In July I started talking about the early and abundant drop of acorns. This has touched off a coast to coast report of what appears to be a huge year for acorns. If you are going to be a fan of winter then you have to have a sense of humor. I really enjoy this one:
“Yes, I have acorns falling and it scares the dog and cat, they hit the sliding glass door and they both run for cover. (they are both just 12-14 months old) Plus when they go out side I have seen both be hit by acorns at different times and they run so fast, trying to get away. There is no explaining this one to my little Ellie and little Rabbit (cat’s name)? I am afraid to mow my lawn for the last time I don’t want to damage the siding on the house, when the acorns fly through the mower. I just keep raking them up, just so many. thanks for the video, answered my questions and concerns.”
We have had many reports about wearing helmets when going outdoors. Not only are there many acorns (for the most part) but they are monster sized. Here is another report and photo to illustrate this:
“Yesterday I raked some acorns up in my Parents yard and filled 3 five gallon buckets in less than an hour….and that did not even put a dent in them. Plus the acorns are so big I attached 2 photos of a few of them I kept out just to take to work and show people. As you can see they are a lot bigger than a quarter. Everyone that has seen them is amazed by the size of them. Plus one of them is Black and I have never seen a black acorn before.”
From Steven … Are there any uses for acorns? — “I looked you up because I was wondering what was going on with our acorns. We have about ten oaks in our yard and a tin roofed shed. The NOISE from our shed roof is deafening as the very plentiful and large acorns hit the top. Are there any practical uses for these large acorns?
While my acorns started to drop in earnest in mid July, there is no slowing down. Saturday afternoon I picked up all acorns near my oak tree. By Sunday morning; I had another 700 to pick up. So, are there any practical uses for acorns? It would be great to turn it into fuel but what do you do with this abundance??
Tomorrow, we will talk about other signs of a hard winter including the Woolly Bear Caterpillar.