Friday, October 26, 2012

Golden Rain Tree with Autumn Seed Pods (Nature Study in the Neighborhood)

If you live in Florida,
you might see these trees a lot in the autumn.
They seem to be everywhere!
That's good, since we don't have too many autumn leaf colors.
This will do, I try to convince myself.

I wondered what they were, so I googled
"trees with red or pink seed pods"
and came up with the golden rain tree.

One golden rain tree in our neighborhood,
with bushes at the base

Pod in the hand, from the stem end

Pod in the hand from the open end
The seeds pods fascinate me,
especially their geometric construction.
I had to pull some apart,
just to satisfy my curiosity.
Two of my kids did, too,
as an impromptu science lesson:
kitchen table botany.

Golden rain tree
pods opened up to reveal seeds inside

You can read more about the golden rain tree.

Look for yellow flowers in the summer!

 God is so creative!

What are you doing for nature study this year?
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