Winter gum balls

Even though there was not much snow in our big winter storm this past weekend, there was a nice white background to set bits of nature that are still visible.  This is one of those things that I find interesting but also kind of hate.  The Sweet-gum trees in my yard always have these spiky little seed pods in the fall.  sweetgum-warning1

Neat to look at but when they fall all over the
yard, they are a pain!  (That can be literally, if
you step on them.)  I wouldn’t mind so much except that they seem to collect and never go away.  I often try to rake them up but that is no easy task.  They tend to get embedded in the grass or ground and do their best to hang on to wherever they fall.  I suppose they will get hacked up by the lawnmower eventually but of course, they will probably break something in the process as the little projectiles are pretty dangerous.

Oh well, I guess we just have to take nature for what it is and be careful when walking barefoot.

Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
35mm @ f/7.1 –  1/20 sec – ISO 200