In Mississippi, they are known as bean trees (sometimes smoking bean trees because it looks like there are cigars hanging on the branches when the bean pods are mature). And the catawba worms that live in the leaves are supremely effective fish bait. I'm guessing that catawba is closer to the original Cherokee pronunciation of catalpa. Don't know what the word meant in Cherokee though.
A beautiful photograph, Lucy.
Perfect quote for the photograph.
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