Sunday, October 23, 2016

Buckeye Haiku

There are two kinds of buckeyes in Ohio: the Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus flava) and the Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra).  Last summer I photographed the beautiful, spiky glabra fruit, but this time we found the smooth-shelled, spotted flava on our walk in Avon Woods.  I don't know if this species' fruit is always so big, but these buckeyes were enormous!

Below you can see George opening one of the fruits to reveal the rich mahogany fruit inside.

I wanted to end this blog entry with a nice quote about buckeyes, but when I googled "buckeye quote" I could only find quotes about Ohio State (my brother would say, "What else would you expect?").  So I decided to leave you with a little haiku I wrote about one of my favorite fall subjects.

In the deep dark woods
Fortune favored me today
Smooth rich brown buckeye

(If you just can't get enough buckeye haiku, find this image on my Instagram account for more!)


Sand Hill Art said...

What is the difference between buckeyes and chestnuts? They look very much alike. Thanks.

Nessy said...

There is a lot of confusion about this after a brief search. But this website had some good information -

Sand Hill Art said...

Thanks for that. I used to live in London, and they (chestnuts)are a common tree there. We called the nuts "conkers". I didn't know they were related to buckeyes.