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Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Hibiscus Pods 22321bw” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

In the waning days of February 2021 my little slice of Appalachia is blessed with a warm front that calls me to a state of wanderlust. Not too far. Just a quick stroll around the yard to check out some of the changes that occurred during colder days. The little Hibiscus grove that will hosts so many butterflies in late spring stands in suspended animation with their pods fully open. In truth they appear as though they were growing in some far off exotic places or alien world. Almost ten years ago a terrible storm brought down some older trees and crushed the fully mature single tree that graced this spot. I thought for sure that it would be the end of this source of beauty but in response that tree began to replicate like wildfire and even sent new growth from the old moss covered stumps. Now when it’s in bloom there’s hardly a day that I don’t see either the butterflies or bees working the flowers. It’s because it’s own little forest. Looking at how much it’s spread always reminds me that the secret of success is simply not giving up. Even when you’re crushed by circumstances. Your roots are stronger than you think and sometimes it’s the very thing you thought would be the end that pushes you beyond the old boundaries.

Never give up friends. Good night and be blessed throughout your days.

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Forage Friday #96 Dead Nettle

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Purple Dead Nettle 22520” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Please remember that Forage Friday is presented as trivia and not to be mistaken for medical advice.

As the snow recedes in the lengthening light of the day the new plants stretch forth in anticipation of the sun’s warm caress. The leaves are soft and fuzzy and remind me of a knights heater shield. They’re long at tip and overlap the square stem like scales. Near the top the leaves seem to be stained red as if bloodstained and the redish purple flowers are trumpet shaped. This is a warrior’s herb. While it’s often confused with ground ivy and henbit it’s a plant all of its own.

Dead Nettle was introduced to North America by the colonists but I’m not sure if it was an accident or not. Many plants were brought over as hitchhikers but Dead Nettle may have been the guarded treasure of a healer. The plant was traditionally used to treat wounds and it’s astringent quality would help to control bleeding while it’s antimicrobial and antifungal quality would medigate infections. And because it’s also anti-inflammatory it would help to sooth a wound. Being a member of the mint family would mean that you might even try it on sore muscles or for arthritis. A tea made from the plant is said to be an effective laxative and diuretic.

The entire plant is edible but remember that it’s a very effective laxative and too much at once could have undesirable consequences. Most of the references list it as being “added to” something else like salads or stews. I have nibbled the raw plant and found that it’s flavor is rather mild. The fuzzy texture of the raw leaf is kinda strange at first but not too bad. The tops are kinda sweet wich makes up for the texture. But big benefit is in the nutritional value. Dead Nettle is very rich in vitamin C at a time of year when most people are deficit in vitamin C. In fact that’s true for a lot of the early spring and late winter herbs. It’s also rich in Iron and the seeds are said to have a good amount of antioxidants.

As always I do recommend doing further research on your own but the only warning I’m able to locate is in relation to the laxative effects of Dead Nettle. We’re at the time of year when most people begin thinking about the garden and Dead Nettle might be something that you want to allow to occupy a space on the edges of the property or in a container for tough times. If you actually put it in a garden plot it’s going to take over like all mints do so keep it separate.

Incidentally, tonight’s Feature Image was taken on February 25th 2020 in a spot that always produces before anywhere else.

That’s it for this week’s Forage Friday. Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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A Moment Of Peace On The Forest Edge

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Embraced 22321” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The afternoon sun gently settles onto the little forest sanctuary spot at the edge of my property. The thick carpet of moss is just starting to branch out and spore and soon the fiddleheads will break through the blanket of last year’s leaves. I’ve missed this spot with it’s fallen logs and trickling water. And ancient moss beds. There are just some places that seem to have a voice of their own. It’s in the sound of a stream and the rustling of leaves. The whistle of the breeze as it caresses bare limbs. Occasionally some of larger trees creak and groan and it’s easy to imagine how J.R.R. Tolkien heard the songs of the Ents in the forest. Looking towards the stream I spot the strand of moss climbing the limbs of one of the fallen trees. It curls around the weathered gray wood not in conquest but with a loving embrace. All of nature is in a state of harmony with its creator today. If one can learn to graciously accept all that’s offered then every need is met including that precious moment of peace and tranquility.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

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The First Bloom Of 2021

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “First Bloom 22321a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The wind rages on the ridges of my little slice of Appalachia. The tall timber sways in ever changing patterns as the gales attempt to wake them from their deep slumber. But beneath the shadow of the mountains a single ray of light has gently been coaxing my winter honeysuckle bush. I wander out along the edges between the forest and the yard and cautiously approach the bush so as not to disturb any of birds that like to nest in its tangled branches. It was when I saw the tiny white spots among the green leaves that I knew why I’d been called to this bush. The small dainty flowers were just starting to open up and that howling breeze now feels a little warmer.

Image Titled “Winter Honeysuckle 22321b”.

In her modest glory this honeysuckle bush never fails to be the first bloom on my place. It’s a major tickmark of my natural calendar that tells me to start getting things ready for the coming changes. She’ll soon be hosting the first bees to awaken which are usually the leafcutter bumblebees. They have a thicker fur than the others and are usually the first to leave the underground nests in the early part of the year. She’ll be ready and waiting to feed them as soon as they emerge. Typically we still have two more snowfalls before winter fades completely but it will be here before you know it.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

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Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographer

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The Embers In Late February

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Sleeping Embers 22321” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Deep beneath the ice and snow the embers sleep. All through the rain and wind they lay smoldering. The late winter winds push back the clouds as the sun beams down into the depths of their soul. The kindling has begun. The age old flame passed down from generations forgotten in the mists of the changing seasons is called upon to once again burn brightly against the cold dew of Spring. It will take a little while longer before they emerge. It’s still early and they are just embers for now but the buds are beginning to swell and in more or less 60 days the flame azaleas will burst forth like a phoenix and feed the new butterflies. But for now they smolder and gather strength from the changing sun.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251

Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographer

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