Great Oaks from the little acorns grow. A phrase meaning big ideas start with one simple action. Microsoft was started with just two people. And like oaks, Microsoft employed many people from various backgrounds. The mighty oak hybridizes easily yet still maintaining a genetic pool so similar that many genetic scientist have difficulty telling them apart. Population and region tend to be identifying markers instead of genetic codes. This is a mystery to scientist. For some unknown reason, the oak is able to maintain a constant in it’s genetic code even after countless other oak species have created new hybrids.
The flowers of the oak are called catkins which produce the fruit you see above called an acorn. A cupule holds the seed until autumn for my part of NC when the two separate. As the acorn ripens on the tree which can take up to 18 months depending on the species, the tree is heavy laden. The branches droop under the load.
During this time, the trees is vulnerable to winds from passing storms. The tree can not hold the weight it bears when driving winds snap the branches and send them hurling through the air. These flying clusters of acorn laden branches are dangerous to homes and tender plants. Cars passing below a fallen cluster are in danger of a broken windshield.
There is a wind warning for tonight due to the tropical storm Hannah and this presents special challenges for both nature and man. What will be in the path of the falling acorn laden branches. Microburst of wind during these storms can down trees and cause dangerous situations with power-lines, lives, and destroyed homes. It is very serious when severe weather is expected in this part of NC. These trees can bend and sway with great agility but will only take winds of about 60 mph before giving up. They do put up a good fight living up to their name–The Mighty Oak.
How safe is your home in the path of a major storm? I treat every storm with a great deal of respect. We are in a drought so the rain is welcome. I just hope the tornadoes don’t follow the feeder bans moving toward our area. I’m about 200 miles from Wilmington where Hannah is expected to make landfall. We are not in danger of flooding. We’ll be safe if everything goes as planned.
I wanted to share these pictures so that many of you would know why hurricanes that hit heavily treed areas have an understanding of the concerns many are feeling. We would really hate to lose our Mighty Oaks!
Here is my home and the Oaks I’ve been talking about.
They are probably over 100 yrs old. And here are some Oaks located across the street from me. I am the newer house in the neighborhood. We cut down many of the Oaks on our property to make room for our house and protect it against such storms. Others have allowed their trees to grow. It is beautiful and provides excellent shade during our hot summers.
Hannah isn’t considered a dangerous storm but I’ve lived in NC all my life and can tell you that any wind during this time when the acrons are at their peak….is taken seriously.