyển nhưng chất lượng chưa biết như thế nào. Nếu bạn đang tìm nơi cung cấp dịch vụ ship hàng toàn quốc giá rẻ. Thì hãy đến với chúng tôi, với đội ngũ nhân viên đầy kinh nghiệm.
    Chúng tôi sẽ đảm bảo đáp ứng hoàn hảo các yêu cầu vận chuyển mà bạn đưa ra với giá cả tốt nhất. Những dịch vụ chúng tôi đang cung cấp như giao hàng nhanh, gửi hàng đi đà nẵng, giao hàng thu tiền hộ, cho thuê kho bãi, chuyển phát nhanh, gửi hàng ra hà nội,...
    Đặc biệt ở 2 thành phố lớn chúng tôi còn cung cấp dịch vụ vận chuyển để đáp ứng nhu cầu. Đó chính là dịch vụ ship hàng tại tphcmdịch vụ ship hàng nội thành hà nội

  5. Very Nice blog. Now these day the technology changed a lot humans as well as environment. The germination chamber, improve uniformity, decreases the lead time and increase the numbers of seed to germinate.

  6. If you are looking for an insect control company in Dammam, you will not find any better than our company
    شركة المثالية لمكافحة الحشرات

  7. Là 1 nhà hàng Uy Tín – Đáng Tin Cậy. mang chuyên nghiệp trong lĩnh vực tài chính. Chúng tôi luôn đặt “Lời ích các bạn khi vay tiền lên hàng đầu”. Sau thoáng đãng năm phát triễn nghiên cứu. nhận diện được sự ngăn cản và thủ tục rượm rà lúc vay tiền hiện thời. buộc phải chúng tôi đưa ra giải pháp mới thích hợp với khuynh hướng mới Vay tiền mặt – có tiền nhanh trong ngày.

    một. Thủ tục vay đơn thuần nhất hiện nay
    Chỉ bắt buộc giấy tờ ko buộc phải giám định rườm rà. Bằng tài xế hoặc Hộ khẩu đã vay được tiền.
    2. thời kì giải ngân tiền mặt nhanh nhất bây chừ
    Cam kết phê chuẩn hồ sơ trong 15 – 30 phút. Giải ngân tiền mặt sau 30 phút – đến 2h giả dụ làm cho hồ sơ trước 21H Tối. Chúng tôi cam kết giải quyết trong ngày. không để tồn sang hôm sau.
    3. Vay toền online miễn sao bạn mang mạng internet
    phần lớn lúc phần lớn nơi. coi xét website. Chúng tôi sẽ có chuyên viên tư vấn nhiều năm kinh nghiệm hỗ trợ bạn. Bạn ko phải buộc phải đi xa chờ đợi. Chỉ bắt buộc nhấc máy và gọi. Sẽ vay được tiền.
    4. không hề tài sản bảo đảm, chẳng phải chứng tỏ thu nhập
    Chỉ đề nghị thủ tục đơn giản như trên. Chúng tôi ko nên ai bảo lãnh khoản vay cho bạn. nên siêu yên ổn tâm không khiến cho phiền người nhà bạn.

    vay tien nhanh, vay tiền nhanh, vay tiền online, vay tien online, vay tien, vay tiền, vay tien, vay tín chấp, vay tin chap, vay tiền nhanh nhất, vay tien nhanh online, vay tiền nhanh online, vay tiền online nhanh, vvay tien online nhanh,
    vay tien nhanh nhat,

  8. Welcome to our Medical books free PDF. Browse our large selection of training handbooks covering medicine, nursing, psychology, surgery, and much more

  9. At Jeddah Homes Cleaning Company we can reach anywhere as quickly as possible with comprehensive services when cleaning houses and apartments.
    شركة النجوم لخدمات التنظيف
    شركة تنظيف شقق بمكة
    شركة تنظيف بيوت بمكة
    شركة نقل عفش بمكة

  10. Your blog designs and settings are awesome. keep sharing these types of informative blog site.

  11. Dragonkicks This Air Jordan 6(Six) Rings Retro (Metallic Silver/Light Graphite/White)(JHF)JJF 436 was released on September 18, 2010 fetures definitely unique design in the Jordan 6 (Six) Rings, which is one of Jordan Brand's many hybrids, sporting elements of several classic Air Jordan silhouettes. We also get a look at the translucent Air Jordan XIII midsole that features a tint of blue as seen on Cheap Jordan Shoes For Sale the Air Jordan XI 25th Anniversary and Space Jam retro. Definitely cool sneakers.

    Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses, That is set to leave Europe somewhere in the middle as the US weighs a range of penalties on China for encroaching further on Hong Kong freedoms. The EU chief foreign envoy, Josep Borrell, said this week that sanctions were not the solution our problems with China. In a letter to the bloc foreign ministers ahead of a pre scheduled video conference meeting on China on Friday, he urged them to consider tools of leverage we have {cheap yeezy shoes for sale}.

  12. This is an informative blog. Keep it up. I am looking forward to this kind of blog. Thanks for sharing it with us

  13. Great information, I was searching for this kind of information, thank you very much for sharing with us. i also have some links to share

  14. This is an informative blog. Keep it up. I am looking forward to this kind of blog. Thanks for sharing it with us