State tree…

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The Redbuds are the State tree of Oklahoma. In the past week or so, they have been really putting on a show.

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Poison Ivy vine…

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The air roots on this large vine give it a really hairy appearance. I didn’t know poison ivy vines got so large until I did a little research on what these were.

Exploded tree…

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When a tree is struck by lightning, the moisture inside is instantly turned to steam. This creates enormous pressure which can cause the tree to burst apart like a firecracker.

Pecan Grove…

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This Pecan tree grove, consisting of hundreds of trees, was laid out long ago in a fairly precise grid. It reminds me of pictures of Arlington Cemetery, where every direction you look you see straight lines. I was trying to capture a feeling of this symmetry in this morning’s photo. The pecan crop this fall was considerably down due to the horribly hot and dry summer which seemed to last forever. Because of the limited supply, the price of these nuts is as high as I’ve ever seen. “Pecan” is from a native Algonquian Indian word meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack.

Tree fungus…

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I have not been able to identify this particular fungus. It looks like terry cloth.

Unharvested Milo…

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Also known as Sorghum. These plants are used for grain, fibre and fodder, as well as ethanol production. First domesticated in early biblical times.

A nice collection of fungus…

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