Buckeyes and husks on the smile tree

Buckeye Treasures (and Beezus)

As soon as the buckeyes begin dropping in late summer, I begin picking them up.

They’re irresistible! Glossy and smooth, the perfect size for a hand or a pocket. I build piles of buckeyes everywhere: on a log or limb, along the porch railing, on top of a stone stack.

When I walk back through the woods a day or two later, they’ll be scattered, and many of them will be nibbled and knawed down to crumbs.

Glossy buckeye treasures
Glossy buckeye treasures
Buckeyes and husks on the smile tree
Buckeyes and husks on the smile tree

We have primarily yellow buckeye trees in our woods, but we also have a big bottlebrush buckeye bush (tongue twister!) that produces buckeyes that are not a glossy dark brown, but are instead cream-colored, and they turn a delicate pink once the hull splits, then a light honey color when they are fully oxidized. Gorgeous, all of them.

Bottlebrush buckeyes
Bottlebrush buckeyes
buckeyes and Beezus
buckeyes and Beezus

Beezus says buckeyes are not as gorgeous as she is. And she is deserving of much petting and more accolades. #truth!

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