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A Beckoning

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled ” Philadelphia Fleabane 52620a”

The soft breeze stirs up the scent of pollen hanging in the humid air. The the little fleabane flowers sway and dance as if they can hear the angels sing in unison. All of glory responds to the summons with a voice unheard by human ears but felt on the soul. A beckoning if you will. Still the mind and open up the door for the king of glory desires your company today. The dust of yesterday in the corners are of no consequences. He only wishes to share breath today, And every day after.

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Encountering Tadpoles

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Tadpoles 52620a” all of the photos are my original work and are available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

There’s nothing that says you’ve had a childhood in the country like catching tadpoles. When I was a kid it was still common for teachers in Grade School ( Elementary School in some parts of the world) to lead children on a field trip to a pond or a large mud puddle to catch tadpoles and teach us about life sciences. Frogs and Toads start life as herbivores. They eat the algae that grows in the pond or in the case of tonight’s feature image the mud puddle. Contrary to popular belief not all species of tadpoles eat mosquitoes. Only the spadefoot toad and certain types of tree frogs eat mosquitoes. I suppose that means that if you bought bullfrogs or leopard frogs for your landscape pond and wondering why you still have mosquitos it’s because they are the wrong species.

Image Titled “Tadpoles 52620b”

In order for the tadpoles to survive the water hole has to be stable. It takes about 12 weeks for them to be able to survive on dry land. The main reason why transplantation of tadpoles is discouraged today is because of the possibility of transplanting waterborne weeds and diseases with them. However, I have to question how the weeds and diseases survive in a puddle that might only last a few days.

Image Titled “Pollywog 52620a” showing the size as relevant to a U.S. quarter.

As I approached the mud puddle to get a better look at the tadpoles every pebble on the ground sprung to life! No bigger than a kernel of corn the pollywogs began running from the giant. I knew that if I wanted a closeup without squishing them all I’d need to get creative. So I tossed a quarter onto the ground and attached my long lens to the camera. I realized that the pollywogs were queuing on my shadow so I moved around a bit and used my shadow to drive this little guy close to the quarter without squishing his brothers and sisters.

Aside from eating pests frogs and toads are important to medical science. In full disclosure I only skimmed the article but Tadpoles are being studied to help organ transplant patients.

Decades ago a Russian scientist discovered that certain frogs have a substance called Magainin after the Hebrew word for shield. The substance was reported to be like kryptonite against bacteria, fungi and viruses. They even developed a topical ointment that helped heal diabetic ulcers however the FDA rejected the application because there was already a product on the market that worked. However, academics still keep the research alive so maybe one day we’ll have a choice in which medications we allow into our own bodies.

As I write this article I have a Gray Tree Frog singing outside my office window and I wonder if it’s the same one from last year. I’m not sure what kind of frog or toad these tadpoles will turn into. Just judging by the size I’m guessing that they are tree frogs. The puddle was on the fringe of woodlands and wetlands so they might be leopard frogs. Either way the encounter took me back in time 40 years when my brother and I would dip mason jars into a local pond or mud puddle and discovering that it was teaming with life.

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Forage Friday #59 Sweet Cicely.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Sweet Cicely 51920”. This photo was taken specifically for Forage Friday. All of the photos found on my blog are my original work and are available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

Sweet Cicely is often overlooked except by fishermen who know it’s secret. The herb has a strong Anise flavor and is often incorporated into chum of made into a liquid to spray on artificial lures. Some of the old timers would swear by their Anise. The common creek chub here ( also known as a Red Fin Sucker ) isn’t considered to be a game fish so there’s less restrictions on the harvest. Most people go after the little ones to use as bait fish but they do get pan sized in some streams. And you can’t really tell the difference between this little member of the carp family and tilapia which is also a type of carp. Where the Sweet Cicely comes in is a coworker a long time ago who saved an empty soda bottle and drilled holes in it with a hot wire. He’d place his secret “anise mix” in the bottle along with something to weigh it down. With a string tired to the bottle to keep it from washing away He’d toss it into the water and them approach from downstream with a large gig and hunt the chubs that were attracted to the anise smell.

Traditionally, the root can be cooked as a vegetable and fed to people who are having trouble gaining weight.

