Osage orange decays

On November 10th, I set an Osage orange fruit on the corner of my deck.

Nov. 10, 2013

Nov. 10, 2013

I cut it to see inside the softball-sized fruit.

November 10, 2013

November 10, 2013

Time passed.

November 16

November 16

November 23

November 23

The fruit got frosted.

November 29

November 29

December 7

December 7

December 14

December 14

The fruit got iced.

December 21

December 21

The fruit got snowed on.

December 24

December 24

And the snow melted.

December 28

December 28

UPDATED: The freezing and thawing of the fruit continued through this long, cold, snowy winter in Northern Illinois.

January 6, 2014

January 6, 2014

The fruit continued to change shape, and the cracks in the larger half deepened.

January 7

January 7

January 11

January 11

Apparently, there were also pooping birds:

January 19

January 19

January 25

January 25

January 27

January 27

To the north east of my deck, construction of a neighboring house continued, slowly, through the winter.

February 2

February 2

This photo was taken during a falling of fluffy snowflakes.

February 8

February 8

February 15

February 15

February 22

February 22

March 1

March 1

March 7

March 7

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.

March 15

March 15

March 28

March 28

April 12

April 12

Snows still came well into the spring season this year.

April 14

April 14

May 3

May 3

May 26

May 26

And recent observations show the fruits to be much grayer, smaller, and lighter-weight than they had been.

July 18

July 18

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.

July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

One response to “Osage orange decays

  1. Reblogged this on MonkeyMoonMachine and commented:

    Here is an update of a photo sequence first posted last December.

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