|Exactly how the acorns fell|
|Playful squirrels in October 2009|
This year's crop of acorns, however, is largely due the oak tree itself dropping its seeds. I know that this is a natural process--but still... and why in August? Is this a natural cyclical event--heavier one year than the next--that we just haven't noticed previously because we are often gone in August? Is the drought playing a role? Is the tree failing?
I don't have the answers; I still searching for some. Meanwhile, I may have to start wearing a hardhat whenever I work in the yard under the tree.
Have you noticed differences with your yard, or outdoors? Is fall coming earlier where you are? I am hoping that we have a "normal" winter here and that our oak tree remains green and beautiful, but then we all know that climate change is upon us.