jean-luc tells me these are squirrel nibbled pine cones
we have yet to see one of these elusive languedocien squirrels
in any case, i love these nibbled cones
and i like how the squirrels always leave the top few seed scales
the hills behind autignac, france
it is amazing to me to see plants budding and sprouting in december
this one was found in the wooded hills behind our village
perhaps a kermes oak
yesterday i went to pick up a handful of acorns
and was surprised to find that many of them had already started to set roots
kermes oak acorns
we found these in the woods the other day while looking for chanterelle
i love their classic shape
love their shapes tooreply
hmmm mysterious nocturnal squirrels.
I find similar remnants when I walk in our woods. The squirrels here also leave neat piles of the scales at their feeding places. Our squirrels are not mysterious or shy – they are plump and sleek, and run right across our back porch and look in the window!