Friday, August 30, 2013

Not Sure What This Means

We have this beautiful Japanese apple tree in our frontyard. After the gorgeous white blooms fall away there are mini-apple-buds that appear. Every year before these fruits can get very big all the birds, squirrels, chipmunks and assorted wild creatures living in our woods, devour the pre-ripened apples before they can get too big. By mid August there is not a lick of fruit left on that tree. Yet here is the fruit now on Labor Day Weekend...

 They are all over the tree....

The ripening fruit is getting bigger by the day...

They have never turned completely red and fallen off the tree before. I've lived in my home for 15 years.

Don't know if this means that the wildlife in my area is changing. Interestingly, we just received a notification from the Town Supervisor that there is an unusual amount of coyotes and bears in our area. Maybe they have been eating the smaller animals that would have themselves eaten the growing Japanese apple fruit.

Or did we do something ourselves to prevent the usual number of birds from coming into the area? I know last year we had several robin-red-breast nests around our home. But this year we only had one nest and there wasn't any babies in it. Didn't see any bluejays or cardinals this summer either.

Even my hydrangea tree (as opposed to my hydrangea bushes) out front looks like it was attacked by a parasite. Spidery, ugly spindly leaves and no flowers. Usually the leaves are lush and the flowers are so huge that it bends the tree over.

On the  other hand, the hydrangea bushes came in gorgeous with more flowers than normal while the Rose of Sharon hibiscus tree bloomed in buckets this summer.

hydrangea bushes

Rose of Sharon
Heck even my peace lily, which I left out on the porch, had 6 blooms when normally I'm lucky if I get one...

Maybe  because of hurricane Sandy the entire ecological system in our area was affected more than we all thought. Super storms have a way of changing your environment and not always for the better. I miss my robins  and the chirping sounds of the birds. What I do hear is the rhythm of the crickets...lots and lots and lots of crickets.

If a drastic environmental change has such an affect on the animals in our area, my question is what kind of effect does it have on us and our own well-being? They say that autism is caused by a confluence of genetics and the environment. I have always been a proponent of autism being tied to our genes. A recessive gene much on the nature of being a red head or having curly hair.  Something we pass on congenitally to our children like cystic fibrosis. However, I have never been quite sure about the connection between autism and the environment.

But one thing I do know, is that when the birds start to disappear it is NOT a good thing.