The stems are also eaten in the same way while the leaves and unripe seeds are used for their anise flavor.

Neduxinally, sweet cicely is for sure throats and coughs by simply chewing on the root. And it’s used on simple skin ailments like boils. A tea made from the roots has also been used to sooth sore eyes.

A major word of caution when dealing with any member of the parsley family. It would be really easy to confuse it with poison hemlock which has purple spots and hollow stems & roots.

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Forget-Me-Not

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Elkanah Devine sat on the edge of the little stream that fed his farm. He tossed small pebbles into the as he thought. He’d spent several years hacking brush piles and cultivating the soil. The modest log cabin was built by hand with the help of his father and brother. Having received the land and cattle from his father as a start in his own life he had no debts on his farm. He had managed to make a decent amount of profit in his first year and in his second season he purchased the wedding ring. Adelaide was a good wife. They had grown up together and the relationship had come a long way from their first encounter when he dipped the very tip of her braid in the inkwell on his school desk. He was pretty sure that she had forgiven him by their first dance at the harvest party. The trickling of the stream continued to be a hymn in his ears as he contemplated the choices that would change their lives forever. Being a godly man he had spent the past several days in prayer and he knew what he had to do. What he must do. With a heavy heart he pulled out silver locket from hos shirt pocket. He’d dug into his savings on his last trip off of the mountain and purchased the gift to soften the blow when he told her. He spotted the small blue flowers near the water’s edge. He had presented her with a bouquet of these very same flowers when they started courting and again when he proposed. A tear fell into the mud as he plucked a few.

Image Titled “Forget-Me-Not 52620b”

Elkanah made his way into the house and explained his decision to join the other soldiers from their area and fight for Virginia. War was coming wether they wanted it of not and the only thing he could do was defend the land. Adelaide resisted but she knew that what he said was true. As they cried together she opened the silver locket and placed a few of the flowers inside and then she noticed the inscription. “Forget Me Not”. Adelaide had no words. She didn’t need to speak for Elkanah could read her heart in her eyes. She left the room for a moment and returned to present Elkanah with a lock of hair bound with red yarn. The hair was stained with ink and looked to several years old. Tugging at the chain on Elkanah’s belt she pulled his watch from his pocket and placed the hair in the chamber on the back.

The next morning Elkanah rode out to the soldier’s camp and signed up to fulfill gi s duty.

At their first engagement Elkanah heard the pop of a rifle and the hiss of a minie ball before it impacted his left leg in the thigh. The world went dark as he lay on the forest floor bleeding from the snipers shot. He remembered the voices in the dark and the doctors debating if they should remove the leg. Eventually, he woke up in the prison hospital and there he would spend the rest of the Civil War. But as far as prisoners of war go he was treated well. The doctor managed to save his leg and had even arranged for him to spend most of the war right there in prison hospital. Elkanah’s knowledge of the Bible and general good nature allowed him to serve as a minister for the other prisoners.

When the war ended Elkanah found himself limping home. A lot of the landmarks had changed but the terrain was the same. His beard had grown long and streaked with grey. He weighed about 2/3 what he did before he left home and a good portion of that was recovered weight gained on the voyage home. As he walked he heard the sound of a wagon roll up behind him. A woman and her daughter were out alone. The child was very young. She couldn’t have been any older than 5 years. But Elkanah was looking into the sun and couldn’t really make out much detail about them. The woman spoke and offered Elkanah a ride and a meal in exchange for few chores at her homestead. Elkanah agreed as he climbed up in the back of the wagon. As he road along the little girl climbed into the back with him and gave him a small blue flower. It was a little ragged from being handled by such a young toddler but it made Elkanah smile in earnest for the first time since he rode out on that fateful morning. “Forget-Me-Not” the little girl said. That’s what mommy calls them. They go in her locket. Elkanah gasps and called for the woman to stop the wagon which she did. “Adelaide!?” He cried as he ran around to the font if wagon. Adelaide leaped from the driver’s seat and met him halfway. His long hair and beard had hidden his face from her but when he called her name she knew his voice. “But your daughter?” He stammered with his eyes on the child still in the back of wagon. “Your child.” Adelaide replied. “I didn’t know until a month after you left.” Elkanah embraced his whole family and when they got to the modest cabin and it’s farmland the little blue flowers were planted everywhere they would grow. Elkanah learned that every night at bedtime Adelaide had opened the locket and told their daughter stories about her father so that if the worst happened he would not be forgotten.

