Friday, August 18, 2006

Late Summer In Florida

Signs of late summer here in Pure Florida ...













Wild Huckleberries ...














Magnolia seedpods well on their way ...












Wild muscadine grapes ready for picking ...
















Acorns ascending.


The Summer heat here is far from over, but the calendar moves on.

Summer will truly end after we get through the worst part of Hurricane season...about late September. Posted by Picasa

12 comments:

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I remember when I first moved to Ky. in 1962 my husband introduced me to the wild muscadine grape. We would spend hours picking those little grapes until we had enough for grandma to make juice or jelly.

Later from 1974 onto 1994 my boss, who was born in Egypt, wanted the leaves from the wild grapes to eat. Once I tried to substitute grape leaves from our tame grape vine and they and he told me on Monday that he didn't like the grape leaves I had brought him...so I had to go back to picking the wild grape leaves. They rolled them up like cabbage rolls and also used them in salads.

I'm really looking forward to fall this year, just because we have had excessive heat & humidity this summer that has practically overcome me. I must be getting old...I used to love being out in the heat.

swamp4me said...

We're still a month away from ripe muscadines here, but the vines are loaded this year. There will be many happy raccoons, foxes, possums, and bears!

Laura said...

For me, late August is the start of my "worry time" for the hurricane season, since that's when Andrew hit. and uh, a few others 'canes which I don't want to think about right now.

I have never seen huckleberries!! Good to see the pictures of them here.

Likes2mtnbike said...

Doncha just love these new digital camera thingys?

Mrs. S said...

Your acorns are prettier than ours.

Hurricane Teen said...

take a really close look at the bottom acorn...It looks like the face of a bird...like a parakeet. do you see it?

Hick said...

I love your blog! It's like being on vacation.

Our acorns are dropping all over the house and on the deck and everywhere else. And, the squirrels are all yelling at each other and at the cats and dog. Typical late summer in the mid-Sierras.

Floridacracker said...

Sandy,
I've seen the grape leaves in recipes, but confess I've never tried them.
I'm ready for some cool crisp weather too, but it's so far away from where I stand...

Swampy,
My free range chicken flock love the fallen fruits.

Laura,
Yes, we have to survive the next 2 months to enjoy fall...
I think those are huckleberries...

Likes2mtnbike,
I do, I do...I could get used to instant gratification...but of course I am a guy.

Mrs. S,
Well, these weren't quite done when I photo'd them.

Hurricane Teen,
Uh...which way is he looking?

Hick,
Where have you been? All of your fans were worried. Okay, I'm off to Beemused In The Country to see what's going on.

robin andrea said...

Interesting how the end of summer looks different in different places. Our garden is still producing, but most of our flowers are long faded. The dahlias are in full bloom, but so many others are long gone. Our grapes are not ready yet, but we have our fingers crossed for our first little crop.

Deb said...

I saw the parakeet. :)

Such a different flora you have there; we have acorns, that's about it. Except for the chokecherries I mentioned yesterday, there are not such luscious fruits to be found in our woods. And I'm looking forward to cool nights, not hurricanes.

Hurricane Teen said...

turn your head about 60 degrees to the right and look at it...his eyes are blue and his beak is red. am I seeing things?

Floridacracker said...

Robin,
roger is probably crafting wine barrels in anticipation.

Deb,
I never was good at those "find the magic picture" books, but I think I see it now. I think.

Hurricane Teen,
See above.
Thanks for the directions.