This little pile of acorns probably doesn't look all that fascinating to those of you who garden in other parts of the country.
The first green acorns in two years is reason to celebrate here. These acorns are a very important sign that the oak trees are recovering and returning to their normal patterns after two years of extreme drought. We lost just two of the smaller trees in our yard and the older trees are beginning to recover.
There were no acorns during 2011 at all since the trees shut down to preserve their limited energy during the drought. That may seem to be a rather small thing, but the effect on local wildlife was disatrous. Squirrels had no food. Deer, normally big acorn eaters, turned to eating plants they formerly left alone. Many other types of seeds never materialized, eliminating most of the natural bird food. It was a desperate year for the wildlife beyond just being thirsty because their food chain was disrupted. We put out bird food and water daily, which was a lifeline to the local birds. So the sight of these green acorns has caused exitement here over this normally mundane event.
It also means we'll have tons more leaves to pick up next spring, but that's a post for another day. For today we'll focus on these beautiful trees which add so much to our landscape.