Well I have tried to post these pictures into the "Laminate or wood flooring" thread as promised but for the last 2-3 days with the site acting up I haven't been able to reply to that thread for some reason. Even now, I can create a new thread and reply to others but when I try to reply to that one it just goes to a blank page.
Soooo.... here are the pictures.
Not sure if the pictures really do the floor justice but here is my parents wood floor. I don't think laminate can compete.