I thought PB was a family site...and now you are posting NAKED trees....you should be ashamed of yourself Feebs !!! But really cool tree....did you get to touch it....ok now i'm getting as bad as you !!!
I LOVE it Feebs, I've never seen anything like it! If you had not said it's been like this for 4 years, I would have said it can't survive without it's bark, but clearly that's not the case ... I have no idea how it's living without it's skin!
I get the tactile thing, that's me too, I see as much with my hands as my eyes... and your b&w is great :):) perfect contrast and details :)
This is a very interesting and elegant looking tree. You know, Portgual is a great producer of cork, which is removed from the cork-oak when the tree is 25-30 years old and then later all 9 years, leaving the trees naked, too.