Red -- Only female American Holly trees grow the iconic red berries in the winter. Male trees, always nearby, lack them.
Along the barrier islands of North Carolina, storms regularly inundate the shoreline, undercutting and killing trees, which then fall into the sound. The actual shore shifts back and forth as erosion takes its toll. In some areas, fewer and fewer trees remain, as high water has become common enough that they can't get a foothold.
Quick show of hands, who has ever picked a pawpaw? Did you know you could? I mean, Baloo, the bear, sings about them in Disney's adaptation of The Jungle Book, but have you ever stopped to think about just what it is he's talking about? In the tropics, a pawpaw is a papaya - the…Read more When You Pick a Pawpaw…
Nature isn't easy - this limb was wracked by wind and weather (including ice) high on a mountain in the central Appalachian mountains. It's a testament to strength and flexibility. This is posted in response to the Daily Post's Weekly Photo Challenge - "Twisted". See more entries here. Get Out There Troy http://www.flying-squirrel.org
Black Locusts are often thought of as "trash trees", covered with thorns, growing on waste ground and forest edges. This time of year though, they're beautiful, profusely flowering with sweet smelling white blooms (flowers that are, by the way, edible)!