55Days #311 Maple Nuts

Does anyone know at what point a tree seed becomes a tree nut? I can assure you I don’t. Every fall the squirrels descend into our Japanese maple trees to harvest the tiny nuts from the tree. They spend a lot of time picking, peeling and eating each one. They obviously are a true delicacy for this specie of squirrel. Also obvious is the fact that this guy is packing on a thick layer of fat to see him through the winter.

Squirrel eating tiny maple seed nuts.

Ummm, num, num, num this guy seems to say as he gobbles up each tiny nut.

When this seed is devoured, he hunts down another delicacy.

The squirrel braves the tiniest branches to grab a choice morsel.

The squirrel braves the tiniest branches to grab a choice morsel.

When I first spied him he was hanging upside down by his back legs to stretch and grab the seeds well below him. He seem seemed to not care about the rain and you can see his tail is pretty soggy.

The reason I threw out the question of nut versus seed is the pine nut. A human delicacy it does not have a true shell which is not unlike the wrapping of the maple seed or nut.

Cheers to the acrobatic squirrel,

Shez

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About Shez

In a nut-shell (nut-case?): Photographer, illustrator, writer, passionate DIY enthusiast, wife, mother, grandmother. I love learning new things and anything that is creative: sewing upholstery or dresses, painting walls or art, building dolls or walls, cooking and cake decorating, knitting or wiring. By day I am a small manufacturing business owner, operator, partner. I am Totally Random Shez.

2 responses to “55Days #311 Maple Nuts”

  1. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat says :

    They’re pretty fun to watch. At the gym where I work out, there are some big pine trees outside the big windows and I can work out while watching the squirrels chase each other from tree to tree. They’re pretty entertaining.

  2. drawandshoot says :

    that is a pretty well fed looking squirrel! They are amazingly gymnastic.

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