The buckeye nuts have started to drop. They are a beautiful, rich chestnut color when they first come out of their husk. They are also satiny smooth and irresistible to rub and hold. It takes only a day or so for them to begin to turn dark and dull and dry.
I suppose they are named for the resemblance to deer eyes. I've never noticed a difference between the eyes of male and female deer, so I wonder why they are not called "deer eye" or "doe eyes"?