Wondering about wild grapes

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wondering About a Strange Growth and a Visitor.

I noticed a strange looking growth on a limb of a small oak tree.  What do you think it is?  Some sort of fungus?

They kind of resemble pinkish orange cherries, but they are not.  It was definitely an oak tree, see the leaves.

I then had a surprise visitor.  It was my cousin Grace, from Kansas.  We grew up together, along with all my other cousins, in Pennsylvania.  She now resides in Kansas and came to Houston to visit with her son, who was kind enough to bring her up to Cut and Shoot to visit me.

Of course I took her to my son's place to visit the Wabbit Wanch.  Here she is just after petting a bunny:
 
Her son took a picture of the two of us: 
 
Then my wife and son joined us and her son took another picture.  Now, I realize that no one took a picture with him in it, dang! 

Remember my blogs about all the cards and poems we sent to my Aunt in the nursing home?  Well, this lady is one of her daughters.  She lives in a town in Kansas that a few years back was nearly wiped off the map with a huge tornado.  Her house was one of the very few that were undamaged.  She said she opened her front door after the storm passed and all the homes were leveled!  The neighbors were starting to crawl out of their basements.  I had a great day yesterday and now I want you all to have a great day, you hear?

13 comments:

  1. That growth is growing out of the limb, see new ones. Good luck on finding out what it is.
    Your day was the bestest...

    ReplyDelete
  2. http://www.ehow.com/info_8654070_round-balllike-growth-oak-tree.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the link, Barney.

      Delete
    2. I think it's great seeing relatives you don't get a chance to be with very often.

      Delete
    3. Sure is, Gypsy. It had been so long since I had seen her, that at first I didn't recognize her.

      Delete
  3. Dizzy I will try to post tomorrow. Two of my comments have been vanished.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I am going to give it one more shot and this time not Preview it and just hit Publish like I did on the comment above:

    I am glad you got to visit with your cousin and her son, it is always nice to visit with family we have not seen in a while.

    For some reason...have no idea why...I thought your aunt that was the recipient of those lovely cards and poems was a single lady with no immediate family.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad you didn't give trying to post. My Aunt was far from being a single lady although her husband (my mother's brother) passed away quite a few years earlier. She had seven children, but she was my last surviving aunt since her hip replacement came apart, she was stuck in bed in her room or in a wheel chair.

      Delete
  5. Always a good day when family visits. Here in PA Gall Wasps lay eggs on oaks. Not sure what color they are when small. My guess is it's a wasp egg.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, especially when most of my family is still in Pennsylvania. I rarely get to see them.

      Delete
  6. I think Jill is right, they are a Oak Apple Gall. The causative agent of the oak apple gall is a parasitic wasp, Biorhiza pallida.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ed. Nature is a marvelous thing.

      Delete