Blue Trees? Red too? and White ones as well? What is it all about?
Blue trees on Flickr recently caught my attention…. and I as I searched for the who, what, why, and how, I found red trees and white ones too?
Seems tree painting is kind of a thing…and is done for a variety of reasons.
The Mt. Annan Botanical Gardens tree in Australia is painted Blue because it is dead and the painting is meant to draw attention and teach about how even dead, it is a vibrant place of life for other creatures and insects.
image by ozczecho
This red one is also dead and just the fancy of a creative homeowner. I personally really like the idea of painting trees. Singularly and artistically chosen for an interesting surprise in the landscape. What do you think?
Image found via PaintedTree.com
Apparently trees in both China and Mexico are regularly painted white on the bottom (possibly with Quicklime?)… Researching the why, I found reasons seem to mostly surround the health of the tree. But most explanations seem to lose sight of actual science…Snails and slugs don’t like the lime, they are easier to see on the street, the white is done to protect from heat, somehow the white discourages insects…anyone have another theory to add? Or a Fact? But once again, I like the effect.
image found at http://liuzhou.blog-city.com/tree_painters.htm
Purely for design effect (I think), trees in Kansas City’s Kauffman Memorial Garden were painted blue…apparently it washes away after a season.
image by chimphappyhour
I love the surprise, and how it makes an ordinary and perhaps overlooked landscape element suddenly much more interesting and perhaps even a destination….
Like this tree….located at Coordinates: 105.42001 W x 39.97533 N. (which BTW is near Nederland, CO– home to lots of other interesting and off beat things). I love the idea of going for a hike, compass in hand, on a hunt for a wild blue tree.
image by jenn.m
Anyone know of a good tree paint? …and if it is available in other colors…I have a stand of three large pines, that I think it would be fun to do a color study on…in shades of fuchsia…:)