Friday, May 16, 2008

$hit On A Stick

I've had a lot of people comment on how talented I am. It took a lot of doing but I never thought I could do this -













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GOTCHA! Oh come on, I'm not THAT talented ;o) LOL! I figured that after such a long hard week, it was time for some poop humour :o)

Although it surely looks like poop, it really isn't. Honest! I don't think I could go that far seeing as the retch reflex comes on too easily for me. I can be up to me knees in horse poop but anything else, I start to gag and the bile rises from within :oP

This is actually a Pin Cherry tree. You can find these throughout most of Canada and they're about the size of a small tree or shrub. They produce lovely white petal flowers and later on, little red cherries about 1/4" in diameter. Apparently the fruit can be made into jelly, although I don't believe I've ever tried it. Please note though that the leaves of this tree are poisonous!

So what is that poop looking thing then? It's actually a disease and these trees are quite prone to it :o( I remember as a child playing around them and thinking how gross they looked. We called them the Poop Tree. LOL! The lump, or gall, is referred to as Black Knot. It's a fungus that feeds off the tree, eventually disfiguring it.

If you want to read more about Black Knot, check out this site. This concludes your nature lesson for today ;o)

13 comments:

Karen said...

hmmmm if you want poop picci's just let me know Fergus has a great talent in that department when the fancy takes him ;O)

have you tried the creme egg twister yet? they are yummy they don't go through the post well as we found today LOL

zoomcity said...

My son would just LOVE you. I haven't shown him your fart shirts, but I probably ought to. :o)

brokenfairy said...

I loved the nature lesson *chuckle*

I thought you had a dog like my sister's dog for a minute then, he(the dog) has to Poo on a raised surface like a mound of mud or a football.....I have no idea why??

Shannon said...

LOL I used to call them Poop trees too. I love pin cherry jelly - you should try some sometime. :D And the trees/shrubs themself are darling. The birds adore them ! (sans the poop!)

Chiloe said...

lol you made me laugh ;)

leechbabe said...

Ewww. You got me!

Poo tree indeed :grin:

~V said...

OMG you're a hoot!

Lori-Ann said...

You've taught this country girlsomething new... I thought they were some sort of cocoon for a butterfly. I like my version better, LOL. ;o)

How's that beading going??

stitcherw said...

Ok, that is a weird tree. While is sounds like it could be lovely with the flowers, the fungus it is prone to get certainly leaves a lot to be desired. You'll have to give us a picture once it flowers. :)
Sue

Jenn said...

Stargazer is looking amazing! I got to see her finished when I was up in NH and it made me think of your piece. I just love getting to bead a piece. I guess that's just cause it means your near the end. LOL :)

Sharon said...

Funny! I seriously thought that was well you know and there I was sitting trying to figure out what did that! LOL Stargazer is looking wonderful with her bling!

Rachel S said...

thank god it's not the fruit. i was thinking it was. That would be a little much.

'Berta said...

I love the garden poop humor! And some knowledge to boot! I hope to not experience this!