One of Tuleyome’s Board members had posted on FaceBook that this was a “mast year” for acorns. I didn’t know what that meant and was referred to an on-line article that explained it. “…You may have heard the term ‘a mast year’ for acorns. ‘Mast’ is defined in botanical terms ‘as the nuts or fruits of trees and shrubs, such as beechnuts, acorns, and berries that accumulate on the forest floor, providing forage for wildlife and people.’ The phrase ‘a good mast year’ refers to a year in which there is a heavy crop of ‘wild nuts…’” Y’know, I HAVE been noticing on my walks that the oak trees around here seemed really prolific this year. I’ll have to get more photos next time I’m out!