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Archive for September 23, 2010

Beechnuts – Welcome to a photographic journey through the woods, fields and marshes of New England

Find more of my photographs and information similar to that which I post in this blog in my book Naturally Curious, which is being published this fall.


This time of year American beech trees are dropping their prickly fruit on the forest floor, where their husks lay open, revealing one or two triangular nuts. Beechnuts are edible, though humans find them quite bitter (not as bitter as acorns, however). They are an important source of food for many birds and animals, including wood ducks, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, blue jays, tufted titmice, black bears, porcupines, flying squirrels, red and gray squirrel and eastern chipmunks.