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multiracial acorns

I love the colors that acorns come in. Also, I just like acorns. I pick up one, and then I say, "Oh, and this one. Oh, this one too. Oh that one there! Gotta have that, too." I enjoy this as much now as I did when I was six with my grandmother.

And this is a great year for acorns--as for apples, as for hickory nuts. I think the fruiting trees are anxious to reproduce; I think last year's winter made them consider their mortality or something. Anyway, the apple trees are bowed down with apples, and acorns are lining the roadside.



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Sep. 22nd, 2015 02:32 pm (UTC)
Kate grabbed a bunch of beech nuts from the cemetery we visited on Sunday. The pods were all open. I wonder what the hickory trees near my dad's house must be doing.
Sep. 22nd, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
Dropping massive amounts of hickory nuts would be my guess!

Did you eat the beech nuts?
Sep. 22nd, 2015 03:13 pm (UTC)
I don't, but they seem far more easily edible than hickory or acorns. My grandmother used to save them in the shed, but never did anything with them, so the mice always got them.
Sep. 22nd, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
Those are beautiful. Do you ever decorate with them?

I miss acorns, though there are some areas around here with oak trees. Just not my area. I also miss hickory nuts. When I was growing up, some of the trees I remember most from our yard were the oak, the hickory nut, the walnut, the dogwood, and one lovely flowering tree that I can't remember the name of.
Sep. 22nd, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
I never have, but I was thinking of painting faces on these ones.

You remember lots of your trees ♥
Sep. 22nd, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
I am looking forward to tasty apples when I get back east!
Sep. 22nd, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh yes :-)
Sep. 22nd, 2015 06:00 pm (UTC)
It's a good year for acorns here, too. At Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden they were so thick on the dry gravel path that they acted like ball bearings and made both of us skid and nearly fall down.

At Afton State Park the asphalt path was scattered thickly with huge green acorns under gray-green caps; there had been a storm the day before, so maybe those came down before they were ready, or maybe they are just green anyway.

Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think the green ones are ones that come down before they're ripe. If I get a chance, I want to take a picture of the bounty of them all on the ground--not so many, fortunately, as to have the ball-bearing effect: that's amusing to read about but must be alarming to experience.
Sep. 23rd, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
Once you know they're there you can shuffle them aside with the toe of your shoe. These were partly covered with fallen leaves and twigs from a recent storm, so it was a real oak surprise. I felt the trees were laughing quietly.

Sep. 22nd, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)

So after a long, harsh, lonely winter, Frank/Fran the Anyone's guess apple tree (not granny smith) was feeling extra frisky this summer.
Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:46 pm (UTC)
So after a long, harsh, lonely winter, Frank/Fran the Anyone's guess apple tree (not granny smith) was feeling extra frisky this summer.

Sep. 23rd, 2015 10:07 am (UTC)
I like the varied shades of brown in that photo. I haven't seen a real acorn in years, although I remember seeing them when I was growing up. I assume they must grow in Sydney, so maybe they're just not common where I live...
Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
They must all be imports, I guess?

ETA: to clarify--what I meant was, there isn't a native species of oak, presumably. (I understand that by now there have been oak trees that were grown from seeds from other Australian oaks!)

Edited at 2015-09-23 12:48 pm (UTC)
Sep. 23rd, 2015 07:35 pm (UTC)
That's right. You do see timber here called "Tasmanian Oak", but it's actually from a type of eucalyptus.
Sep. 23rd, 2015 02:14 pm (UTC)
Chun Woo finally perfected the art of using an acorn cap as a whistle, this year.
Sep. 28th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
Go Chun Woo! My kids used to hollow out the acorn itself and blow across that.
Sep. 28th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
oh, I'll have to tell him!
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