On November 10th, I set an Osage orange fruit on the corner of my deck.
I cut it to see inside the softball-sized fruit.
The fruit got frosted.
The fruit got iced.
The fruit got snowed on.
And the snow melted.
UPDATED: The freezing and thawing of the fruit continued through this long, cold, snowy winter in Northern Illinois.
The fruit continued to change shape, and the cracks in the larger half deepened.
Apparently, there were also pooping birds:
To the north east of my deck, construction of a neighboring house continued, slowly, through the winter.
This photo was taken during a falling of fluffy snowflakes.
Occasionally, one or both pieces of the Osage orange would fall off the deck railing after a storm, and I would replace the pieces on the deck. In the picture below, I’ve turned them over to show what was happening where the oranges contacted the wood.
Snows still came well into the spring season this year.
And recent observations show the fruits to be much grayer, smaller, and lighter-weight than they had been.
And in the background, the new house to the left (north) below has been completed, and another house to the right (east) has been begun.