Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Friday, August 31, 2012

Still Life

     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"?

1 comment:

  1. Why 'buck'eyes? Good question. Perhaps having to do with early observers/namers encounter with imposing bucks.

    The buck head is the sought for wall trophy.

    Regardless . . it's been years, but I can feel the weight and texture of those in your photo :)