Maple Syruping

It all sounds like fun, until you have to go out and identify a friggin’ sugar maple (Acer saccharum) in a forest full of maple, aspen, birch, and oak at the end of winter.  Especially when all you have at this point is opposite/alternate branching and buds to go on.  Extra especially on a 60 foot tree where the buds are 20 ft in the air.

Alternate branching:

Opposite braching:

Bank branching:

Easy enough right?  Wrong!  It’s a bazillion feet in the air.  Oh, use the main branches and not the twigs, you say?  Sure, that all sounds easy enough too.  Except that half the time branches are missing.  Or where two started out as opposites one is much smaller.  Or the alternates are so close together you still can’t tell.

Well use the buds, you say.

Yeah, identify that at a bazillion feet in the air.  I dare you!

Anyway, maple syruping didn’t go as well as planned.  Hopefully tomorrow we’ll consult w/ an expert and get our trees identified.  At that point it’s just a matter of tapping and waiting.

*Note to self: for any future maple syruping identify the damned trees in the fall when they have leaves and fruit!

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100 Comments

  1. Tubers.

  2. Tubers.

    OBLIQUE REFERENCE TO OLD INSIDE-KNOWLEDGE COMMENT, YOU SIR WIN THE INNERNUTS.

  3. …should not have had so much coffee this morning….

  4. Here are some owls — http://www.ihasaids.com/upload/data/1238441335.gif

  5. YOU SIR WIN THE INNERNUTS.

    I thought for sure when I first scrolled down to the buds, that this was going to be a lauraw tuber post.

  6. Those look like Eastern Screech owls. I’ve heard a barred owl Strix varria and a saw-whet Aegolius acadicus outside my window.

  7. ^I’m thinking you should have spent more time on botany.

  8. I’m thinking you might be right. Whatever. Plants are stupid. I know lichens, which are cool. Should I bore y’all with a lichen post next? Oohh, that sounds like an excellent idea.

  9. Search for girls scout cookies at Amazon.com, pretty straight forward, yes?

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=girl+scout+cookies

  10. Hahaha Vmax’s recap is pretty funny.

  11. While I’ll readily grant you that plants are stupid, aren’t lichens a little dumber? I mean, so dumb, when I think of lichens, I think of really stupid stuff like Democrats trying to run the economy and SeanM.

  12. Mushrooms have to be even dumber.

    Fungus — as stupid as you can get and not be a microbe. Or maybe a plankton.

  13. Nope Xbrad, lichens are far superior to other plants.

  14. this is all way over my head

  15. xbrad moves to England — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV7SXmHq0Bk

  16. xbrad where are you moving?

  17. England.

  18. morning morons

  19. Um…it’s a little late for maple syrup – if there’s budding, it’s way past time to do any maple suryurpulyinging…

    ~~ says Teafran who has 60 sugar maples in his woods ~~

  20. It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
    A beautiful day for a neighbor.
    Would you be mine?
    Could you be mine?…

    It’s a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
    A neighborly day for a beauty.
    Would you be mine?
    Could you be mine?…

    I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
    I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

    So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day.
    Since we’re together we might as well say:
    Would you be mine?
    Could you be mine?
    Won’t you be my neighbor?
    Won’t you please,
    Won’t you please?
    Please won’t you be my neighbor?

  21. morning KKA. Feeling any better?

  22. *sings with the kitties*

    *tap dances around the kitchen*

    *collapses in a coughin orgy*

  23. Sohos, yes, a little. Considering I was standing in my bedroom at 4 this morning yelling at God, I suppose I better just be grateful I’m alive! hah…

    ever have one of THOSE nights?

  24. Tea hon, buds are produced on trees in the summer/fall (it’s how they store the sugars/etc. the leaves need in the spring).

    Can’t maple syrup until it gets warm enough during the day (up to 40ish). We’re a little late but not too bad, it’s been friggin’ cold here.

  25. oh yeah…I had some real humbling moments in the hospital.

  26. Won’t you please? Please won’t you be my neighbor?

    Hell no – neighbors are a pain-in-the-ass. “Oh hey, can you do me a favor – cut my grass for me while I’m gone on vacation? I’ll do yours when I get back”. Sure – why not.

    I’m still waiting – bastard, it’s been three freakin’ years.

    Neighbors suck.

  27. well, I’m going to go have coffee. catch up with you later.

