Being Sunshine

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Because you smiled my day got better.

Because you spoke I was encouraged.

Because you acted my life improved.

Because you cared I learned my value.

It’s the light inside you that warms the world around you.

The value of good will should never be discounted in any life. When you read the short poem above what did you picture in your mind? I’m guessing that most people had the image of a young couple. Perhaps on a special day. Or was it an older couple in their twilight years when every minute counts and the need to express love and adoration for each other while they’re still together is prominent. But what if these words were spoken to a pastor who’d spent his life serving a congregation. Let’s add one more perspective. How about we say these words to a neighbor who was always there when the chips were down? What if we become that neighbor. You see, there are many types of love. But the actions are simple. It’s that opportunity to show that person that they’re accepted and that they belong that makes a difference in their life.

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Hunters In The Marsh

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled Red-winged Blackbird In Willow 63020a ” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The season of the sun continues and the days are hot by the little highland delta. Throughout the marsh the heat has drawn out the blue dragons that hover and dart above the reeds. But these dragons are not reptiles that breath fire. Instead they are tiny living gemstones with lacy wings. They go above the water with their compound eyes bringing the whole world in focus. He is on the hunt for the mosquitoes as they dip into the water to lay their eggs. His keen eyes see the most insignificant changes in the angle of the sun and they have revealed a shadow lurking in the willow. And the hunter becomes the hunted. Immediately the tiny wings shift and straight line flown by the tiny dragon becomes an S pattern as he dives for the reeds. The dark hunter bolts from willow owning the sky as a shark owns the waves of sea. The sharp beak snaps as the tiny dragon shifts his flight pattern once more narrowly escaping the dark predator who turns on a dime to continue pursuit above the marsh. There’s another snap of the beak and the very tip of the tiny dragon’s wing is caught. Adrenaline surges through his body as he struggles to free himself from the vise-like grip of the bird’s beak. But it’s no use. He’s caught and his heart sinks as he prepares to give into fate. As the bird changes course back his perch in the shade of the willow he attempts to better his grip on the wing and the tiny dragon finds himself falling into marsh with bird diving to recover his his fumbled prize. With renewed vigor the tiny wings buzz to life and the tiny dragon is airborne once more. The bird just manages to pull out of the dive before hitting the water and when he looks up he sees the blue gemstone like body of the dragonfly disappear among the reeds. The bird circles a few times but he’s an experienced hunter and knows that he’s been bested. The Red-winged Blackbird returns to his perch in the willow and the photographer who witnessed the drama raises his lens and captures the image.

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A Day On Peter’s Creek With The Quiet Ones

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Days are special in my Appalachian Mountains. I have really become accustomed to the reletive isolation and tranquillity. I sat next to the country road and listed as a bluebird made his calls going from branch to branch. I could only catch a flicker of blue feathers through the canopy. However that wonderful song in the warm breeze is still carried in my heart. As I open my ears and draw the song into my soul I also find a few gold finches on the other side of creek. They too stay deep in the leaves. I take a deep breath and pull in the scent of rich earth on the edge of the forest. With my eyes closed I can feel the rays of the sun gently caress my face. The wings of a grasshopper buzz by my ear as he floats over my shoulder and towards the bright yellow flowers to my right.
Soft and delicate the flowers just seemed to be quietly waiting to be noticed. Who am I to deny them the adoration they deserve?

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Orange Lily A Pretty Face But Little Else

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The heat of the late June sun floods the ground and wakes the Summer blooms. They rise from the sides of the roads and creek banks hillsides. Subtlety at first. They’re almost unnoticed except for the vigilant eyes of the wanderer who craves the interesting things. Then in a concert of brilliant color the flowers reveal themselves to all who pass by.

While beautiful to look at and useful in controlling erosion the Orange Lily is considered to be an invasive species by some. Like many of the invasivespecies it comes from Asia. While most of the time I try to look on the bright side of non native species the Orange Lily has little to offer wildlife. The flowers are dry and produce no nectar or pollen for bees and butterflies. The deer don’t eat the vegetation. Humans can consume the flowers and tubers in small quantities but there’s a danger to your pets. If your pets eat this plant it’s recommend to give the activated charcoal immediately and call a vet.

But the desire for that mid summer color still remains. So here’s an idea.

Plant yellow coneflower instead. Orange trumpet vine is a beautiful native species (in the eastern U.S.) that attracts and feeds hummingbirds and butterflies. Scarlet Beebalm is a native reletive of mint that not only feeds bees, butterflies and hummingbirds but also gives you a tea that’s very much like a fine Earl Grey and will fill your landscape with that same aroma.

I do enjoy the visual of the Orange Lily when I see them but having learned that they don’t have as much to offer as the natives I think I’ll look for the other options.

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Silky Dogwood

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The late June sun burns hot in the sky as the big blue truck rolls to a stop on Muddelty Creek. The little highland delta has been a bountiful place to find photo ops. Last year I spotted a plant that I had a bit of a challenge to identify. The leaves were opposite of each other and occurring in matched pairs. They had parllel veins and were ovoid. The bark had little blocks all along the more mature parts of the tree and the twigs were reddish. Everything about the tree said Dogwood but the flowers. It was not only the wrong time of year for Dogwood but they were also the wrong size and shape. The tiny blooms were born in umbels and looked more like an Elderberry than a Dogwood.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 61620a” showing the immature bloom.

I have kept an eye on the the small bush growing in mud on the edge of the swamp. It was impossible to get a look at the leaf scar without sinking to my waist in the muck. So the key would be to watch the growth to see what it becomes.

I eventually resorted to the Google Lens app to point me in the right direction. I have guide books on top of guide books that I’m certain would have eventually yielded the correct answer but the app saves me hours of turning pages. As it turns out, this is a Dogwood after all. It is a Silky Dogwood. A tree that I was probably told about earlier in many forestry class but otherwise was unknown to me. What was more amazing was that it’s growing in such wet conditions and thriving.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 61620b” with the marsh in the background.

The tree actually goes by several common names. Red Willow ( though not a member of the willow family) and Squawbush are a couple of the more interesting. They also call the tree “Kinnikinnik” which as I understand it is an Algonquin word that means “Things that are mixed together”. In fact the natives called several plants by this name that were used for tobacco. Native Americans didn’t often smoke pure tobacco as people do today. It was more of an herbal mix that wasn’t really inhaled into the lungs as much as it was held in the mouth and let out while speaking. The story goes that the smoke carried your words to the gods and if you lied the gorget around your neck would choke you. Therefore the peace pipe was employed as a lie detector. I have no knowledge if Silky Dogwood was actually part of the mix but given that the name was given to the bush it’s a possibility.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 61620c” showing the new shoots growing around a mature bush.

I didn’t really see any mature Silky Dogwood that was straight but as you can see in the photo on the right the suckers tend to be very straight. I have a feeling that the natives may have used them to make arrows as was done with other Dogwood species.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 63020a”.

So excited by my new discovery I went to Wikipedia and began to read. I was surprised to find that unlike other Dogwood species the berries of silky Dogwood are blue and not red. The entry says that Silky Dogwood is often used as an ornamental shrub but that the downside is that the blue berries are so popular with the wildlife that they often destroy the plant to get to them. A preliminary search shows that the berries are maybe good for humans too so there may be a Forage Friday post concerning Silky Dogwood in the Fall.

For now I think I might add to my list of shrubs and trees for landscape on my property. If nothing else it’s a beautiful tree and will help attract more birds to enjoy at my window.

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