Burr

Yes, it was cold again. The ice crunched beneath my feet as I hoped no cars would pass me on the narrow, frozen road. I took my gloves off for two minutes in order to snap a photo, and they hurt terribly by the time I was done. Still, my post today isn’t about the chill. It’s about the image I was photographing: a bump on a tree.

A burl on a tree (with grapevine hanging in background).
A burl on a tree (with grapevine hanging in background).
A burl on a tree.
A burl on a tree.

I’ve always called these burrs, but I have since found out that the proper word is burl. Either way you say it, the lump is relatively harmless. Like most moles on the human body, this cellular growth is NOT detrimental to the tree. And if you’ve ever bought a spectacularly grained, hand-crafted bowl from a wood worker, one of these has been in your possession.

Tree bumps or goosebumps — brrr, burr, or burl — the sound poured from my lips easily today.

How about you?

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