"Fibonacci sequences appear in biological settings such as branching in trees,
arrangement of leaves on a stem, and the arrangement of a pine cone."
Pine cones link with Christmas trees. Google Images
12 Around 1
12 Around 1
From Cones to Acorns...
Scientists baffled by mysterious acorn shortage CNN - December 12, 2008
Up and down the East Coast, residents and naturalists alike have been scratching their heads this autumn over a simple question: Where are all the acorns? Oak trees have shed their leaves, but the usual carpet of acorns is not crunching underfoot. In far-flung pockets of northern Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other states, scientists have found no acorns whatsoever. Louise Garris, who lives in the Oakcrest neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, first noticed the mysterious phenomenon early this fall when doing yardwork beneath a canopy of large oak trees. Should there be concern?
Last year Garris reported a bumper crop of acorns, which scientists say may be one clue to this year's scarcity. Virginia extension agent Adam Downing said acorn production runs in cycles, so a lean year is normal after a year with a big crop. It fits with the physiology of seed reproduction. The trees are exhausted, energy wise, from last year. But even he is surprised at the complete absence of nuts in parts of Virginia. There are plenty of acorns in most of the state, but zero acorns in some pockets. Downing said recovery from last year's big crop, combined with a much wetter-than-usual spring, probably accounts for the acorn absence. Meteorologists say the Washington-Baltimore area saw about twice as much precipitation last May as normal.
Kate McNamee, who runs a Washington-area, volunteer tree-planting project called "Growing Native," lends specific numbers to the acorn shortage. Her group collects hardwood seeds and plants trees to protect rivers and streams in the Potomac River watershed. Even though this acorn shortage has not risen to the level of a crisis, scientists say it is important to watch closely. If the shortage continues for several years, other forces might be at work.
Garris said her observations got her thinking about other recent environmental issues. "I had read about the collapse of the bee colonies, and it made me wonder, is something else going on here? Could this be affecting other systems?" It's also hard to think of acorns without thinking about squirrels. What happens to them when their favorite food disappears? Some Eastern Seaboard residents have reported seeing skinny, aggressive squirrels devouring bird feed. Doug Inkley, senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation, said that wild animals can be resilient when their usual food sources go away. He cited a blight that destroyed 3.5 billion American chestnuts from 1900-1940, wiping out a common food source for squirrels, deer, mice and wild turkeys. But those animals adapted and survived.
Acorn (Oak Nut) Facts and Legends
From Acorn -> Oak -> Elm -> Cutting of the Elm at Gisors in 1188 the symbolic twins flames -> Prieure de Sion -> Knights Templar -> and all things related in the story/journey of Jesus and the bloodline.
A Star (Soul Spark) is born.
Tree of Life
Reality is myth, math, metaphor, and magic !
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