I can see these hickory nuts in their spiny packages from the side deck.
I've only seen them in pictures until they're on the ground--usually empty shells--because you really can't see them looking up into the trees. Also, I've never lived near so many hickories before.
I'm looking downhill from the deck into the tops (and sides) of trees.
The question: how do I get to these before the squirrels, raccoons, and possums? It's a really steep bluff. I haven't been all the way to the bottom, but going down a little way requires holding onto trees while setting your feet sideways, and coming up must be done on all fours. Not a good position for searching for nuts on the ground. Plus, squirrels, raccoons, and possums all climb trees.