The strain of new growth
sends sweat rolling off the brow
tree’s blood and water
I noticed this yesterday while taking photos of the annual blooming of the peach tree. Those aren’t water drops, they’re either sap or nectar (syrupy and yes, sweet; it’s a peach tree, I didn’t figure it would poison me). On another shoot, ants were harvesting the fluid. I wonder if it’s a symbiotic thing- feed the ants yourself, and they won’t bring in the aphids to suck you dry and milk their nectar? Or could it even be a lensing effect to magnify the sun while they’re still small? Anyway, it’s something I’ve never noticed before, probably because the new leaves grow so fast, and I don’t think they extrude this stuff for very long.
Peach trees – nature’s candy store 🙂