Bombs Away!

This is a fine time of year to be outside in the Midwest. The high temperature hits the 70s, and conditions tend toward dry and sunny. But if you’d like to enjoy that weather by reading a good book in our backyard, you’d better bring along your hard hat—just in case.

We’ve got a tree back there—a black walnut, maybe?—that drops these little green bombs, some of which are shown in the photo above, on the unsuspecting. The green pellets are just under the size of a tennis ball and solid, with the green casing covering a black nut underneath. If you’re sitting outside, they drop unexpectedly from the tree branches far overhead, first rustling the leaves and then hitting the ground with a noticeable thump. It’s unnerving. The green casing then dissolves, leaving the nut underneath to be enjoyed by the neighborhood squirrels.

I haven’t been hit—yet—by one of the green projectiles, but this time of year I tend to stick to the screened-in porch, just in case.

2 thoughts on “Bombs Away!

  1. Big coincidence. We got a brand new Airedale puppy on Saturday. He’s only eight weeks old. We have many black walnut trees in our fenced in back yard in Powell and that’s where Kathy takes the puppy to do his “business”. We were just sitting here watching the tv news when Kathy said she can’t wait to get back to our lake house so she doesn’t have to worry about the puppy getting bonked on his head by a falling black walnut. I guess life is pretty good when that’s one of the big problems we’re worried about!

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