Friday, September 11, 2009

Prunus salicina fruit before and after processing by a fox

Why do foxes always feel compelled to put their deposits on display? This is a pretty good sized rock with a nice flat surface but I've seen it done on much smaller more precarious perches!

I can't blame the fox for overeating, the plums are delicious. Betty, Eugenia, and Terri (Asian Collection Volunteers) have been monitoring their progress all summer. They're late this year and hundreds fell from the trees unripe. Three years ago there were so many plums that they broke a large branch on one tree. This year not so many.

I ate a few this afternoon but, remembering the foxes stool, was careful to spit out the pits.

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