Macro Monday: Pine tree sap

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

Well, after a long summer break to enjoy my kids’ company, I am back! I’ve managed to take a few photos over the past couple of months, but my SD cards are so full of photos I’ve taken for the past year or so, I’m not sure where to start. One huge goal I have for September is to completely revamp my Zazzle nature photography store and create new photo products for sale, so that should be me busy for a while…

For today’s Macro Monday, I thought I’d share a couple of photos of solidified pine tree sap I spotted during our summer vacation in the mountains of Southern California. I love the way these drops of tree sap show reflections of their surroundings, a bit like a glass marble would.

Macro Monday: reflections in a drop of pine tree sap
Macro Monday: reflections in a drop of pine tree sap

This pine tree sap seems to attract insects, which then get stuck on it while it dries up. Eventually they become permanent fixtures of this art created by Mother Nature.

Tree sap on pine tree with ants
Tree sap on pine tree with ants

Now that my kids are back in school, I’ll try my best to post new photos several times a week, as well as visit other photo blogs to take a look at the beautiful shots you’ve been taking. Happy Monday!

16 thoughts on “Macro Monday: Pine tree sap

  1. Wasn’t that how they resurrected the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? A mosquito that had the blood of a dinosaur in it got trapped and preserved in sap. Maybe there’s a dinosaur in your trapped insect there. 😉

    Great photos!

    • Haha, I completely forgot about that! This sap is quite fresh and I’m pretty sure I saw plenty of ants and spiders, but nothing else. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by. The sap that’s dripping off the tree bark isn’t sticky, but if you stick your fingers directly on the bark, right where the bark comes out, yes, it’s very sticky. And it’s not a good thing when you’re holding a camera!

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