Spruce Resin – Unusual Drips

Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.
– William Arthur Ward


Sap (resin) running down the bark of an evergreen tree –Β  I suppose that isn’t all that unusual.


But what about a blob of spruce tree sap (resin) with an insect (from last fall) clutched in it’s gooey clasp? Now that is unusual!

Why can’t I be different and unusual… like everyone else?
– Vivian Stanshall

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Unusual.

43 thoughts on “Spruce Resin – Unusual Drips

  1. Hi,
    I love how you have captured the sap from the tree, that is incredible, and the tear drop about to fall, you got that at the right moment.
    Very good shot of the insect in the sap. Well done. πŸ™‚


    1. Hi Mags – I wanted to wait around to see if the sap drop did anything, but it was very cold out, so I think it was frozen there.


    1. Hi Composer – I thought amber came from sap, but apparently it comes from fossilized tree resin. Sap circulates through the plant’s vascular system while resin comes from the epithelial cells. Resin is normally red, clear, and hard. Sap is yellowish or white, sticky and gummy. I think my photographs are of sap, but I’ll check more carefully in the spring when everything thaws. Then I’ll be able to determine if the stuff is sticky and gummy.


  2. wanting to be different and unusual – reminds me of being in junior high. Only sometimes that never goes away.


    1. Hi Barb – Yes, people do seem to be a curious mix of desires – wanted to be different, while wanting to be the same.


  3. As I looked at the images you posted, I was reminded of the fact that, this past weekend, I finally purchased a digital camera. Back in the 1970s through the 1990s, I was quite active in photography, then with film cameras. Finally, I’m ready to re-enter the world of photography and step up to the technology of the 21st century. Appropriately, I purchased the camera in time for our long road trip (Oregon to Florida) to begin this coming weekend. Next, I’ll figure out how to include images in my posts. Bill


    1. Congrats Bill – How exciting – you’ll love the freedom of taking lots of photos without the cost of film and printing. Before you upload your photos, be sure to resize them!


  4. I especially love the first photo. I don’t want to get gross and tell you what it reminded me of before I scrolled down and saw the caption. Hint… it’s related to cold and flu season…


  5. Great photos for the challenge. Your photos of sap are most interesting. The one with the insect in it is really intriguing. πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks Lorna – I think part of my ability to see things a bit differently is because I am built closer to the ground…


  6. The poor, er, sap. I’ve been in some sticky situations myself… : P

    Incredible capture, Margie, very striking.

    But this post would have astounded me even without the photos– because I never expected to see any blogger quoting the quite wonderful and wholly unique Viv Stanshall of the late lamented Bonzo Dog Band. You are, as I suspected, a true hipster!! : )


    1. Hi Mark – I lived in the UK a few years after the demise of Stanshall, but can’t say I was all that aware of his work and life, just a bit about his sharp wit!


    1. You are very compassionate, Judee. When I looked at the insect, I thought it might have been one of the ants that bites, so I wasn’t all that upset at seeing it removed from the gene pool.


  7. It is unusual to see insects trapped in the sap, but there again I’ve never seen any tree give out as much sap as the ones in your photographs, maybe I’m just not looking….


    1. Hi Mike – I thought it was unusual to see that much sap on those two trees, but like you, maybe I just haven’t paid enough attention to that sort of thing.


    1. Hi Fergie – I seem to have millions and millions of ants here – particularly the biting kind that attack my ankles when I’m digging in the flower beds!


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