Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ordinary Treasures--maple syrup crystals

Every once in a while I find an ordinary thing that happens everyday but strikes me as wondrous. I found one of these recently in a jar of maple syrup in my refrigerator--large sugar crystals.  I know I can melt these back down, but I think I will just admire them instead.

Maple sugar crystals. They are about 1/2" high and about 1" long.

What everyday wondrous thing have you noticed recently?

And now for the rest of the story.

--The maple syrup that I found these in was some that my father made. There was a lot of work that went into that endeavor starting with tapping the trees. For me, that makes them even more special.

--Also, I had a crystallography class in college, and I exercised some very rusty parts of my brain trying to classify them in the right system, etc.