TRR photo by Ed Wesely
An oak apple gall, still attached to a leaf stem, lies on the forest floor next to a winged maple samara.

Oak “apples”

Hiking along the Delaware River near Martins Creek, PA last Sunday, my friend Devon Hogan and I found a bunch of green, crumpled tissue attached to bits of oak leaf. Strong winds that weekend had blown it from a nearby tree, where, torn and caked with grit, it seemed to Devon to be “pretty gross.”

Later, I returned Devon to her mother where we opened a bag of treasures from our hike and encountered the same “gross” tissue. Even my explaining that it had been an “oak apple” and might harbor an interesting wasp larva did not save it from being pitched out.

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The Copper John

“A fish story with visual proof is rare indeed.”

Red Smith

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