Monday, June 8, 2009

Seeds of discovery

I was tidying up the yard the other day. Branches had blown off some trees and scattered all over. Usually these branches are dead, but this one still had leaves on it. I started cutting it up into smaller pieces.

My mind was miles away. I was thinking about whether or not to get some planting in before lunch, when I noticed these tiny bumps on the branches.

Those are funny-looking lumps, I wonder if the tree is sick....
Wait a minute, those funny-looking lumps look like.... baby acorns! This tree isn't sick....it's pregnant!
Here's a closer look.



So that's how acorns are made! As you can see, there are lots and lots of teeny, tiny acorns on each branch. The oak leaves (they look wilted in the pic) are on the tips of the branches. They must reach up towards the sunlight for nourishment to feed their babies. Or to protect them from the strong rays of the sun.

We have plenty of oak trees in our yard and that means an abundance of acorns. They don't show up until late summer or early fall. But at this time of year, I don't give them a thought. Anyway, the trees are so high, I've never had the opportunity to observe baby acorns in the making.

I was thrilled with this discovery, so I shared it with Hubby. Don't know why we've never noticed this before.

27 comments:

Cloudhands said...

How curious. I will have to get my binoculars out and check our oak trees. I never really thought about how the acorns develop. Thanks for the lesson on being observant.

Wendy said...

Hi Cloudhands, sometimes good things just drop in your lap. Hope you find some good things too!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Isn't it fun to make a discovery like that? It makes you look at and appreciate those things around us that we take for granted.

Mary said...

Wendy, I'm still learning something new every day - in my sixth decade.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Wendy.... We have lots of oaks and other trees that produce acorns/nuts... Last fall our mast crop was HUGE.. The squirrels and chipmunks have had plenty to eat!!!!!

Great pictures of your acorns.

Hugs,
Betsy

Celia said...

Wendy I had absolutely no idea that's how they made little acorns, I can hardly wait to show this to my grandkids and hubby. What a great discovery.

Maggie May said...

Its strange the things that we take for granted without really understanding about the way they are made.
We just look up and see acorns and know when they will be there at a certain time of the year.
However, this is a real lesson on just how they form.
GREAT!

Abba's Girl said...

We see things daily, but somewhere along the way we really quit seeing...

Have a blessed week.

Shammickite said...

How fascinating... isn't it fun to make a discovery like that! Something you never thought about before and suddenly all is revealed. I'll have to have a closer look at the next oak tree I come across. In the fall there are often oak leaves blowing in my back yard but I don't know where the tree is. I'll have to inspect my neighbour's yard more closely.

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
I love the way you are mindful...one with the tree and the acorns. Thank you for opening my eyes...I am awake now,
ready to watch acorns grow!
Namaste,
Sherry

Grammy said...

What a wonderful discovery you made, Wendy. It is so much fun to see new things to add to our knowledge.

Allie said...

That's so cool! I'm so glad you posted that. It's great to see things you don't usually notice.

Kanak Hagjer said...

I agree with the others' comments about making a discovery like that. How wonderful to notice something you'd not realised before!

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy...so interesting...isn't it amazing what we discover in our own back garden....

I need to take a look at my oak trees now....fascinating....

Mark said...

It is wonderful to discover what was always there for us to see. Thanks for sharing.

Mimi said...

oooh how fun! I love learning and discovering in my own backyard!

peppylady said...

Sound like a great discovery. We have acorn here but I like the bush ones easier to pick.

Coffee is on.

Wendy said...

Wowie - thanks everyone for your nice comments. I wasn't even going to post this. Thought it was just too ordinary. But I'm glad I did.
It does make me wonder - why now? Why now do I notice baby acorns and not let's say, 5 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years from now? Who knows? Maybe there are more babies on the way?? (grandkids, I mean).

maidenshade said...

What a brilliant post! Wendy, you are an angel to come visit me re: Muffin. Thank you very much.

I'll come back when I can visit longer, time to eat.

xJ
MaidenShade.wordpress.com

maidenshade said...

What a brilliant post! Wendy, you are an angel to come visit me re: Muffin. Thank you very much.

I'll come back when I can visit longer, time to eat.

xJ
MaidenShade.wordpress.com

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

How very fascinating! Nature is truly a miracle in motion.
The pix of the grand kiddies below are precious! I can't help but to post about mine too. : )

Ruth said...

I have never noticed acorns except when they were on the ground. Oak trees are generally so tall. Very interesting...

Beverly said...

Hi, Wendy,
That's really neat! I guess I never thought about how acorns grew.

amelia said...

We don't have oaks here, I don't know why, maybe it's too cold? We had lots when I lived in England but not once did I think about how they grew, I always saw them on the ground and didn't give it any more thought!!

Rose said...

I've never seen this before either, Wendy! You are lucky to have so many oak trees in your yard; they are my favorite. We had so many acorns last year that I'm wondering if there will be as many this year. I don't think I'll be climbing up into the tree to find any babies, though:)

Rambling Woods said...

This would make a lovely Nature Notes meme post...I had never seen this before.....
Michelle From Rambling Woods

Florida Sue said...

Hi Wendy! Are things are going well? I appreciate all of your comments and I am always waiting for your next post. Hope your hubby is maintaining my friend. Look after yourself,

XO Sue.