Acorns with Their Shingled Cups

September 24, 2013

Happy Autumn!

I’ve always found acorns to be quintessential symbols of autumn.  I enjoy painting them.

Watercolor sketch of five acorns

Watercolor sketch of five acorns

Watercolor sketch of another variety of acorn

Watercolor sketch of another variety of acorn

by Valerie Worth, from All the Small Poems and Fourteen More

An acorn
Fits perfectly
Into its shingled
Cup, with a stick
At the top.

Its polished
Nut curves
In the shape
Of a drop, drawn
Down to a thorn
At the tip,

And its heart
Holds folded
Thick white fat
From which
A marvelous
Tree grows up:

I think no better
Invention or
Mechanical trick
Could ever
Be bought
In a shop.



8 Responses to “Acorns with Their Shingled Cups”

  1. Elisa Says:

    I didn’t think about varieties!!! (i am berating me for looking stupid now, but–i know there are different types of oak, but it never occurred to me that the differing acorns was anything less than a growth cycle issue.) I’ll have to go look them up now to see! I am reading Ansel Adams’ autobiography this morning. I am only to chapter four and I have at least a week’s worth of investigating to do! I have never really seen the need to mark or notate in books but now I am beginning to see the point. So many new seeds for input! Hope you are well. I really like the brown shades.

    • Rosemary Says:

      According to Nancy Ross Hugo in the book Seeing Trees, there are about 70 varieties of oak trees in North America. I would love to paint the leaves and acorns of all these varieties.

  2. camilla wells paynter Says:

    Beautiful acorns! Rich colors, with an ineffable touch of whimsy!

  3. shoreacres Says:

    We have mostly live oak acorns around here, but there are other varieties. I’m anxious to see if the Ghirardi Compton Oak, which they moved to save, will be putting any out this year. If so, I’ll send you one!

    The other acorn mementos I have include two caps from the famous Bur Oak in Council Grove, Kansas. They’re quite large, about 2″ across. The acorns would have been about 2″ long. Here is the memorial plaque which marks the spot of the historic tree and tells just a bit about its significance.

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