February 29, 2012

Water Chestnuts

Two weeks ago we were in Saugerties, NY, a little below Albany, on the Hudson River.  I already hinted at the strange seeds we found on the shore of the Hudson.  The seeds looked like devil seeds, all black, with points sticking out on three sides.  They are about 1 1/2 inch across, very uniform in size, and uniformly black.  We'd never seen anything like it.  And there were so many of them, that it really had us puzzled. We picked up a good handful of the seeds to take home, and marvel at them.

And then we got home, and I started my search.  But what do you start with?  Nothing I came up with even remotely got near any results, since I didn't even know where the seeds came from - the trees, a plant, the water, a ship, no clue!

Not until M suggested 'devil seed in the Hudson River' with images did I get results.
Turns out, it is an invasive plant here in the US.
Large Photo of Trapa natans
Steve Hurst @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

This is what the seeds look like, my photos aren't as good.
And if you are interested in the plant, here is more
 and if you are interested in reading more about it, here is the website for Trapa Natans.
We found the seed  ----- no, this didn't work, sorry!  But if you google light house, Saugerties, NY, you'll get an idea where that is.  And do visit, it's just beautiful along the Hudson.

This past weekend?  Oh, lunch with friends, a visit to a hiking/outdoor store where I got a fabulous goose down jacket (light as could be) for half price, a visit to I.KEA (first for M), and the movies!  We saw 'Act of Valor', on the spur of the moment, and we liked it.  A lot.
Sunday we had a visit from two little boys who brought their parents and their dog, and we loved hanging out with them!

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