Ropey Pahoehoe on a Tree? In a cemetery?

It was my third trip to Elmwood Cemetery.  I had packed my gear and was just about to get in my car when I looked up at the tree I was parked next to. Ropey pahoehoe (pa-hoey-hoey) lava immediately came to mind (although, I confess that I had forgotten its name and had to look it up here).  Though running late, I unpacked my gear and took a quick set of pictures.  I was so engrossed in the bark that I forgot to look at the whole tree or take a picture of it so that I could look up its species when I got home.  You could say that sometimes I don’t see the forest for the trees (or, in this case,  the tree for the bark).

Ropey Pahoehoe on Tree

Context: In 2011, I visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and took a drive along a lava field, a landscape like no other.  Naturally, I have a few photos of the lava from that trip.  Only later, at the Bishop Museum on Oahu, did I learn that pahoehoe was the smoother of the two main types of lava, as contrasted to a’a (ah ah), which is jagged and sharp. Ropey pahoehoe looks like concentric or parallel ropes pushed together, much like the ribs in the bark of today’s tree.

Ropey Pahoehoe

I think it will be clear to you which is tree and which is lava, but the resemblance is still uncanny.

Ropey Pahoehoe

(Order of photos: tree, lava, tree, lava)

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