68 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

    • Hi apronheadlilly!
      Thank you so much for stopping in to see my photo. I appreciate your feedback and yes!!! you are right!! It is the American sweet gum tree. Thank you so much cause I would have never known. The tree is planted in the grassy area of a nearby shopping mall. It is still a very young tree. I managed to find pictures of a mature one and its fruit (shame on me for calling it ‘spikey thing’). It looks like a lot of readers knew its name. A few have seen the tree before but didn’t know its name so they were able to learn along with me. So I reallly appreciate you and others for taking the time to stop and leave a comment. In case others would like to see photos of the tree and its fruit in summer, here is the site http://dcwi.com/~bmills/trees/WitchHazel/Sweetgum/Sweetgum/index.htm I actually found this site to be helpful in identifying the trees in the North American Central region.

      Again thank you so much!!! :-)

    • Yes it does!! I was intrigued by one that had fallen to the ground so naturally I looked up and saw a few that were still holding on. Please see my comment above where I left a site address that shows more photos of the American sweet gum tree. Thanks for stopping by to see my photo. :-)

    • Yep, you’re absolutely right, Anne. I really have some smart readers. :-)
      Thanks for stopping by to see my photo. I love your awesome photo entry. I like the way the elements play off each other. Love the colors. It’s really a great photo. So cool!!! :-)

  1. My stronger leaning is to the sweet gum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua). The sycamore has similar fruit but… anyway, great choice. :-)

    • Lean on, my Friend, cause you’re right, also. Thank you so much for helping me and my readers get educated today. I’m always inspired by your posts, quotes, and really enjoy looking at your photos. You came up with some great ‘unusual’ ones. I appreciate your visit and the pingback. :-)

  2. I’m new to Canada and have seen these around this winter. I didn’t know what they were either, but I do now. Isn’t this community great. You get to learn something new everyday, and get to see and take great photos. thanks for the share.

    • Hi newpillowbook!! I didn’t notice the bark when I was near it. I saw the fruit on the ground and looked up and saw a few still hanging on the branches. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s at a nearby mall. I plan to take more pictures as new leaves and fruit come out. Some of my readers suggested sweet gum tree and after seeing some pictures, I’m inclined to agree. The site is http://dcwi.com/~bmills/trees/WitchHazel/Sweetgum/Sweetgum/index.htm has great photos.
      I enjoyed looking at your ‘unusual’ photo. This ‘unusal’ challenge has been a cool learning experience. Thanks so much for looking at my photo and leaving your helpful comment. :-)

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  14. have seen these trees all my life, and never knew what they were either. i looked up ‘sweet gum tree’ at wikipedia, and there they are. i learned something new. thanks everyone!
    and thanks for sharing, changeversations.

  15. Those “hanging things” are definitely “gum balls” from the Sweet Gum Tree. Those trees are gorgeous when in full leaf, but each year, they drop their “gum balls” all over the place. They can be a terrible mess to have to clean up. Just depends on whether the beauty is worth it. Really great picture though!

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  32. The way that lower branches curls up beneath the two gumballs, it looks like a smiley face. This would have been a great entry for contrast also.

  33. Outstanding read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little investigation on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I discovered it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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