I have a thing for resins. Copal, Myrrh, Frankincense. If I'm near an outdoor fire, I need to have some resins to toss in to it. I have an affinity for all sorts of incense-y stuff. I like the idea of incense smoke taking prayers up and into the air, out and into the area around, cleansing and healing. Sage and sweetgrass, cedar and pine. I love all aromatic biotic material.
On a walk into the woods we headed towards what we thought was just an ordinary burl. It turned out to be a natural store of amber. In all the years we've been out in these Wisconsin woods, I never realized that we had our own stash of natural resin. Of course I started chipping away.
I haven't had the heart to burn this amber yet. It is just so incredibly beautiful. I may just wait until I check the tree again to see if more is available. Time for another trek into the woods.