Nuts (and seeds) the Heralds of Winter

Fruit, soft-bodied, must be enjoyed while fresh. While the hard encasing of nuts and seeds means they’ll store for winter. Like these . . .

Mallow seeds

Seeds of the common mallow taste just like peanuts

Acorns

Fruit of the oak. These can actually be eaten but require something like three months of processing to remove the bitter tanins. Yet our ancestors ate them . . . before they discovered the convenience of grain.

Hazel nuts

These hazel nuts aren’t yet ripe. And being pale they’re reflecting the day’s strong sunlight.

Horse Chestnut

Chestnuts . . . but not the edible ones. Within these stubbly husks of the horse chestnut are nuts better known as conkers. Boys fight battles with them.

Large Leaved Lime

The linden tree (though strictly speaking that’s the small leaved lime while this, clearly, is the large-leaved version). In spring when in flower it is heavy with bees collecting pollen. Now, in early autumn, it is heavy with ‘keys’.

Ash Keys

It’s not only the lime heavy with keys. These are of ash, and are slightly more ripe than in the next shot, taken earlier this summer

Ash Keys Unripe

I couldn’t resist the shot, I loved the colours of the young ash keys

Sycamore and Red Admiral

This time of year butterflies seem kinda drowsy allowing this bonus shot. The tree is a sycamore. The butterfly is a red admiral

Field Maple

And the very definite ‘wingedness’ of the field maple’s keys

Hogweed

Since I started with an herb, I’ll finish with one. This is the seed head of hogweed (featured previously in ‘Rhapsody in Pink’), a humble plant much beloved by rabbits.

My next photo-blog will very likely feature cliffs, and the sea. I’m away on a holiday, though nowhere exotic, just a different patch of Norfolk to walk.

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After years as a multi-colour octopus in entertainment, now chilling and writing
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8 Responses to Nuts (and seeds) the Heralds of Winter

  1. Brian Bixby says:

    But every place is exotic, if you haven’t been there!

    • crimsonprose says:

      And I shall make it seem ‘exotic’ . . . when I have finished transferring the 600+ photos to the laptop for editing. (No, I shall not use all of them 🙂 )

      • Brian Bixby says:

        E.J. also took about as many photos, although many of them are either architectural details or pictures of furnished rooms in period styles that she wants as references for her current graphic novel project. So not that many are typical tourist photos.

      • crimsonprose says:

        Currently ploughing through them and higher % seem to be of the gull-dotted shore, and loads of heavy skies/ But also, like EJ’s, architectural studies, particularly churches. Oh, and I came across Norfolk’s answer to the Bayeux tapestry. I’ll email it later; not to be used on blog as it might infringe copyright. Oh yes, and I found some excellent examples of various fungi!

      • Brian Bixby says:

        E-mail received and to be read today, though I must also spend time helping E.J. prepare for “24-hour Comic Book Day,” in which comic book creators sit down and try to write and draw a comic book in 24 hours straight, noon to noon.

      • crimsonprose says:

        Wow! Wish her luck from me.

  2. Judy says:

    WOw more great plants. The colors of the first image really drew me in.

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