Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sap Tap, Photo Of The Day July 4

Sap is the blood of a tree, without it they cannot live. The effects of the pine beetle infestation that swept through British Columbia in the last 5 years can easily be seen, if you leave the lower Fraser Valley and head into the interior regions of the province. The beetles larva eats the sap from older pine trees, which make up a large number of the trees in the province, causing the trees to die. Although this pine tree did not appear to suffer from a pine beetle infestation, there were no holes 5 feet from the bottom of the tree, it was likely cut down because it had been knocked over by trees that had. I photographed this fallen tree while visiting one of the areas effected by the pine beetle over the Canada Day long weekend.