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Monday, August 9, 2010

Gardenia with a difference - Part 1

I am processing my tree and plant pictures but discovered that I did not have a shot of the Transvaal Gardenia bud before it opens. Knowing of a tree nearby, I went to take some pics of it.

It was only when I got home and put them on the computer that I noticed something different.....
Now I know you do not know this particular tree, but I wonder if you notice something odd about it too? It is something which could be on any bud of any tree.

I will give you the answer toorrow. :)

20 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

It looks more like a seed pod to me than a bud! Diane

mainly mongoose (Lynda) said...

Little scale bugs??

troutbirder said...

A nut for the nutty?

Mary said...

I give....I never know the answers to your questions, but always learn something.

Gaelyn said...

Kind of looks like aphids.

The pinedrops grow off the mycrohrizal fungi on the roots of Ponderosa Pine. Seems there is disagreement whether it's a symbiotic or parasitic relationship.

Thanks for taking me to all the beautiful places in your part of the world. I relive this adventure every time I post about it. That may be a good excuse to post slowly.

birdy said...

Never observed these tiny creatures before. Eagerly waiting for your answer.

Rambling Woods said...

I will wait as my guesses are bad

blog with no name said...

I think I'll wait to guess, it's no doubt really obvious...

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is a seedpod too Diane. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You may be right Lynda, but then maybe not. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Are you saying I am nutty TB? LOL!! Can't say I blame you. LOL!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is an interesting one Mary. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You may be right Gaeyl, but on the other hand.... LOL!!

Thanks for the info. They are most interesting and I have not seen one before.

You are most welcome. We have to do it again sometime.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I think you are going to be surprised at the answer Birdy. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A wise idea Michelle. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Good idea too Mike but not as obvious. :)

Becky and Gary said...

Of course you know I'm no good at this, but it does keep me coming back to see the answer. It looks like a gall that we have on our Goldenrod plants here, and maybe some little bugs riding along.
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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Strange you should mention it Becky, I was just putting together something on galls as most people do not know what they are.

Firefly said...

Ok, by now I know its the little bugs. But I also notice the tips of the fingerholdiums that keep flowers and other things in place for the perfect picture.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! The branch was so high up I had to bring it down to my small size in order to take the picture Jonker. I thought of cutting it out, then was too lazy. :)