Edited by Dawa Sobel
First it falls under my feet. There is no wind, no squirrels or birds to push it. A green green pine cone with brown accents with a sealed overlapped spiral round diamond structure. I have to restrain myself. I see here I stay. Concentrated aromatic hydrocarbons. It’s important to put it on the plate and check the name of the cone on the Internet. The name of the part is important. Even though my last name has changed three times, I learned that I have a female cone. The plate is scaly and each has two types Bracts or seeds. I think I see the seed scales forming close fitting. Each scale in its center begins to slowly ooze a tiny drop of pitch. A spiral of spherical diamonds. Now I know it’s pitch and not sap because it’s damn it. I can’t take it off my fingers. We have entered the world of science, the world of processing words and the world of things that are planted, manufactured, and sold. The sap is not pitch, not resin-resin, rosin, turpentine and pine tar. What is it for? Phosphorus is not what Lants is for us. We see that the water-based sap transfers the molecule A from the B site to the C site of the internal tree. Asphalt is an organic soup, which is in the pipe near the bark. Move, prepare to flow out when the bark or wood is damaged. Use some force to push out the insects and seal in time to form a solid resin odor to repel insects that may enter the damage or attract other insects. We think we humans make things complicated. My damn chemist can’t Stop wondering what smell is what makes things sticky. It is a terpene oligomer of isoprene, with proper names, monoterpenoids such as pinene and diterpenoid resin acids such as rosin acid, which gently oozes out maybe small pitch The ball is a survival strategy that can be pollinated by any pollen of the male cones, which may leave hope in vain. There is no male in the wrong season and the premature cones start to darken to brown and wait to dissipate.
Don’t let me start studying acorns.
This article was originally published in Scientific American on 325, March, 23 (September 2021), with the title “sap pitch and resin”