Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wood

This week, Cee has asked us to show off a few photos of wood.

We all know how essential trees are to the well-being of our planet, but many of them get chopped down for one or other reason. Sometimes they are alien trees and are not good for the other trees around them, as was the case here with these Eucalyptus trees in South Africa.


We use wood for so many purposes, and when visiting New England, one of the things I most wanted to see were the old covered bridges. The beautiful book and film, ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ had really sparked my interest in these.




Wood carving is an ancient craft, and I saw some gorgeous examples whilst in Bali.



Africa is also well-known for its wooden sculptures.


In England whilst visiting a bluebell wood near to my mom-in-law’s, I was surprised to find this beautifully carved bench, just waiting for us to rest our legs.


The oldest tree I’ve ever seen was this petrified Redwood in Yellowstone Park. You might have thought that in the USA, Redwoods are exclusive to California and southern Oregon, but you’d be wrong.


This plaque explains how it got to be there.


Just for fun, here are my two pets in South Africa. Because we travel and are away so much, I have animals that don’t need feeding, brushing, or taking for walks, but are always there waiting for me when I get home.

I know Fido doesn’t look very happy, but it’s just the breed. πŸ™‚


Princess is quite content to sleep on the staircase, and never complains about anything.


If you’ve enjoyed my pics, why not pop over the Cee’s blog to join in, or just check out other entries for the theme?


I would like to thank all of you who have voted for me in the Rodposse Photo Challenge. I am currently in the lead, and votingΒ  ends tomorrow, so if you want to see my entry, just click on the above link, and if you like it, please click on ‘like’. Thanks so much. πŸ˜€

109 comments on “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wood

  1. How did I miss this post? You had a whole line of woods. The carvings are incredible! I loved the β€˜The Bridges of Madison County’ — the book and movie…

  2. I love all the pictures, of course, but I adore covered bridges. We used to live in a little town in Oregon – Cottage Grove – that had as it’s claim to fame a covered bridge just outside the center of town. I liked the movie, too! πŸ™‚

  3. Wood is beautiful. I love all your wooden photos, especially those cute pets you have at home waiting for you with no complaints. That’s a brilliant idea for someone who travels a lot:-)

  4. Your posts are such fun AD ! Petrified wood is so REAL looking isn’t it … Fido does look very mournful so am glad you explained why πŸ™‚
    Great Pics .

  5. Great photos of wood! I especially love that chair in Bali and those African carvings. And your little pets that don’t need to be walked or fed. πŸ™‚

  6. Oh Sylvia! I loved the carved trees with the hippos. I didn’t find the redwood when I was in Yellowstone. Your picture and the sign sent me off imagining what it must have been like all those years ago with so many more redwoods than our puny little remaining preserves. I think that would have been heavenly.

    • Thanks, Gunta. Yes, I find the idea of Yellowstone as a hug Redwood forest, really fascinating. Amazing how landscapes change over millennia, isn’t it. Happy weekend to you. πŸ™‚

  7. My friend has a hippo of wood and he is ginormous…like the middle one in the pic…if I didn’t need a crane to move him I would pinch it

  8. I also have a wooden pet, a hippo, much smaller than the ones in your photo though. His name is Harry, and I think he will be with me wherever I may live πŸ™‚

  9. I adore wood carvings and these South African ones are no exception – especially the warthog. That bench you and your mom-in-law are sitting on is too beautiful. Love the owls, AD.

  10. Loved all your photos AD but particularly the covered bridges. We found several while traveling in Oregon earlier this year.

  11. wonderful post ad, i love the covered bridges … we dont have any out here so i guess they were to keep the bridge safe from snow ???

  12. Those covered bridges really are fascinating.
    I think I should get an animal like you, I don’t think the Evil One would give it away then

    • Yes, those bridges are everywhere in New England and thereabouts. Have you read that book? It’s so amazing. My wooden pets have been with me for many years, and haven’t messed in the house once. πŸ˜†

  13. What wonderful examples for the challenge. It seems you found some lovely covered bridges while in New England. I found one recently on our travels in Germany…which was a real surprise.

    • Thanks so much, Karen. Covered bridges are so lovely. I was also surprised that you found one in Germany, but was just reading on Wiki, that there are about 1 600 of them around the world.

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  16. I love how you went from the raw product to the elaborate carvings and of course our historical covered bridges. Adorable pets, each with their own built in personalities…oh so practical for the traveler.

  17. Beautiful wood carvings with their attention to detail. I am glad you showed these covered bridges, they are amazing. Great selections for Cee’s challenge.


  18. Wonderful and great variety – have been to Bali too and the Redwood carving is some stunning art. Bought a couple of figures with me home.
    Top photo is my pick for the day.

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