This is the sunlight hitting the bark of a Silver Birch. Love the contrast of the smooth silver against that deep & rough texture that surrounds it.
I've been working on hedges all day. In this photo this yew hedge looks great; all green & majestic.
Look a little closer though & you see the Brambles & Ivy lurking beneath the surface, threatening to slowly, but surely, strangle this lovely hedge.
One draw back to T-shirt weather when doing a job like this; my arms are so scratched up, I look like I've been in battle with an angry cat or something. Not a great look, but a small price to pay I figure.