Dateline: 12 March 2016 AD
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I took 28 pictures before I finally got the one above, showing a single drop of maple sap just before it falls off the end of the spile.
I love the pinging sound the drops make when they hit the bottom of an empty sap bucket. So I checked YouTube to see if someone has thought to record the sound, and I found This Video.
It was kind of shocking to see a galvanized pipe being used for a sap spile in that video. Please don't do that if you ever tap a tree. Get some stainless steel spiles. They will last you a lifetime if you take care of them, and they inflict much less trauma on a tree than a galvanized pipe.
It's been awhile since I posted here. Life is just plain busy. But all is well in my neck of the woods, and I hope the same is true for you.