The flowers in tonight’s feature image are Forget-Me-Not. There’s several stories about the origin of the name and the most popular ends with a man whose last act as he drownds is to toss the flowers to his lady in the shore and cry out “Forget me not!” I don’t really like sad endings so I created my own version based on a young husband in the American Civil War.

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Wilderness Escape

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A woodpecker’s laughing call echoes through the forest as I settled into the hollow space between the logs. The weather has warmed up enough that I have to check the spot to make sure that I’m not disturbing a snake that’s hiding from the sun underneath. I have always thought of these little places that I go as thinking spots or forest sanctuaries. But the real truth is that I try to do more listening than I do thinking. I listen to the birds or the wind or water. Sometimes I track bees by sound. I let the sounds of the natural world sweep away the noise of the modern world. If the eyes are the windows of the soul then the ears are the door. The many voices of modern world speak to us in tones of fear, anger and distrust. Is it really any wonder why there’s so many troubled souls in the world? Some things are important it’s true but the constant drone of the news and the ads etc are bound to put a person’s spirit under siege. I have realized that while working from home has been a blessing in my life it’s also disrupted that quiet time that I enjoyed while on the road. So today I pushed back and pushed back hard. I went out and spent most of the day doing nothing without the voices of the modern world. I realize that some people don’t have the opportunity for escape into the wilderness but you can pull up a sound track and put the ear buds in and maybe open a window if you can’t go outside and just grab as much peace and quiet as you can. The modern world will just have to wait.

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Master Of The Sky

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The strong thermals rise from the ground like tiny tornadoes. The humidity brought on by the short but intense rain gives weight to the rising air mass. For you and I the storm is over but for the the butterfly the aftermath of the turbid air is still a challenge. He sails in without any fear or even the slightest bit of concern. Though tattered and torn his wings still command a mastery of the sky. He senses the warm sun on his wings and the hot plumes rising from the ground glow in his vision. His antennas are capable of smell and he’s attuned to the pool of water below. He weaves through the thermals with the ease of an acrobat until he’s lined up with the one open space near the pool. A few of the other patrons rise from the ground with a simple twitch of the wings but all that’s needed to avoid a mid air collision is a subtle rocking motion. He skimmed the water and with a twitch of his own wings lands squarely on his mark. He is of course a master of the sky.

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The Moment Of Living

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As the sun beams down on my little slice of Appalachia between two mountains I wander around the lawn just taking time to center myself. Almost two full months without any daily commute has left me rested but feeling a little constrained. I stood out next my Flame Azalea and closed my eyes to listen for what the wind might whisper of the outside world. The warblers and wrens are busy building and maintaining their nests. The little fly catchers that seem to nest on my downspout every year have a nest full of hungry babies. Further up the mountain a woodpecker is putting on a drum solo that would be the envy of any rock concert. I removed my shoes so that I could feel the cool earth beneath my feet. The ground is alive with unseen and wondrous things. Things that reach and grow and connect with all of God’s creation. The wind speeds up and plays with my hair for only a moment’s teasing as clouds begin to roll in. I can smell the ozone left behind by the lightning and a distinct thunder shakes a neighboring mountain. I opened my eyes to see the new spring leaves turn themselves in preparation for the rain.

Image Titled “Flame Azalea 51920e”.

I caught the flash of the second lightning bolt and counted as 10 seconds passed by. The storm is 10 miles down river. The humid breeze shifts slightly wafting the sweetness of the Azalea my way. I have a few minutes of peace before the weather rolls in and I use the time to get lost in the sea of bloom on the little bush. Now fully open the Azalea is working as hard as it can to draw the pollinators in. Once it has reached this stage the flowers will fall away to make room for the lush green leaves.

The seasons are shorter than we’ve ever suspected and soon the storms will change the world again. I have learned that the time to appreciate life is always now. We have only this moment to live in there’s no time to mourn tomorrow’s loss without giving up today’s joy.

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