Yesterday evening, Boo and I went in search of more turkey feathers as they were around quite a bit the day before. We didn't find any that were in decent shape, but Boo found some oak galls on the ground under an oak tree that we hadn't checked before. Then we noticed that this particular tree was loaded with oak galls. So, we went back to the house and Boo got his wheelbarrow and I got the camera. Hurried back to the tree and I started picking. I only picked what I could easily reach...there were many more.
The photo above is of a large oak gall on the branch which is stronger and different looking than the ones on the leaves (the tree made them afterall, so I suppose the material on the leaves and branches are a bit different). I'm starting to wonder if the ones on the branches will make a stronger dye than the leaf galls. I plan to make the dye seperately to see what happens (first, I have to do some research on how to make this particular dye...I'm such a beginner).
There's our loot from one tree: 119 oak galls in all! You can see the gall that was growing on the branch to the left that has a line nearly bisecting it...it's the largest.
Here's the biggest I've found...it fell from a tree after a windy afternoon:
It's the type that grows from a branch. There's another one like this in another tree, too high for me to reach. I hope it falls soon! I think that these get so big because the leaves fall from the trees each fall and the galls on the branches can continue to grow. I wonder?
It's funny, last year I was posting continuously about blackberries...this year, it's about oak galls. The blackberries aren't in abundance like they were last year, or at least they aren't ripening well. The weather is cold and rainy again and I hope it doesn't stay this way...two months of summer just isn't enough. We had a cold and wet spring and usually it doesn't get cold and wet until October. Sigh.
Yes, each year is different. I'm noticing this much more these days because I'm collecting more from nature. Jenny and I talked about this recently. Last year, we were canning plums like crazy and there were only a few apples on her trees. This year, the plums are few and she has tons of apples. The weather is different...the fruit is different.
Happy Monday, dear reader!