Saturday, November 8, 2014
Sassafras Leaves, Carolina Locust
I put my face into the sun and enjoyed the toasty silence with occasional rustling oak leaves and Crows cawing in the distance. Opening my eyes I noticed in the distance rippling heat waves rising from the warm, sunny side of the pipeline. Suddenly, a loud BZZZZT! broke the silence as a Carolina Locust sprang from the grass beside me, flew about 30 feet, and landed back in the grass. You always know a Carolina Locust by his black and yellow rear wings, which are only seen when they fly. Otherwise, they are just average looking grasshoppers. This guy flew his short "hops" around me for the whole hour I sat drawing. BZZZZZT!
Sassafras leaves come in various shapes, all on the same tree. Here are three examples, but the possibilities are endless. These leaves are past the color stage, but aren't the shapes beautiful?
By the time I'd finished drawing, I had taken off my fleece jacket, put my hair in a pony tail, but still felt hot, so we trekked home on the cool, shady side of the pipeline. On the windy hilltop I felt cool and put the jacket back on.
Here are some photos of our trees, and my sweet guard collie.