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!

Macro Monday: Pine tree sap from up close

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. 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.

I love pine trees. I love their many varieties, their fragrance, their height and the way their branches stretch out as far as they can. I got to enjoy a lot of pine trees last week and for the first time, I took a closer look at their trunks. As I tried to photograph the many patterns of their bark while at a park, I noticed many trees had sap dripping out of their bark. And that sap itself was worth taking pictures. Here are a few photos of pine tree sap I had time to sort out. I have way more photos to go through, so I hope to do more posts on this in the near future. I hope you enjoy these few photos to start with.

The first thing I noticed when photographing pine tree sap is, it often comes with bugs that are stuck in there. The second thing I noticed is, if you photograph it from the right angle, you’ll see plenty of reflections in it.

Macro Monday: Pine tree sap from up close
Macro Monday: Pine tree sap from up close

Tree sap comes in all shapes and sizes. Check out this long hanging sap, as well as the small hook that’s attached to the tree trunk. How cool is that?

Macro Monday: Pine tree sap hanging from tree
Macro Monday: Pine tree sap hanging from tree

Tree sap can also comes in different colors, depending on the color of the bark on the trunk. Check out this mix of light yellow and red tree sap.

Macro Monday: Red pine tree sap
Macro Monday: Red pine tree sap

Of course, tree sap can just drop and harden in drop shapes, but even then, you can see some patterns inside each drop. Lovely.

Macro Monday: Reflections in drops of tree sap
Macro Monday: Reflections in drops of tree sap