Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pure Florida Puzzler ... meow

'Ju know what this is?
Not many left.

11 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Not sure. It looks like a big old pine.

Misti said...

Longleaf pine?

Elaine W. said...

Cat-face scar on a big old pine. A reminder of the turpentine industry in FL. Look around the base and see if there are and bits of the old pottery hurdy cups. These pines are getting scarce!

Kort said...

I was going to guess a lightening strike, but old Terp farming makes sense too.

R.Powers said...

Yes Elaine,
A catface carved onto a pine for the collection of sap to make turpentine.
I have some of the complete pots from the first piece of real estate I ever bought. They were still hanging on the tree.

Julie Zickefoose said...

This is completely foreign territory to me. Thanks for the edification! You're in a different world, my friend.

lisa said...

Ok, I give up, you tell me.

Marilyn Kircus said...

Thanks for this. Turpentine harvesting was one of the big industries in the Okefenokee Swamp. But these trees are much more susceptible to fire after they lose their bark over the catface. So, as far as I could find out, there were no remaining trees in the National Wildlife Refuge. So at least I can see a tree through your eyes.

robin andrea said...

Very interesting. I had no clue, and I love learning something new!

Eva said...

Thanks for the insight. I was going guess lightning strike as well. I love reading your blog for the small things like this. Keep it up!

SophieMae said...

That is so interesting! My great grand uncle was in the turpentine industry. His name is mentioned in this document:

http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00047910/00117/3j

(Sorry, it's been a while, and I'm not right sure I remember the HTML code for links).