Friday, July 31, 2020
Friday Fotos, Puckery Persimmons, New Vistas, Sunset
Well hello everyone, and welcome to "Friday Foto Friends". Time to show off our Fotos of the week...something that caught our eye and made us grab our cameras. You just never know what you will discover here on Fridays!
So, nature lesson of the week:
Do you know what kind of fruit/tree this is?
I immediately used my Google Lens on my phone to check it out to be sure of what it was.
If you said Persimmon, you are correct. This is known as the Common Persimmon, or Possumwood, Possum Apples, Sugar Plums. We discovered these trees growing wild in our usual walking area today.
Now, I have noticed the trees before today, and thought when they first started getting their leaves back in the spring that they looked like some kind of fruit tree, similar to a peach tree. But I never realized that they actually had fruit on them until today! And they are loaded!
Well, hubby noticed one fruit that was pretty yellowish red and said it looked like a ripe persimmon, so he took it and took a little bite out of it. And then he handed it to me and said it was good to eat. (We sound like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but he must have been the one listening to the serpent, since he talked me into tasting the fruit.)
And this is what we both quickly learned: Be sure the persimmon is completely RIPE before eating!
As soon as we bit into the persimmon, our mouths became extremely dry and "fuzzy" feeling, and puckery, with no saliva to wet our lips or our mouth. We immediately spit them out and couldn't wait to get back to the car to get some water. No, they aren't poisonous, but we found out why you are not supposed to eat (or try to eat) a persimmon that is not almost dead ripe and ready to fall on the ground! Read the highlighted link above for more information. So that is our nature lesson of the week! Never listen to that serpent in the garden either! That's our theological lesson of the week too! LOL.
Okay, next up, it's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!
We have been needing to do some tree trimming and cutting, especially before this tropical storm (hurricane?) that is coming up the coast this weekend. We found a young man literally up in the top of our neighbor's palm tree trimming the palms off the top, and we asked him to come over to our house when he could shinny back down the tree. And so he did. After some discussion we decided to remove a couple of pine trees from in front of our pond that are growing rapidly and actually too close to our deck/house and need to be removed before they get too big. We also are having some other trees trimmed and cleaned up .
These fresh cut pine branches sure smelled a lot like a Christmas tree!
This tree was young and full of sap! Can you count the rings?
And here is our tree man preparing to pull this dead oak tree down...
I did have a video of this operation, but it is easier just to show you the pictures.
Down she goes! He will be back on Saturday to finish up and do some more work on a taller tree, so I hope to get some good pictures then. Especially if he actually climbs up the tree!! Oh, by the way, he calls himself "George of the Jungle".
By removing the two young pines we now have a better view of Still Waters Pond.
And tonight I was rewarded with a wonderful view of the magnificent sunset.
These pictures do NOT do it justice.
It was quite the show, and a beautiful ending to an interesting day!
Psalm 19 is a good place to end:
1. "The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament shows His handiwork.
2. Day unto day utters speech,
and night unto night reveals knowledge.
3. There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4. Their line has gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5. Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
and rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6. Its rising is from one end of heaven,
and its circuit to the other end;
and there is nothing hidden from its heat."
Hope that you and your house are safe and sound and have a blessed and wonderful weekend. And remember, Don't eat any unripe persimmons! LOL>