Met a lovely, amicable couple out for their daily morning walk around the park. They saw me photographing the Mexican Plum tree and commented, it was enjoyable to see the park plants during all their seasonal changes which led into a conversation about this research project.
For several hours I spent sitting on the porch of the Bear Bend Cabin, it was a perfect place for sketching and painting this beautiful tree's foliage, fruit and bark.
Here are my results shown in my Field Journal:
My observations revealed that the leaves of this plant feel very soft and furry. Its' bark was a silvery grey and with a slightly brownish tint. The fruit is although very tiny, the size of a dime or nickel, has a sweet taste once you get past the bitter tasting skin. I was amazed to find that even in the late Summer and early Fall there was still so much fruit production. Although most of the fruit had fallen to the ground.
|You could see the fruit peeking through the blades of grass|
and had to watch out where you stood,
for the ants were enjoying the fruit too.
Be sure to read the following posted blog entry to learn more about the Mexican Plum tree.
Until Next Time.