|As they say, curiosity killed the cat. Here's what is inside of a goldenrod gall (left) and oakleaf gall (right). Remember though, satisfaction brought it back!|
It's also been a banner year for galls in the goldenrod plants - not that that particularly distresses me. They do make for interesting natural shapes. I think there must be something creative that could be made from them, as they are everywhere. Maybe I could do some wood burning on a dried one - idea for the winter months.
|Goldenrod afflicted with gall.|
|This is a willow, with some sort of blackspot.|
|Goldenrod with triple galls.|
I don't spray my apple trees, so I get the most gnarly, horrible looking specimens, but they do have some merit from an artistic standpoint - much more interesting than the picture perfect globes, available in the supermarket these days. Of course it makes me wonder just how much insecticide was used to produce that kind of perfection.
|A wasp and ladybug enjoying the fruits of my labours.|
|Scab and rust combined....mmmmmm!|