(Also on Sb)
Sally Strange, OM says
27 October 2011 at 12:38 am
Pssshhhh. Wearing pants is so twentieth century.
sandiseattle, fannypack user since 2000 says
27 October 2011 at 12:39 am
So maybe the lower part was under water at one point? at least thats what I would surmise.
27 October 2011 at 12:40 am
Obviously this tree is dreaming; it’s probably about to give a speech before the United Nations assembly.
Glen Davidson says
27 October 2011 at 12:47 am
I saw some bits and pieces of what it was wearing in some bottle or other. Jammed in pretty tightly.
I don’t think it would do it any good any more.
Sentient Meat says
27 October 2011 at 12:52 am
Rey Fox says
27 October 2011 at 12:54 am
You know, if you click on the picture…
'Tis Himself, OM says
27 October 2011 at 1:27 am
Get some pants on!
Trees don’t pant. They respire in another way.
27 October 2011 at 1:54 am
Does it appear that tree has shrinkage? I looked, but see nothing in the crotches of the tree.
In other news, is that a cork tree?
27 October 2011 at 2:14 am
It’s a cork tree.
27 October 2011 at 3:19 am
Yeah, it’s a cork oak. Click the pic for most of the story. What they leave out is the fact that the cork harvesters can’t use the rough outer layer the first time, so they really have to wait even more years to get a useful harvest.
27 October 2011 at 3:43 am
I read this blog in Google Reader, and it seems they have some weird algorithm for selecting ads to appear. I just noticed noticed an ad on this post for Christian Mingle, a dating site for Christian singles. A screen shot is here:
27 October 2011 at 3:57 am
Actually, they can use it… just not for the typical purposes associated with cork. It’s very popular with reptile and air-plant enthusiasts, however.
Richard Drumm The Astronomy Bum says
27 October 2011 at 4:53 am
I recognized a cork tree immediately. Interesting background info, Menyambal!
I see lots of cork products that look like they’re made from small chips of cork glued together. Might be from that first harvest of bark.
27 October 2011 at 8:24 am
Enjoy it while you can – these trees will be gone soon with the acceptance of plastic corks. And so will the whole ecosystem they support – not least of which is pigs fattened on their acorns and then turned into air dried ham of a quality that might just make you believe in a higher being who certainly wouldn’t even consider considering pigs to be dirty…
27 October 2011 at 9:05 am
Although given the depletion of the fossil fuel resources necessary for the creation of plastics it might be that cork from renewable sources may come back into vogue.
Antiochus Epiphanes says
27 October 2011 at 11:40 am
Suber post, Squidly OL.
27 October 2011 at 1:06 pm
Odds on the flooring industry picking up the slack?
Reminds me of the argument to use real trees, vines, flowers, berries, etc. for decorations, instead of buying plastic or silk, as it encourages farms of plants over production in factories.
There’s a little more to it than that, of course… but if the farming is done in a responsible way that allows the natural ecosystem to persist then I’m all for it. All those captive-bred Iberian lynx need somewhere to live, after all :)
Naked Bunny with a Whip says
27 October 2011 at 1:57 pm
27 October 2011 at 4:26 pm
We are all well aware of the situation with the ads. It has been addressed many times.