Things in my backyard—
Well these aren’t literally in my back yard, but a quick trip down the coast last fall and a stop at Beach 1 near Kalaloch, Washington revealed this anomaly in the Sitka Spruce growing in and around the Olympic National Forest. The rounded knobs are tumors, possibly caused by a virus that damages the growth cells and makes them grow more rapidly than normal. The result—these burls.
Burls that look perverted
Among animated branches in the wind
Cause impassioned longing for the sun.
Three word Wednesday: pervert; animate; impassioned.