Spruce Resin Drips – Macro Monday

I won’t make you wait until next Monday to announce what this is a photo of. But try and guess anyhow before you read the story below the photo.


Yes, the photo is Tree Sap. Spruce tree resin, to be specific. Isn’t it wonderful looking stuff? I suppose I should be concerned that a few of my spruce trees are spitting out copious quantities of this sticky goo, but it is so enchanting that I am just not going to worry about what evil force might be at work here.

There is a certain amount of danger involved in taking these photos. An army of ants scurries around the base of the tree, and they bite anything that lingers long enough to observe the sticky dripping above them. I was too busy looking up to look down, and paid a handsome price for my inattention. Now when I take pictures of sap, I wear long pants and tuck them into heavy socks, thus reducing ant entry points.

Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch or you might simply get covered in sap and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors where it is harder to get a splinter.
– Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril –