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Here is the thing. There was a bumper crop of acorns the previous fall. No one thought much of it at the time--some years there are many, some years few. But then spring came, and those acorns all sprouted and grew, sure and strong. They linked their seedling arms, their sapling arms, as they reached for the sun. The roadsides disappeared, then the roads. Houses and towns were swallowed up, in just one season.

You have to be careful with acorns. Out of little acorns mighty oaks do grow.

Bur Oak Seedling
Photo: Bur oak seedling by Todd Dwyer on Flickr


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Mar. 30th, 2016 07:13 pm (UTC)
I think they're lovely. :)
Mar. 31st, 2016 02:52 am (UTC)
They are wonderful, yes!
Mar. 30th, 2016 07:58 pm (UTC)
The roadsides disappeared, then the roads. Houses and towns were swallowed up, in just one season.

Mar. 31st, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
I saw some acorns on my walk this morning.
Mar. 30th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
That's really cool.

I wonder how the pumpkin seeds along the woodland trails will do. Or do pumpkins require a lot of sunlight?
Mar. 31st, 2016 02:55 am (UTC)
I think they do require a lot of sunlight. I've had them sprout in my compost bin, and I've always transplanted them (the compost bin is at the edge of the woods).
Mar. 30th, 2016 08:52 pm (UTC)
Little Acorns
In New Hampshire, a bumper crop of acorns also increases turkey flock size and the number of tree rodents. This causes an increase in the coyote population.
My leaf piles along the lawn/woods perimeter has had many a happy critter living on the acorns that were simultaneously raked with the leaves.
Mar. 31st, 2016 02:57 am (UTC)
Re: Little Acorns
The thought of raking up little critters along with leaves and acorns makes me smile.

This morning I heard something small rustling in the leaves, and when I looked, it was a little vole.
Mar. 30th, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
Beautifully written.
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isa. 61:3
Some translations say oaks of righteousness.
Mar. 31st, 2016 02:57 am (UTC)
The world could use more oaks of righteousness.
Mar. 30th, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
What a lovely closeup! I am always heartened at the idea of More Trees.
Mar. 31st, 2016 02:58 am (UTC)
And there are people out there who plant them, who work to reclaim barren land with them. Wonderful work.
Mar. 31st, 2016 03:42 am (UTC)
Better than zombies, I guess.
Apr. 3rd, 2016 11:11 am (UTC)
Oh definitely. I'd much rather succumb to oaks.
Mar. 31st, 2016 08:12 am (UTC)
Acorns are like slow motion hand grenades. If you take your eye off them they can explode in decades...
Apr. 3rd, 2016 11:15 am (UTC)
I love this idea. You've got me thinking of explosions of different speeds. The expansion of humanity from its origins in Africa. Starlings in the United States, which started off as 100 birds in New York City. Friendship bracelets (or whatever fashion accessory you choose) at a given school.
Mar. 31st, 2016 11:35 am (UTC)
The background looks purple.
Apr. 3rd, 2016 11:17 am (UTC)
It does! The contrast with the new green really shows it.
Mar. 31st, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
I used often, in the 1980s and1990s, to encounter people with environmental interests who were Sure We'f Passed the Point of No Return from Utter Disaster, and who knew I was frivolous. But my feeling was that they hadn't walked along enough disused railway tracks.

And also that if indeed Hell is now coming in a handbasket regardless of what we do there's no point in restraint.

Go, oaks!
Apr. 3rd, 2016 11:28 am (UTC)
I wonder about people who would think you frivolous. On the contrary, I think anyone who truly and deeply believes we've passed the point of no return must either live in a state of perpetual despair or resignation (which is a terrible mental state to be in, and one that renders their judgment regarding other people dubious), or else must not be thinking too deeply about the meaning of what they're saying, in which case, I'd say they're the ones who are frivolous.

I don't know if I agree that if Hell were coming in a handbasket there'd be no point in restraint, though, or even that that's the conclusion other people would reach. I think it probably depends on the degree of the Hell and how immediately its arrival is predicted. Some people seem likely to give in to the no-restraint impulse pretty easily, whereas others seem unlikely ever to.
Apr. 3rd, 2016 05:19 pm (UTC)
Well, of course you're right, even from the perspective of material results-- if restraint can delay the Inevitable Coming Sterility of the Earth* it may still be quite worthwhile.

And from a perspective that's about the wellbeing of an individual's own person, all parts, of course restraint and responsibility even as the world collapses, or explodes, desicates or swept away, may be profoundly the right choice.

* If that's what was Now Supposed to be Inevitable. I'm not quite sure wat these dudes had in mind, in fact!
Mar. 31st, 2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, those perfect small oak leaves.

Apr. 3rd, 2016 11:28 am (UTC)
Aren't they? Baby things are always so marvelous.
Apr. 2nd, 2016 08:06 am (UTC)
'Ray for Mother Nature!!

Hip hip 'ray!
Apr. 3rd, 2016 11:30 am (UTC)
Yes indeed ^_^

Unrelatedly, I saw a really funny Youtube video that made me think of you, for its setting: on an oil extraction support services ship: the crew lip-syncs "Africa"
Apr. 4th, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)
Like a slow-motion version of the story about 'Letting in the Jungle', where only a dimpled mound remains where the village was - or like the part in Wind in the Willows about Badger's house, burrowed in amongst the remnants of the Roman villa:
"all down, down, down, gradually — ruin and levelling and disappearance. Then it was all up, up, up, gradually, as seeds grew to saplings, and saplings to forest trees..."
Apr. 6th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yes! Like that.
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