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Russet Globule on Burned Pine Tree 2055

Continuing with the orange theme that began with a painted Schinia moth and resumed with the fungus of the last post, here’s an orange globule on a burned loblolly pine tree, Pinus taeda. Remember that most of the pine forest in Bastrop burned down during the terrible Labor Day fire of 2011. Whether this globule is pine resin that got roasted then or whether it’s something that developed later, I don’t know.

Today’s photograph is yet another from an April 27th field trip to Bastrop State Park led by botanist Bill Carr.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 30, 2014 at 5:55 AM

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  1. So I was making a pot of porridge; turned off the element; came to read this and discovered there is a loblolly pine. ‘The word loblolly is a combination of lob, referring to thick heavy bubbling of cooking porridge, and lolly, an old British dialect word for broth, soup, or any other food boiled in a pot.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_taeda It would seem that I have been watching the lob in my lolly (porridge). That orange thing may be a solidified lob.


    June 30, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    • You haven’t been lollygagging about this morning (or night, your time), but in addition to watching the lob in your lolly (so you wouldn’t sear your cereal) you’ve given us the pine’s scientific name and a loblolly link. I should have put those things in the text, and in fact I’ve gone back and added the scientific name and a link (a different one from yours, for even more information). From your last sentence, I take it the blob is a lob.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      • Indeed, I have not been lollygagging, though I do at other times. (Where is the etymology for lollygagging ? One is tempted to think it has its origins in gagging over the lolly, or dawdling over one’s boiled cabbage soup because it’s too unpleasant to swallow.) And yes the blob makes a fine lob.


        June 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        • Apparently there’s no clear etymology for lollygag. One hypothesis put forth in the Online Etymology Dictionary for this term, first attested in the 1860s, is:

          perhaps from dialectal lolly “tongue” + gag “deceive, trick.”

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

          • Hmmm….so a lolly or a lollipop is something that is associated with the tongue. To move from language to your other subject of numbers, I was impressed by this information that was also in the wiki article ” Loblolly pine became the first species with its complete genome sequenced.[9][20] Its genome is the largest of any genome so far known. The whole genome is made up of 20.15 billion base pairs, which is more than seven times that of humans.[10] “


            June 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

            • Isn’t it strange that various organisms we think of as being relatively simple have much larger genomes than our own? Apparently there’s more to it than the mere number of base pairs.

              Steve Schwartzman

              June 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

  2. I’ll go with some boiled and solidified resin. Nice combination of textures.

    Steve Gingold

    June 30, 2014 at 6:13 AM

  3. Speaking of orange things, here is one I found recently.

    Jim in IA

    June 30, 2014 at 6:26 AM

  4. “More orange” makes perfect sense in terms of your series of orange-colored subjects. But there’s something else — that glob of resin (or whatever) bears a strange resemblance to an orange that’s been pushed into a crevice of the tree.

    The colors generally are gorgeous, and remarkably similar to the colors of southwestern canyons. Rotate the photo 90 degrees, and you could be looking at geological strata.


    June 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    • The orange blob sure does look citrusy, doesn’t it? I guess what kept me from thinking of it as an orange is its size, which you can’t easily determine here, but which was less than an inch.

      In addition to fruit, you’ve created two other metaphors: southwestern canyons and geological strata. You’ve got a fruitful imagination.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

  5. What a wonderful photo–the composition, the texture, the restrained palette. Fantastic.


    July 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

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