It’s fall and fruiting time on Womack Creek!

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Muscadines. You can balance four of them on a thumbnail, but they are one of the gifts of fruit of the creek. Year by year the taste seems to vary: some years very tart, some leaning more to the sweet with a touch of tartness. This year’s fruits seem to be the latter. We like to taste them and usually take a bunch off a vine, leaving the rest for the animals.

This year there are not as many as in some years, but the clusters have many more grapes.

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The ogeche tupelo have not been blooming very much for several years. At one time one could hear the buzz of bees in the creek when these trees were blooming.

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Inland sea oats.

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This sweet gum tree is turning early, its seed balls turning color also.

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Wax myrtle — one can use the extract from the seeds for bay candles.

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Rattle snake master. These plants are all over the creek and bloom in the summer when we haven’t been able to observe them.

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Pepper vine fruit are not edible for humans and considered lower-level food by songbirds and mammals.

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Oak.

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Swamp bay.

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Swamp leather flower, clematis crispa. You’ll see more of the seeds than flowers in the coming weeks.

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This was not a good year for blooming for the swamp rose. So it goes with its fruit.

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On the other hand, it was a good year for the American wisteria.

Many other seeds, to many to list.

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Yaupon holly – green.

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Yaupon holly – red.

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Dahoon holly turning.

When the hollies are turning…then the holiday season can’t be far off.

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