The Mysterious Water-Dripping Tree Frond

Apr 26, 2013 by

At around 9.30 PM last night, the household was shaken by the discovery that they have made at the garden. Having lived in this 110 year-old house for quite some time now, it has always been a constant thing to have some unusual experiences that do not resign to clarifications/logical explanations. I am a believer of the unseen, so sue me.

Going back to last night, everyone in the house stood by the kitchen veranda with flashlights pointed to one direction: the palm tree below the garden. With clear weather on top of our heads, it was dry and humid except for one odd thing. The palm tree’s frond (paklang) was dripping with water. What’s even odder about it was that there was only one particular frond that was dripping with water while the rest remained dry and well, calm.

The wet and dry section of the palm in the garden.

The wet and dry section of the palm in the garden.

We were looking for clues in our attempt to explain the weird phenomenon. The plants right below that frond were completely wet as if it was getting water from the rain. We checked the trunk and one side was also wet. One of the helpers thought the palm tree must be right on top of a leaking pipe. But everyone argued that the tree trunk couldn’t transport flowing water and leak out to just one particular frond. We searched around. Nothing. Tita Pat suggested we all pray the rosary. Kevin asked Victoria to collect some of the water by holding up a basin until it has substantial volume. The collected water was then put into a drinking glass, sealed, and was placed at the altar. Tita Cynthia mentioned about calling a local healer to examine it and Kevin also thought about inviting a botanist over to analyze the situation from a scientific perspective. It was quite a discussion, really.

Close up examination of the dripping tree frond.

Close up examination of the dripping tree frond.

 

This is how dry the other fronds are.

This is how dry the other fronds are.

The plants below the dripping frond.

The plants below the dripping frond.

 

This morning at around 5.15 AM, our running buddies Honey, Roy, Resy and Jun were all invited to see the mysterious event at the garden. Jun mentioned having goosebumps, while Resy shivers at the sight. Honey said we should call the media as this might be another Judiel Nieva event.

The discussion continued until much later when we were having our morning coffee at Madge in Lapaz Market after the run. We agreed that we should call Prof Nera Katalbas, being a botanist and Nong Porting on the more non-traditional approach. Then we went home.

With the sun lighting up the area of the mysterious tree frond, we were offered a solution to the mystery. Indeed, the sun does wonders. And yes, the joke was so totally on us.

And the solution to our mysterious tree is this.

And the solution to our mysterious tree is this.

Nan. Don't just a tree by its water.

Nan. Don’t just a tree by its water.

 

 

1 Comment

  1. A twist of all twists! Hahaha! Epic!

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