Do you have the gall to look at these images?

Sunrise: 08.17 Sunset: 04.13

There is not a lot catching my eye at the moment. I’m seeing only dark greens and browns.


Oak Gall.


Oak Gall.


Oak Gall.


2 Comments on “Do you have the gall to look at these images?

  1. I have been thinking that the gall might be the egg that Pliny was talking about in relation to the Druids egg.

    According to Pliny’s Natural History, XXIX.52.:

    “There is also another kind of egg, of much renown in the Gallic provinces, but ignored by the Greeks. In the summer, numberless snakes entwine themselves into a ball, held together by a secretion from their bodies and by their spittle. this is called anguinum. The Druids say that hissing serpents throw this up into the air, and that it must be caught in a cloak, and not allowed to touch the ground; and that one must instantly take flight on horse-back, as the serpents will pursue until some stream cuts them out. It may be tested, they say, by seeing if it flaots against the current of a river, even though it be set in gold. But as it is the way of magicians to cast a cunning veil about their frauds, they pretend that these eggs can only be taken on a certain day of the moon, as though it rested with mankind to make the moon and the serpents accord as to the moment of the operation. I myself, however, have seen one of these eggs; it was round, and about as large as a smallish apple; the shell was cartalaginous, and pocked like the arms of a polypus.”

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