Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Dawson Park in Edmonton is a delightful park for walkers, joggers, cyclists, and dog owners, and it runs alongside the North Saskatchewan River. I had not been there before today because I don’t usually go to dog parks.  This one, though, is well worth a visit.

All the dogs I saw were well behaved and I heard only two of them bark. That got me wondering why we use the same word for the outside of a tree that we use for the sound a dog makes. That, in turn, reminded me of some of the photos I have taken of tree bark.

I don’t have any pictures of Dawson Park yet, but I do have tree bark.


  1. Interesting collection! I know the one that looks like army camouflage is a sycamore, as I saw one once and asked. They are rare around here.

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