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Need help identifying a nut & general morning fodder.

I have 3 trees with this kind of nut on it. If you know what it is please let me know. The nut shell reminds me of a chestnut but the outer husks are slick and unlike the spiny chestnuts I've seen growing on a tree before. So if you have an idea let me know.

I started to rake the back yard early but when I saw all the toadstools that had popped up over night. I wish these things were edible because there's a lot of them. So I decided to walk around the yard and look and see what was new due to the last two days of rain. It seems it spurred on a short burst of new blooms. At the same time I decided to experiment with different settings on a cheap 50mm lens. I really don't like it that much but its the fastest lens I have and can shoot in really shady areas. But the depth of field is next to nothing. Some of the shots were made holding my camera above my head hoping I was capturing the subject matter.

Miniature Azaleas are starting to come on.

I have one huge bush of these pinkish Comelias that are bursting forth. They started about a month and a half ago and all died due to lack of rain. Now they are starting up again.

Old spidy out near the chicken pen in a very shady area. I keep wondering how he has avoided getting eaten by a bird or lizard. Maybe there's some truth to the spots and colors warding creatures off.

Every day for weeks now you will find Biscuit walking out to the persimmon trees looking for one he can eat. Mine are super sweet without any of the pucker factor in them. They are as sugary as dates. He has broken several low hanging limbs in the past pulling persimmons off that weren't really ripe yet. So I trimmed them off so I can now mow under them. The ones up top are too high to reach and if we get much rain they burst open. The sugar attracts hornets, and other stinging insects. When they fall on the ground Biscuit is willing to fight off the bugs to get them. He takes them to his cool spot next to my father-in-law's outdoor chair under his shade canopy to lie down and eat them. My father-in-law doesn't like that because he wants the persimmons too and Biscuit has a higher success record at getting them.

And of course there's the obligatory pet shots of Archie and Biscuit. I wasn't sure I was going to get a decently focused shot of Biscuit because he was actually running towards me. That's about the only thing I can say about this lens.

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