Posts Tagged 'trees'

Acer Color

Is that spotting something amiss? (Well, not amiss if you’re a fungus.)

Trump’s corporate puppet on the FCC is trying to end net neutrality, a disaster for democracy. So it’s “break the internet” in protest in advance of Thursday’s vote. Once again, I’d rather join people in the streets, but until then…


The sound of a single leaf
scrape-skittering across the road,

Or the sound of hundreds,
dry susurrations and crinkly waves,
crumpling beneath the feet,
parting before the bow of the shins:

I’ll take both those paths.

Oak Wilt, Damn It

Word around the corner on the avenue, although of course it should also be in Spanish (as here) and Cantonese.

Greenwood Heights is located some twenty blocks away, tucked around Green-Wood Cemetery. There are plenty of oaks in Green-Wood, where the disease may have first been noted, as well as on the street. Here’s a relatively recent street tree planting showing that this fall hasn’t been a total wash:

Hickory Harvest

Carya cordiformis, Bitternut. A rich fall.
Bitter they may be, but somebody likes ’em.They are very thinly husked.

Hickory Wind

Incoming! The hickory nuts were falling the other day. The big ones and the little ones. This is a Bitternut (Carya cordiformis), at least according to its label, and the nuts, the smallest below, certainly look right for the species. These ricocheted and caromed off branches as they fell, a subtle drumming (I mean, for drumming). The bigger nuts thudded down, smacking an occasional lower branch on the way before they thumped the ground. I certainly did not stand under that hard rain. A beaning there would have smarted.

I’m having trouble with the identification of these big ones, however. Mockernut (C. tomentosa) in the middle, I think. I want to say Shagbark (C. ovata) or Shellbark (C. laciniosa) for the top specimens, but the bark was not characteristic of those shaggy types.


Well, they fell, but they were the wrong color. The long lasting warmth seems to have kept many of the leaves going. Then a cold snap came. Ginkgo leaves usually turn a gorgeous yellow in the fall. Sassafras leaves should range from yellow to bright red.

Sure, plenty of leaves have turned, but boy, this new normal weird is weird.

Not so abnormal, unfortunately, is the male plague. We hear a lot of excuses coming from predators, like golly-gee, I had no idea masturbating in front of a co-worker was inappropriate. Welcome to the myth of the male bumbler.

This is just to say

I have eaten
the persimmon
that was
on the ground

and which
you were probably
for the opossum

Forgive me
it was delicious
so sweet
and so cold

(with apologies to William Carlos Williams)
Diospyros virginiana. Said in most accounts to only be palatable after the first frost. Well, it got cold. And, oh, my Darwin, it was incredible, the best I’ve ever tasted, as cold, rich, and sweet as ice-cream.


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