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Thursday Snapshot: Patch of Sap Detail


Detail of sap "window" on hemlock (maybe) at Silver Falls State Park.

We recently spent some time in Oregon exploring the coast as well as its forests. I took about a million photos during the visit, which you can see if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I fell in love with texture there, especially of the moss, lichen and tree barks. I simply could not get enough, and I'm going to share some of my favorites here, too.

A more full view of the sap "window." 
We spotted this patch of sap during a damp hike at Silver Falls State Park. I'd seen sap rings on trees in other places in Oregon, but this was the first that appeared like a window onto the tree itself. What it means exactly, I don't know, but it was stunning and still takes my breath away. I'm including both a detail of the sap and a larger picture that shows the place on the trunk as well.

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