There we were, out running some errands, when I saw it!
|"Pull over here, Mom!"|
Can you see what I see? Saw? Whatever?
They were EVERYwhere! Or ... at least all around that tree! What kind of tree is it, you might ask? Well, just look up!
That's right - it's a Tennis Ball Tree -- or for those into Latin names, it's a Maclura Pomifera Tennis Ballus. They grow all over the place here; Dave and I showed you one back on Columbus Day of '09 when we first made the discovery. They're so cool, aren't they?!?!
|I was so excited here, I lost my head. Ha roo roo roo!|
I mean, I'm no Tennis Ball fanatic like Dave and some of the rest of you (you know who you are!!!), but it was still mighty exciting to see that many tennis balls all together!
Check out how cool they are!
"It's cool, Mom! I still don't get the whole 'ball' thing, though...."
What I DO get, however, is trying to snarf stuff off the ground when your biped isn't paying attention!
|Action snarfing shot!|
Mom reminded me it wasn't our tree, and that we'd have to get permission from the tree owner first. I decided to think pleasant thoughts about my special pals instead!
|"Lemme see ... |
there's Bert ... and Dex
... and our new friend Millie's trying tennis balls for the first time ...
and so many other wonderful pups ...."
Too many of you to name are in the Tennis Ball Fan Club, but rest assured, I thought of each and every one of you - and I wished that you could have a Tennis Ball Tree of your very own!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this incredible Kansas crop. We're having another day of 40 mph winds, so I'll bet a LOT more tennis balls will be self-harvesting! (Note to all: Be careful walking under Maclura Pomifera Tennis Ballus Trees on Red Flag wind days! You heard it here first!)