Tree In Creek

October 8, 2008

Please note, that’s a tree IN the creek, not BY the creek.

A few weeks ago we had some windy days.  Apparently one of the trees by the creek gave it up and fell in the water.  We first noticed it when The Farmer was out making the path in the woods.

 I figured it couldn’t have happened too long before we found it, since the leaves were all still green.

When I was out walking this past Monday, I took another picture of the tree.  By then the leaves were pretty well all dying and brown.

The Farmer and I have been wondering what would happen when we got a hard rain. If the tree stayed put, it would catch a lot of debris and water would back up behind it and flood over the road.  It’s not unusual for water to flood over the road, because the county put in two smaller culverts instead of one big one, and the debris catches there and water backs up.

Fortunately for us, that part of the road is past our driveway, so we aren’t really affected.

It started raining yesterday, and by mid-morning today we had 3 1/4 inches of rain in the gauge. When it finally stopped raining long enough for me to go out and do chores (hey! the animals weren’t out of their sheds either!), I took a walk back to see what had happened with the tree.

Obviously, the tree wasn’t heavy enough to withstand the pressure of all that water pushing at it, and gave way.  I thought it might since it wasn’t buried into the ground to help anchor it in place.

And by the way, if you compare the tree stump on the bank in the first picture to this last picture, you can see how high the creek water was!

Name That Tree!

September 1, 2008

It’s not unusual for everything and everyone around here to be a little nuts.  But come this time of year, it’s even nuttier than usual!

We have several huge black walnut trees in our backyard, and they are loaded down with nuts.  Down in the bottom pasture there’s a big old hickory tree, and it too has an abundance of nuts this year.

Hickory Nuts

Hickory Nuts

There’s another big nut tree by the driveway.  I thought at first it was a hickory tree, but the nuts on it don’t look quite the same.

Whatever this tree is, it’s loaded down with nuts!  So…. what is it people????

Now The Farmer and I checked out hickory nut trees yesterday in a book we have called, “Guide to Southern Trees” by the Harrars.  We were surprised to discover there are no less than 15 types of hickory trees, and that pecan trees are actually considered to be a type of hickory.

Also interesting to note is the fact only 3 of the 23 known species of hickories and pecans occur outside the United States, with 1 being in Mexico, and the other 2 native to the Orient.  A truly American group of trees!

So we’ve figured out that both these trees are indeed some kind of hickory, but the question remains, exactly which ones???

Even though in 10th grade we had a project in biology class to identify trees during the winter by their bark and twigs, I’m afraid I’m not very good at it.  So how about you?  To aid in your identification of this tree, I took a picture of the trunk/bark. 

I will be eagerly awaiting to hear from some smart person who can tell me what kind of hickory tree this is!

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