  28. Holy Jeebus! This is the Greatest Thread Ever On Teh Innetrubes!

  29. of course it is eddiebear b/c I am here

  30. She’s got a point, eddie.

  31. Tea hon, buds are produced on trees in the summer/fall (it’s how they store the sugars/etc. the leaves need in the spring).

    Um…by bud, I mean to open – as in to flower. Which in maples occurs in late March, early April – by which time, the sap flow has significantly decreased because the freezing/thaw cycle is much too broad and the days are getting longer.

    Secondly, sap is contained within the tree and tapping can also be dependant on the location of shade and exposure to sun light for the cycle to occur. In fact, one side of a tree without SW exposure might not produce any sap while the side facing SW will produce sap and as the days get longer and the sun get higher in the sky, the prime producing season is right after the equinox for a few days, then it slows down to a trickle and eventually disappears.

    Would you like me to go into the partial atmospheric pressures vs internal sap pressure aspect of producing sap for maple syrup? :mrgreen:

  32. Sosho is right.

    Oh, my dad asked me to look after his house this weekend while he and my mom went out of town to tend to some family matters. Well, I noticed his bottle of Maker’s Mark was looking kinda lonely, so I had a sip (or three).

    He just called me to thank me for relieveing him of the strain of keeping top notch liquor in his house, and to “politely” request that I replenish his inventory post haste.

    Damn! I thought I could have gotten away with it.

  33. Um…by bud, I mean to open – as in to flower.

    Yeah, we’re nowhere near that yet. And yeah, I know the science behind the shit, I just can’t find the right friggin’ tree 🙂

  34. I was flipping channels yesterday afternoon, and when I happened on to this:

    http://tinyurl.com/d2bl5a

    and I laughed think that it wasn’t true for at least one person:

    http://tinyurl.com/cxdqsv

  35. Tats, just have the kids tap every tree they pass. Then when they don’t get any syrup tell them its because they did it wrong.

  36. And yeah, I know the science behind the shit, I just can’t find the right friggin’ tree

    Quick tip – all maple trees produce sap suitable for syrup. However a true sugar maple will have bark that appears to be peeling off – meaning that the lower/top edges of the individual bark plates will curl – you can peel the bark vertically. The bark furrows are very deep. If you can get to a twig, it will be brownish with a very sharp bud at the end and not as long as other buds – 1/4 inch at the most.

    The other commercially viable sap tree is the Black Maple which is almost identical to the sugar maple only the furrows in the bark are deeper, but the twigs have little wart type thingies on them.

    The things you learn after 30 years of this huh? :mrgreen:

  37. Hahaha Justin, that’d work.

  38. BiW: You missed one…

    Cock Shot – watch more funny videos
  39. Haha Tea, we don’t have any black maple up here. And I know we’ve got a ton of sugar maple somewhere, I just have to find them again. And if the tree’s big enough to tap all the friggin’ buds are a bazillion feet in the air.

    And white oaks (Quercus albus) have bark that’s very similar to sugar maples. Which is why we end up depending on the alternate vs opposite thing (oaks are alternate, maples are opposite), but again it’s a judgement call. I think we may have better luck down one of our lake trails. We’re going to give that a try later on today, and we’ll take some binocs as well.

  40. I remember as a kid my dad dug a basement under our house. He called for cement and the cement truck broke a branch off one of the maples in the yard. In the spring sap was literally pouring out of it. We collected 5 gallons of sap and made about 1 quart of syrup.
    Never did that again, but I thought it was pretty cool.

  41. barfing pink face

  42. Not for most Hostage men — http://www.flickr.com/photos/kpereira/3379895973/

  43. Tattoo, I added to your post.

    If you don’t like it, let me know and I will punch Teafran in the vajayjay

  44. Haha Tea, we don’t have any black maple up here.

    Really. Hmmm…

    I’ll be danged – SE Minnesota.

    How far North are you?

  45. If you don’t like it, let me know and I will punch Teafran in the vajayjay

    Since when do you need an excuse?

  46. Tattoo, I added to your post.

    That made this post even funnier than it was originally!

    Nice work, man-lesbian.

  47. Tea, I’m an hour west of Duluth. 2/3 of the way up. There might be some around in the area, but I haven’t seen any on campus.

    Rosie, thanks hon. That’s just what the post needed.

  48. That made this post even funnier than it was originally!

    Nice work, man-lesbian.

    You could not get funnier than the original post. I was just trying to tone it down.

    *gives Tattoo a hug*

  49. *gives Tattoo a hug*

    Gives Rosie a sideways hug so he doesn’t get any boob, and eyes him suspiciously. Something tells me he’s trying to butter up for yesterday.

