This is just cute.
If someone did this on purpose, in living color–and I mean lip and cheek tones–then it would be “weird modern art.” But as naturally occurring tree bark, the contrast between soft, red kisses (what it looks like) and rough, grey bark (what you know it is) creates an amusing tension.
But perhaps trying to explain it like a highfalutin’ art critic distracts from the experience of just enjoying it.
So let’s stick with “this is just cute.”
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What the camera saw:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen bark like this. Lower down, the little kissy fissures seem to be merging into long crevasses, so it appears to be in transition between younger, smooth bark and older lined bark.
What a bystander would see: