Tuesday, August 05, 2014

lunchtime in the park

On my work days I try to go for a half hour walk in the park across the road from my building. It's a really good 're-set' time to go and look up into the trees and sky, watch the birds, search for treasures and have some mental space.

I see all sorts of interesting things and small treasures: today's strange find was this oddly spiralled sap.
There were hard lumps and filigrees of this resinous ook that had seeped out of the tree all the way up the trunk. Some bits has fallen onto the ground but there were lots still attached to the tree.
It's opaque as you can see, has no detectable smell and it quite smooth - not at all sticky.Very strange.


Peter said...

Hi Felicity , thats the sap from the native Australian tree called the Hoop Pine ( araucaria cunninghamia ) , the sap has no odour , infact because of this trait , the wood is used in the manufacture of ice cream sticks .

Annabel Rainbow said...

Ice cream sticks? Well I never.