Wordless Wednesday

maple tap

Sap’s running!

Linking to Sunshine’s Macro Monday

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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69 Responses to Wordless Wednesday

  1. Drip, drip, drip. Before you know it a drip is a gallon, then it’s a couple of ounces. That’s a lot for a little…but I’m hooked. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh, that is interesting. What are the tap and bucket made from? Glass and Zinc?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Originally, the spigots and buckets were wooden, then they were both metal, now the spigots are mostly plastic and the buckets are being replaced slowly with plastic tubing that drains into a central reservoir for ease of collection. I do miss the old days when things were biodegradable, but I understand that most farmers don’t have the time to collect from tree to tree anymore. Most now have to have day jobs in order to live.

  3. shoreacres says:

    I wonder who first realized this could be done. It must have been a sweet discovery.

  4. Definitely one of the purest signs of spring. I smell pancakes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Treah Pichette says:

    Iconic! I remember Kina & I drinking the sap out of the buckets up on the hill when we were kids.

  6. Alice says:

    Drink, trees, drink & give us your sweet sap…thank you for your gift to us!

  7. Elixir! Your photo sure captures its magic.

  8. Anne says:

    I found your explanation for Frogend Dweller very interesting.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Anne. The northeast and midwestern US and southern Canada have sugar maple trees, so sugaring is limited to these areas, but the syrup is shipped all over the world (for those willing to pay the price). It is a delectable treat!

  9. cindy knoke says:

    It took me too long to figure out what it was.

  10. cindy knoke says:

    Fascinating and something I have never seen.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Usually, maple sugaring brings in lots of tourists and some farms offer breakfast (all day) to enjoy with fresh syrup. This year, however, we’ll see. So much is closing down. I really feel for those who are dependent on the revenue.

  11. sandyjwhite says:

    Thank goodness this process still goes on. What would we do without
    maple syrup?

  12. Kris Peterson says:

    I wasn’t sure what it was at first. It’s obviously not something found in my part of the country!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, it is pretty much confined to winter areas with sugar maples. I forget that tapping isn’t commonly known! Unfortunately, climate change is affecting this iconic annual event. Maples need COLD winters and this past one was quite mild.

  13. Jewels says:

    Wonderful, Eliza!

  14. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    A sure sign if spring, the sap must be rising ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Already? Oh now that IS encouraging news! YAY!!

  16. Coolest pic ever! Learned so much from your responses to the comments. Thanks, Eliza. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  17. gaiainaction says:

    This is such a lovely capture Eliza. Waiting for the drop to drip ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Love the photo and, of course, maple syrup too!๐Ÿ˜

  19. Love your image here … unique!

  20. bushboy says:

    Fabulous Eliza ๐Ÿ™‚ the contrast works so well

  21. naturebackin says:

    I definitely needed the tags and comments to understand the photo. Very interesting.

  22. Maria says:

    Life’s in the details!

  23. Laura Denise says:

    Truly fascinating!

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