|Brittle and papery bladdernut pods still cling to the tree in the dead of winter.|
|...aglow in the late afternoon sun, this bladdernut pod stands out in the winter landscape.|
|Bladdernut pods rattled in the winter wind as I walked past them on the trail. The small seeds inside the papery pods create the pretty rattle sound when the pods are shaken.|
|A fallen bladdernut pod in fresh snow.|
|Bladdernut trees are actually large shrubs. They rarely get more than 15-20 feet high. Here you see one of the "trees" in the colony. The rest are further down the slope, closer to the river.|
|Bladdernut seed cases in winter.|
|As winter moves into spring, the brown papery cases start to break down, and eventually, the seeds fall out and onto the ground.|
Warmer temperatures are right around the corner, so I'll keep watch on the bladdernut trees and get photos of the flowers this spring and the light green seed cases this summer. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flower, and maybe I'll get lucky this spring...I'd love to watch a hummingbird sipping nectar from the tiny bells!