All bark (no bite?)

Cypress trunks are often covered in lichen,
but it’s not the fungus I’m worried about:

Rather moccasins skimming on the water below.

Multi-colored cypress trunk in water

Slash pine trunks are my last concerns when I’m in the dry palmettos.

I have an eye out for rattlesnakes coiled around each corner, instead.

Slash pine bark peals away like paper and has many crevasses

At least that was the case until I got stung on the finger by a scorpion hiding out under a cranny of a pine trunk’s papery bark.

I’ve had a healthy respect for pine trees ever since.

I’m proud to report that after twelve years the sting no longer hurts!

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