The affected twig starts off with a 360-degree contortion reminiscent of a pig's tail:
Having finally decided the direction in which it wishes to grow, it then heads off in a pattern that sees it gradually transform from cylindrical to ribbon-like, and increasing in diameter:
Somehow the twig still manages to produce flower buds:
So far, the twig is about 2 feet long, but presumably it is continuing to grow. I wonder how wide it will get?
In order to take my photos without looking up into the sun I had to take the kitchen step-ladder outside. This enabled me to see aspects of the cherry tree that I don't normally see, like this tiny "moss garden" nestling in the crook of a branch:
I think this is amply demonstrates the idea that if you only look at something from a distance you usually see just one thing, but when you look closer you see lots of other things as well!