Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Cork Trees Driving around southern Portugal in the province of Alentejo, the land is sparsely populated and full of cork trees.

Cork Trees In the 17th century Dom PĂ©rignon was the first to use cork in glass bottles for sealing wine.

Cork Trees Two-thirds of the world’s cork comes from these fields.

Cork Trees It takes 40 years for a cork tree to to grow bark thick enough for harvest. Its useful life lasts another 150-200 years, harvesting the bark every 9 years.

Cork Trees Farmers write the year of the last harvest on each tree, so they can quickly scour the countryside for any ripe bark.


by msg » Nov 18, 2003 8:08 PM

Great job. Well-chosen photos, captions brief and informative. If I was your editor I'd cavil the apostrophe in 'its useful life', but I'm not, and I throughly enjoyed a trip to Portugal here.


by no meato burrito » Dec 7, 2003 9:44 PM

i believe the only times you use "it's" (with an apostrophe) are for the contractions of "it is" and "it has".

... to which 'msg' might reply "aw, put a cork in it!"

thanks for the geography lesson, scott!


by davelo » Jan 5, 2004 8:57 PM

I enjoy your photos. It's wonderful.


by jb » Feb 28, 2004 9:55 AM

Nice photos.
Given your interest in Portugal and cork history, thought you might find http://www.corkboat.com/ of interest.



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