So yesterday’s post was “Windy, eh”. However, it is even windier today! So I should have saved the title for today. LOL. We did get a half inch overnight. Certainly nothing to complain about here. Our maximum wind speed was 30 mph.
A beautiful Bur Oak leaf got stuck on the Garden Spider egg case webbing!
Since it was only a half inch of rain last night, the ground cracks have not swelled shut. Neither of our ponds got any water in them. Apparently it was all suck up by plants and the soil!
There were many more leaves on the ground this morning. And the green ones make for a colorful sight.
The horse apples were plentiful too! The horse apple is a fruit of the Bois D’arc ( Maclura pomifera). The tree goes by many names. Examples are Horse-apple, Osage-orange, Naranjo Chino (Spanish name), Bow-wood, and Hedge-apple. The Osage people lived in the area where the tree is found thus one of the common names. The tree is native to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The tree also was a source for making the finest bows.
Colors of the horse apple are so nice!
According to first hand knowledge from Kathy S., her horse loved them too. In fact, she told me her horse, Magic use to wait for them to fall from the tree.
Squirrels do like to eat them too!
An awfully pretty green!
Sometimes the horse apples have these black hairs.
I think a feast was had here at the base of the tree!
The wood is extremely hard! It can quickly dull a chainsaw. Thus it was used for fence posts, furniture, and woodturnings. A friend once did a woodturning using the wood. The wood literally had an orange glow. So beautiful!
Many creatures utilize the tree. The Hagen’s Sphinx ( Ceratomia hageni) to name one. I have not seen one this season. However many species of insects feed on the leaves and sap. It is not uncommon for me to see Hackberry Emperors feeding on the sap that oozes out.
The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.