A medium size live oak is growing in my back yard. It's canopy spreads out over my outbuilding. For the last few weeks this oak has been dropping acorns, many of which land on my steps. This photo was taken last Wednesday during the rain.
According the web site for the Winter Park Live Oak Fund, "Oak trees produce acorns once per year during the Fall. An individual
tree’s acorn production varies year to year, with the strongest
production normally alternating every other year. Late Spring frost can
blight the flowers and stunt or prevent acorn development, and of course
drought and insects can decimate crops. Acorn production typically
increases over the long run, in proportion to the size of an individual
tree’s canopy. An average 100-year old Oak will produce around 2,200
acorns per year
"Oh yes, we almost forgot the one acorn question you really wanted
to know the answer to: Only 1 acorn in 10,000 will grow up to be an Oak
I am careful when I walk down my back steps. Acorns under feet can act like ball bearings, sending you on a merciless, rib-crunching slide.
Our most recent Ocracoke Newsletter is a compilation of humorous stories told by or about islanders. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092113.htm.