Friday, December 15, 2017
The American Beech
beech tree at the edge of the woods. The leaves are faded to tan and brown now but still clinging fast to their stems. The leaves are serrated and have a nice veining to them. American beech are slow growing and can take up to 40 years to produce their fruit with three nuts inside. The beech nut is edible and provides food for many vertebrate species such as the ruffled grouse, wild turkeys, raccoons, red and gray fox, deer, rabbits, opossums, pheasant, bear, porcupines, and humans. Many lepidopteran caterpillars (butterfly larvae) feed on beech. Every time I write a blog post I learn something; today I learned about the American beech tree, Fagus grandifolia.
Yesterday I woke unable to walk on my left foot. How that happened I have no idea. The top of my foot was extremely painful. I read the pain was a tendon strain. Today it's much better. When you're young you're invincible, when you're old not so much. All I can do is try to be like a beech tree, providing sometime useful after so much more than 40 years of life. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.