31 March 2007

Photo du Jour: Worse than Normal?

Is it me or does it seem this spring's "droppings" have been worse than usual?? In my neighborhood even if the actual droppings aren't on everything (not directly near the trees its coming from) the dust/residue from it is. Our cars and our porch all need a good hose-down.

10 Comments:

At March 31, 2007 10:37 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

Could it have something to do with the crewcut the oaks got 18 months ago? Maybe this is their first real chance to come back strong. I notice really strong leaf growth.

P.S. I know nothing about trees.

 
At April 02, 2007 7:41 AM, Blogger celcus said...

I know nothing about trees, but I think you're on to something mr clio. Last years crop, as I remember, seemed virtually non-existent.

 
At April 03, 2007 10:51 AM, Anonymous adrastos said...

It's mos def worse than normal. Alas, it's a good sign. It means that the trees are bouncing back from the abuse they took immediately post-K.

 
At April 03, 2007 12:59 PM, Blogger Ray said...

Dude, if that's Willow Street, email me, we need to talk.

 
At April 03, 2007 3:50 PM, Blogger John Blutarsky said...

The catipillars are coming next. They're already crawling around my neighborhood.

 
At April 04, 2007 10:03 AM, Blogger oyster said...

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At April 04, 2007 10:03 AM, Blogger oyster said...

My wife stepped on a caterpillar in her barefeet, as is her annual ritual.

Is it worse because there's been so little rain?

 
At April 04, 2007 10:23 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

Last night while sitting on my porch I could hear the chomp chomp of the caterpillars. They were in a LINE going up the trunk of the tree. It looked and sounded like King China Buffet up in dere

 
At April 04, 2007 7:43 PM, Blogger I.D. Reilly said...

The oak trees are likely masting. Masting is when organisms such as oaks produce extremely large numbers of young all at once. This is thought to be a mechanism to reduce the number of seed predators - if trees produced the same number of acorns every year, the number of squirrels would match the number of available acorns until there were no more acorns left and no more oak reproduction. This is happening regionally as well. I have noticed the same amount of flowering in oaks in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

 
At April 06, 2007 6:57 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

"Masting." Okay, now I have a name for the crazy thing my wife and I did by having four kids.

 

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