I have no choice: we have so many this year. I’m heading out to collect a few hundred walnuts to shell out over winter. I gotta go. Here’s a snippet from the Floyd County Almanac (now at 30k words!)
“…We’re going nuts around here this fall. It is a heavy mast year, and it could be bad for our health and safety. It’s actually risky to walk some places, so many rolling ball-bearings-on-banana-peel hickory nuts and acorns litter the path. Maybe that’s why they call this season fall? I’ve come close.
The old-timers will tell you that this is over-production of tree fruit is because the good Lord in this way provides extra stores for all the animals that will need more for an especially long and hard winter soon to come that this abundance warns us about. We’ll see what the wooly worms have to say about that!
Walnuts, too, hang heavy with fruit this year, only now starting to drop their quarter-pound baseball-sized husks with the golf ball sized kernel inside. We try to remember to walk clear of them (or wear protective head gear) not certain an unprotected head would fare much better than if we risked walking under coconut palms. The only thing worse would be if hanging walnuts were triangular. Can you sue a tree for damages?…”
CAPTION: A photo-merge with the iPhone. Can you find Gandy? Notice how the one side of the white house is blue (reflecting the morning sky) and the other cast towards yellow (reflecting the autumn foliage.)