Stuff on the Ground

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I’ve started walking around my work neighborhood in the mornings. It’s often too hot these days to walk when I get home.  I’ve noticed there’s lots of interesting stuff on the ground in this mature area, including this sidewalk stamp that seems to jibe with Wikipedias’ history of Toluca Lake.

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But mostly the interesting stuff is organic, which plays into a theme I share an interest in with my nephew, DBeans….the intersection of nature and humans.

Somebody poured this concrete.  Somebody planted this tree.

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The benefits of blogging are many!  I misidentified this as a horse chestnut seed pod a long time ago.  I just went to confirm and found out that it’s actually a sweet gum fruit pod.

I love these things, but I’ll bet no one is planting them in neighborhoods these days because while they are cool looking, they do present a very real ankle-turning hazard.

P1020764Tiny avocado.  I almost thought it was something else because it’s so small, about 3 inches long, but the overhanging tree was full of more of them in that distinctive avocado tree style.  Young tree.

 

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Geranium petals.

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Random little green things.  I haven’t a clue, but they were kind of darling lying there.  They would fit on top of a quarter easily.

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I don’t know what that organic thing is.  Perhaps related to the magnolia tree?  Does anyone know?

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We were here!

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Oleander blossoms.  Do not eat.  (Like you would.  But seriously, don’t.)

 

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Not exactly underfoot, but on the ground.  BIG honking squash of some kind.  It seems kind of eerily out of place in this neighborhood of neatly trimmed lawns, but I like it.  A lot.

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3 thoughts on “Stuff on the Ground

  1. Jean says:

    Yes, that is a Magnolia seed pod. Ugly as heck, but produce beautiful flowers that smell heavenly. Note for kids, avoid like the plague while riding a skateboard.
    http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/propagating-magnolia-seeds.htm

  2. kitty says:

    Ha! Great bit! What’s next with you!?

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