  50. You could not get funnier than the original post.

    You mean funny “ha-ha” …

    http://tinyurl.com/c457gz

    or funny “strange?”

    http://tinyurl.com/cjwuje

  51. If you don’t like it, let me know and I will punch Teafran in the vajayjay

    Um…er…

    Never mind.

  52. http://mightyscrat.livejournal.com/127036.html

    I may not like my in-laws, but this is ridiculous

  53. Tat, are you close to the flooding?

  54. I am so happy…I just took a REAL bath. I kept my bad leg outside the tub but actually got to soak, shave and wash my own hair. Man that was awesome!

  55. That was something Eddie

  56. Not really Vmax. We’ve had some localized stuff in low-lying areas, but the Mississippi isn’t up that high up here.

  57. VMAX:
    yeah.

    And I’m worried about taking my Ruger 22 on the plane to Dallas this weekend

  58. Eddie, it’s no big deal, but make sure you get there early to deal with the check-in procedure. And skip the curbside/kiosk check-in.

  59. Good Tat,
    I figured you might say something if you were, but I am not all that up on Minnesota geography

  60. You know what this post could use? Some pineapples. I’m just saying is all.

  61. http://whythefuckdoyouhaveakid.com/

  62. That’s a big pineapple.

  63. I drove someplace post 9-11 Eddie, and took several of my rifles. Then I flew home.
    Aside from the big bright orange steal me sticker, err, um, firearm sticker they placed on the case. It was a non event. Go to the special check in place drop it off, go to the regular check in. Get your bags, then go to the (I think it was the lost baggage) special pick up area and you are done.

  64. http://whythefuckdoyouhaveakid.com/

    It’s nice to see where the next generation of felons of coming from.

  65. Are you knocking their family values, Rosetta?

  66. That’s a big pineapple.

    Or the world’s smallest man.

  67. Are you knocking their family values, Rosetta?

    Too bad anal sex wasn’t one of their family values.

  68. http://whythefuckdoyouhaveakid.com/

    I weep for the future.

  69. Or the world’s smallest man.

    No one wants to hear about Burl’s penis. Not even him.

  70. Too bad anal sex wasn’t one of their family values.

    Prolly every other night.

  71. Without having read all of the way through to know if anyone asked, what is Tushar doing in front of a giant pineapple?

  72. what is Tushar doing in front of a giant pineapple?

    Tushar? I thought it looked more like Jewstin. As for what he would be doing in front of a giant pineapple, I dare not guess.

  73. ‘Sup, gaywadz???

  74. tubers for goobers

  75. Vicar’s pineapple.

  76. Pineapples aren’t tubers.

  77. LauraW is in a tube top?!??!

  78. “Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
    And tearful at the falling of a star. . .”

  79. “Still there are lions to see. . .”

  80. Damn, this place was teh Aweome until Chief showed up.

    Now it’s just geriatric day at the ballpark

  81. Eddie – Kiss my shriveled ballsack!

  82. *peeks in*

    *hears about ballsacks and pineapples*

    *limps away*

  83. Here ya go Eddie!

  84. Xbrad goes a courting Miss Folly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFGnHax5inA

  85. am i missing something? i didnt see the pineapple/tushy pic where is it?

  86. It’s up in the post Sohos, the guys have been “helping” my post out.

  87. ahhhhhh thanks. I was just refreshing to read comments and not looking at post.

  88. I tend to do the same thing.

  89. SoHoS – How you feeling today??

  90. Summer song!

  91. Chief:
    I don’t kiss shriveled ball sacks. Must be a navy thing

  92. Haven’t heard this in a while.

  93. MCPO?

  94. The mysteries of life….

  95. forged, are you “danny”??

    “I’ve seen and held & played with more scrotums in my time than you’ll EVER see. And I’ve seen them when they are aroused and shagging.
    When your balls seem to lift up towards the dick, they have NOT left the sac. they are still in the enclosed sac skin but now higher up to the penis shaft. this is normal and not a problem.

    If this is your biggest sexual worry – then you’re one damn lucky guy.

    Relax and go with the flow. I don’t care how your balls go up or down, fact is that I love guys’ scrotums.

    And that’s that.”

    danny

  96. Heh, i didn’t see that.

  97. I don’t kiss shriveled ball sacks. Must be a navy thing

    The only people who can make comments like that are Marines.

    We earned the right. :mrgreen:


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