See that there? It's orangey leaves on the big oak down the street. Woohoo!
And a few yards farther down, I spotted another oak with a little cluster of beautifully colored leaves.
The oaks may be late, but they are making up for it with some lovely colors!
I spotted these as I was stopped at a red light this week.
But where are the acorns? I want to see acorns! Okay, I've seen acorns. Just not on a tree. I've never been able to find them growing on an oak. Where do they keep the things?
I happened to find an oak twig on the ground last week and brought it home for closer inspection. I noticed some bud-like things near the leaf petioles.
But they look like buds for next year's growth. Well that's where the buds for next year are growing on my tree, so I assume that's what these are. So that still leaves me with the question: where's the acorns? Show me the acorns!
Mother nature could tell I was getting a little frustrated and she took pity on me by putting another oak twig in my path. This one was longer and had more growth.
They just look different from the buds near the top. These things look like tiny shriveled peppers with mini acorn caps on them. The other buds look more like something that could unfold its many layers to make flowers or leaves.
How cool is that? Also, how neat are all the veins you can see in the close-up of those leaves?!
Alright oaks, keep up the good work. I want to see more!