Today's Wonder of the World is...the Fig! And the Fig Tree!
Flickr photo by sonicwalker
Oh, you beautiful fig. There is just something...sensual about you. (Can I say that? I shall!)
I love to look at you in all your swollen loveliness.
Stay just like that, would you please?
I want to remember you just as you are, not sliced open with all your sweet juicy guts hanging out.
Flickr photo by yoshiko314
Yummy, yes, but not so appetizing to the eyes. You remind me of road kill. Or of something an alien started to dissect and eat and then got bored.
No, Fig, I will imagine you whole, naked, just plucked off the tree.
Or maybe stuffed with goat cheese and pecans, wrapped in bacon, and broiled in my oven.
(Sorry pigs, but everything is better wrapped in bacon.)
My, my, it's getting hot in here.
You out there in Blogland, are you similarly taken with the fig?
Have you tried them minus the newton?
Flickr photo by Logan Reil
Although they're not bad like that either! Even one at a time!
I've been thinking about figs because Farmer Ramsey, the love of my life, planted a little fig tree a couple of years ago against the side of our house.
It's grown since then!
Fig trees are AMAZING!
Have you ever seen an old one, its roots bulging out of the ground, snaking and looping around?
Flickr photo by Matt (mistergoleta)
Don't stand too close to a strangler fig. It just might overtake you!
Flickr photo by kozyndan
In a flash, figs would start popping out of your armpits and behind your ears and in other embarrassing places.
Not really. But I like thinking about that anyway.
Fig leaves are nice and big, and would be great for covering things.
Like my reading glasses there. And Adam and Eve's privates.
Here's a close-up of some figs approaching puberty.
And here's a close up of a nut-case chemistry student, post puberty, I think. Maybe not.
(No offense, nut-case, but I think you've eaten too many fig newtons!)
Flickr photo by ajamer
Sorry, but I can't help but put on my Chemistry teacher hat for just a sec. Class, can anyone tell me what the fig newtons symbolize in his diagram? Extra points if you know what molecule he's made!
And now, over in our biology corner, here's a freaky fig fact for you:
The fruit of the fig is not really a fruit at all! More accurately, it's a flower--in fact there are many flowers in one fig! Remember the fig guts? Those tiny pink fleshy things are individual flowers!
Flickr photo by dadadreams.
Thanks, Michelle! Your collages are so much fun!
Have a wonder-full Tuesday, everyone!
Feel like dancing? Stop by here to do the Big Fig Newton!