Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tree resin

Nature's own acrylic, a glob of hardened resin from one of the breu trees. There a lot of resin producing trees at Bosque Santa Lucia, but this sample came from a collector, who commercializes the product for caulking canoes and boats. The genus is Protium, but I don't know the species. There are some breu trees which produce resin of the color seen in the attached image. There are others which produce black resin.

2 comments:

Sandpiper said...

Very interesting! I enjoyed seeing your insect pictures below, too. You caught some good detail in your photos. The dung beetles are fascinating creatures in a yucky kind of way. :-D They have them in Africa - lots of elephant dung there. I don't think I would want to meet up with the giant beetle.

adrian2514 said...

Hey! Thanks for the great info about tree resin. I love learning about different rock structures. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and earthlab.com. I especially like EarthLab.com’s carbon calculator (http://www.earthlab.com/signupprofile/). I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).