Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Talk About Gall



This tree has some character. It makes me think of magical forests and I fully expected to see a gnome or small mythological beastie pop its head around from behind it as I took the photo.

Sadly, what the tree has is gall. Something like an insect, bacteria, injury or what-have-you attacked it and changed its hormones.

12 comments:

bunnygirl said...

It's interesting how the growth is almost a perfect sphere. I didn't realize it was a disease that made some trees look like that.

the Bag Lady said...

So this makes the Bag Lady wonder -when we humans have a bloated stomach, it's gall?!
Cool photo, dfLeah...those boles make really great tables, too.

Reb said...

Did you look really carefully? Those doors are well hidden.

Great photo and thanks for the information - I didn't know that.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Oh, poor tree. Very cute though... and is that an elf I see exiting from one of those doors?

Hope it's not a fatal affliction, it really does look like a tree with a lot of character.

the Bag Lady said...

Hey, the Bag Lady just looked a little more closely at that photo. She didn't see any elves, but there's a pile of elf poo over to the right...

Leah J.Utas said...

I should have looked closer,Reb.
I'd forgotten how crafty the Wee Folk are about their doors.

I like your thinking, Bag Lady. It's not bloat, it's gall.

Bunnygirl - It was the spherical shape that really attracted me to it.

It wouldn't surprise me if you saw an elf there, Crabby.

Hilary said...

I can see it clear as day... Goldeye with Gall and Gollum

Leah J.Utas said...

Brilliant, Hilary. Good work. Thanks.

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary! That is too cool!!

Reb said...

Very good Hilary!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

I like your picture, but Hilary's picture is funnier! ;)

Terrie

Dawn said...

What a magical picture - but sad too.