|OHIO BUCKEYE FRUIT...|
|PALMATELY COMPOUND LEAF...|
|...SMALLER SIZE STREET TREE|
|BIG YELLOW BUS...|
Sunday, 8:00 AM. 63 degrees, wind W, calm. The sky is mostly clear with a few high, thin white clouds. There is more haze in the atmosphere this morning, and although the barometer predicts rain the humidity is still low. It will be a little warmer today, with a weak front approaching. It should still be a nice weekend. The evenings have been beautiful, filled with the light of a "blue moon"( the second full moon in a month) that occurs so rarely.
Bayfield has a few buckeye and hybrid buckeye street trees, which are very decorative smaller to medium sized trees. They all bloom nicely. The hybrids for the most part bear little or no fruit. Pictured is the Ohio buckeye, Aesculus octandra (in the Hippocastanceae, the horsechestnut family). Inside the ovoid, golf ball sized fruit is the round, shiny “buckeye” (not yet ripe). The buckeye nut is mildly poisonous but I have never heard of anyone being sickened by one, despite probably millions of little (and not so little) boys carrying one or more in their pockets for luck, or for throwing at each other. I always kept one in my jacket pocket when we lived in Ohio.
I did a serious double-take yesterday when I saw this ancient yellow bus driving down the street. More so because it was inscribed with the words “Huntington City Bus Lines” and its route sign bore the destination, “Surf City-USA.” Turns out it belongs to a car aficionado, Mick Anderson (I hope I have the name right), who owns several car dealerships in northern Wisconsin and is starting an auto museum in Bayfield. All we need now are The Beach Boys, and I half expect them to show up in town over the weekend.