20/20 Photo Challenge : March, texture #5

This month we are looking at textures. While the structure of an object is its form, the material from which it is made constitutes its texture. Is it hard or soft, smooth or rough?  You are aiming at translating texture visually, bringing life and energy to a photo through shape, tone and colour. Study the texture and forget about the object. Texture becomes the subject here.

This month’s final assignment – Get close to your subject and capture just the texture itself, without the context. Then Zoom out so that you capture both the context of the texture as well as the texture itself.


March has gone and the less said about it the better. Late afternoon, now the weather has cooled down, I go for my solitary walk around the block. I tiptoe past this gruesome creature that dwells just down the street.

But last night I took the camera as I thought it would be a perfect subject for this final, March assignment of Jude’s Photo Challenge.

This is where he hangs out. A Magnificent stand of Paperbark trees.001_3542x4649I carried on and crossed the dog park. At this time of evening it is usually packed with people and their dogs socialising. Not now…011Even sadder is the newly renovated and upgraded children’s playground, now out of bounds. Deserted.012_5184x3888But it is all waiting and eventually life will return to some sort of normal. In the meantime keep busy.

Go over and get hung up on Jude’s interpretation this week.


  1. I think while the weather stays fine and warm here, people will keep going out walking and riding their bikes. The roads have very little motor traffic, but there are so many walkers and cyclists. I guess these are the folks who would normally have been commuting to jobs during the day.

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  2. Nice one Pauline, it took me a while to see the gruesome creature,
    It is a skull I see am I right or is it something like in the book “Nightmares in the Sky.”?
    Gargoyles and grotesques, that prompted Stephen King to write,
    “Look closely, because we see these ominous lares of the human psyche so seldom.’
    I often see animal heads and faces in notches on trees.
    I delight in doing that like making shapes out of clouds.

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    • I’ve heard of the bark used in art work. I have a paperbark in the garden May have a go at stripping some off and using it for art. Sure there will be a YouTube about it. Something to do if isolation drags on and I run out of other things to do.


  3. It is sad to see so many empty spaces, especially the ones where children usually play. Still, I can’t help staring in fascination at your paperbark close-up. Such ruffly layers! Are they very soft or are they actually rough to the touch?

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  4. Paperbark trees are the main street trees on Santa Cruz Avenue downtown! The would not have been my favorite choice if I were to have made the selection decades ago, but they have worked out splendidly. They have not displaced the pavement, and are remarkably resilient. The bark is so soft that it does not damage the doors of cars that are opened into it. The only problem is that the spongy bark absorbs what dogs do on it, and then hydrates in the rain.

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