Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Recently when I was taking a walk I came upon this tree. I don't know what kind of tree this is but the poor thing was covered with all these holes that were oozing sap. I guess when you look at them you can tell what they reminded me of, especially if you click and enlarge them!

I took these other pictures here around the yard.

The nasturtium is really pretty, but this is the only bloom it has!

Mums are my favorite fall flower I think. They are so pretty and come in so many colors.

As you can see, in spite of the heat and drought, the acorns are really plentiful this year, at least on our tree! Part of the driveway is covered with them and many get squished by the car tires. I have been out there sweeping them off earlier. We may get some much needed rain tonight and tomorrow. Then it's supposed to drop from the 90's into the 80's. Yeehaw!!!


Blogger PEA said...

I enlarged the pictures of that tree...very interesting! LOL I'm not even gonna say what they reminded me of! lol Your flowers are still beautiful...mine are now practically finished except for the pot of mums I recently bought. You're still having such unbelievable heat over there...it was actually in the 70's here today which is unusual for this time of year, the normal is in the low 60's. xox

5:22 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

It's still been hot here as well, Rachel. Mid 90's the last week or so. It's been cloudy today and a few sprinkles so it was a little cooler. The cotton, corn and rice harvest is in full swing so the farmers didn't like the rain, but it's still so dry here that the rain is welcomed by everyone else.

Yep, I think I thought the same thing as you about those trees, LOL! ;D

Hope all is well with you and yours, Rachel.

Love and hugs,


5:28 PM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

As a forester I'd advise you to put your lot up for sale NOW. Don't wait - if somebody sees those trees the market price could crash. Sell now, and hurry!!!!
Okay, I really don't have clue what is going on with those trees.

6:09 PM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


Those poor trees look very bad!

They probably should be taken out!!

Most of the pines in our area got a Beetle infestation and had to be destroyed. :(


7:27 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Ralph, that tree is not on our property! It's actually in a little park that is seldom used.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

Oh my that's centuries ago that I saw acorns ! I remember when I was a child we had a lot around where my grandparents lived, but here I haven't seen a single tree. We used to make necklaces and other things out of it.

7:49 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I love all these pictures Rachel..But truthfully, I don't know what the Sap Holes reminded you of...Hmmmmmm. I guess I am dense.

Lovely Flowers, and Lovely Acorns.
If you tried to plant the acorns, would some trees grow from them? And if they could grow from them, I guess it would take a very very long time....I have ALWAYS Loved Acorns....Something about their potewntial, you know?

It is still so very hot there Rachel.....! WOW. Is it unusual for it to be in the 90's at the end of September?
Here it is so crazy....! It was in the three digits..THEN, it got COLD! (Cold for here, I mean)..Now, it is HOT again....I pray it doesn't go into the three digits again...That was just too much for me.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Hiya RAchel
I love your pictures they are so clear too, do you have a really good camera? It is sunny but cold here, definately getting to the Autumn!!! Sorry I have not been in touch for AGES, I simply must send you an email later today (Wed)ok.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

I had a good laugh about the tree pictures. I normally have nasturtiums come up on their own for the past several years but not this year. They always bloomed heavy by the end of the summer and fall. I miss them. You got one nasturtium bloom and I got one pear on my pear tree. I wait all year for one pear.

7:53 AM  
Blogger T*mmy said...

Wishing for cooler weather and just the right amount of rain to come your way!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

Rachel, sorry to get off topic in your comments. Please circulate the current information on my blog to everyone you know. Regardless of where he was last seen in the United States, he could end up anywhere of be known anywhere and if he can be found, this precious little girl could be found and found alive. Blogging is fun but it could also prove helpful in saving a child.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

Hope you get that much needed rain!
Your mums are beautiful :)

7:40 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel

I'm back, and even wrote two blogs (Photo Place and Little Blog).
Now I have a lot of blogging to catch up on.
No, I can't tell what that tree makes you think of.
But if you would water it some, until your rains come, and fertilize it perhaps it gradually will look better.
There is such a thing as tree neglect you know.
But even then, I would come visit you in prison.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Man it's cold and wet in these here parts Rachel. Come on up.
The flowers were pertiful. If you only have one blossom, you need to make it count . That flower did.

4:43 AM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

I can't believe how hot it has been this year. And people used to say that a lot of acorns meant a hard winter on the way!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

Maybe I've been living in Miami too long, but those look like gunshots on the tree. The flowers on the other hand are beautiful.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Good grief!!!
Enlarging the pics of those holes was hitonious!!
My eyes are crying for mercy!!!!

Pretty flowers though.

My internet access has been down since Sunday night. These past days have been torture. I must be addicted to the internet. I am glad I am able to get back online now so I can see lovely pics of sap holes and other intriguing stuff.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

The nasturtium is a beautiful color.
I think I have identified your tree for you.

Try, 'Lesappen Rektumorfis hemorrhoiditis.'

I believe it is a very old strain.


10:10 PM  
Blogger nora said...

Uggh, that poor tree and my face have a lot in common this week.
To quote JD --hitonious

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THis monday in art class we are doing a still life. I'm going to do acorns and pine cones.


8:17 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Karen was with us for the first week. Someone to help take care of the 'old folk' you know.

She had a lot of vacation days that she hadn't taken yet. You can tell she liked Scotland a lot.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Rachel, it looks like those trees have been attacked by some sort of boring bug. Poor trees. Lovely flowers. I am so praying for fall, I would love for a cold front to come our way.

1:57 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

Just wanted to let you know that I publish my holiday reportage on the Garda Lake with pictures tomorrow sunday 30. If ever you want to take a look.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Hi Rachel, I don't know what is happens with that tree... sorry...
but those flowers are very beautiful!

Have a nice weekend!

12:31 PM  
Blogger possum said...

Hey Rachael, be glad those trees are NOT yours or you would be about to lose your timber. I had to have my woods cut down several years ago. Broke my heart. The first to show up was the Black Turpentine Beetle - that is what is in your pictures, I think. The following year the trees started dying from the Pine Bark Beetle. Google either one of them, click on images... you may have to go the the second page of images before you see the pictures of the damage. Sad, but once a tree or an area gets infested, well, there is nothing anyone can do except cut the trees down. My neighbor cut his 10 acres first, then the wind started to topple my trees, so I had to have them cut before they hit the house. They were huge old trees. But, now I have sunshine and flowers that never could have grown when my house was under all those trees. Of course, I also now have a huge air conditioning bill... sigh.

5:40 AM  

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