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Life Begins Anew

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As the new light fills my landscape the waking forest begins to send out new life. For the first year ever my volunteer apple tree has produced bloom on every branch. The sweet blossoms are absolutely alive with bumblebees. These little wonders are seeing the world for the first time. Most queen bumblebees nest underground in winter in a borrowed hole. It’s in that dark underground place where they lay and tend the new life that is to emerge in Spring. When the brood hatches they collect pollen and nectar to bring back to hive.

With this being Easter weekend the symbolism isn’t lost on me. Jesus also borrowed a hole in the ground where he brought forth new life. I’ve often contemplated that the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter morning had to be the darkest day in history. To the natural world there had been a darkness that fell across the land and an earthquake that destroyed the temple. The believers had seen the Messiah slain and sealed in a tomb. But much like the new light of Spring and the new life emerging from the ground Christ arose and with him a new world for mankind. Not a word ran by the law of man but by the Grace of God and merciful judgment. And just like the new brood of bumblebees we are new eyes exploring a new world.

Happy Easter friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Forage Friday #101 Hazelnut

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Hazelnut Catkins 32321a”

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

The idea of Forage Friday for me was part of a challenge to at least 100 useful plants growing near my home and learn as much as I can about them. Now this is Forage Friday post number 101 but since over the past couple of years I’ve missed a post here and there we haven’t quite reached 100 plants. With that said, I plan to continue the series past 100. Forage Friday may take different forms here and there when something isn’t in season or just can’t be located but my goal is to learn how to identify and use as much from nature as possible. We’ll probably even look at meat sometime in the future. But for now, let’s get onto #ForageFriday number 101, Hazelnut.

If you’re like me, when you think of Hazelnut your first thoughts are about the delicious, thin shelled nuts that turn up in the produce aisle at Christmas. But, Hazelnut has something to offer in early Spring too. Hazelnut Catkins. If you’ve never eaten catkins before you might have to adjust your expectations a little. I think that the best description I’ve seen is “mildly bitter with the texture of sawdust”. It makes you wonder why people would eat them but going by the time of year when they’re available I’d say they were a bit of an emergency food used to stretch out thinning supplies. And since they are a pollen producing structure it’s a safe bet that they’re protein rich. The only catkins I’ve personally sampled were birch and the experience wasn’t really all that great. However, that was raw and fresh from the twigs. One online source staid that dropping them into boiling water makes them release all their pollen at once and when mixed with honey it improves the flavor quite a bit. Several trees in Appalachia have catkins and are out this time of year. The hazelnut is kind enough to give us an easy to spot clue as to its identity. If you look closely at the Featured image you’ll see tiny little pinkish red flowers that are just out of focus. ( there’s a wild rose with red buds and leaves as well). The female flowers on hazelnut are born on little cones that are tipped with these flowers. They are entirely pollinated by the wind so they don’t need large flowers to attract insects. They also need different varieties present to ensure pollination. Even though a single tree has both male and female flowers they cannot self pollinate.

The catkins are said to have some medicinal values. They are astringent so a strong tea would most likely be good for the skin as a wash. They promote healthy sweating and thus help flush out toxins. They are said to reduce fever as well as having been used to sooth toothache.

Of course the nut is still what they’re famous for. Like all nuts hazelnut is rich in protein and oil. Here’s the breakdown for 1 ounce of hazelnuts.

176 calories

17 grams of fat

4.2 grams of protein

4.7 carbohydrates

2.7 grams of fiber

21% of a days worth of vitamin E

12% of your Thiamine and Magnesium

24% of your daily copper intake

And 81% of the Manganese you need in a day.

Hazelnuts are known to have phytic acid which is believed to inhibit the absorption of Zinc and iron so like with everything else moderation is important.

The hazelnut is also rich in polyphenols. According to Government Statistics they are the richest of the tree nuts in these compounds that may help prevent things like heart disease and cancer.

Hazelnut milk sounds like an awesome idea for those who like cream in their coffee. There’s plenty of online recipes but the basics are the same for any nut milk.

Place a small amount of nuts in a bowl with water ( filtered or distilled ). Allow to soak overnight and blend. Then strain and add a little vanilla.

While doing my online research I stumbled across this lady who was making a German Hazelnut Cake! The hazelnuts provide the flour.

Recently, almonds have come under a little fire because they’re farmed in areas where water is a bit more of a premium resource. I’ve stated privately that in my area you can almost poke a hole in the ground anywhere and hit water and we have strip mines that once they’re rehabilitated are begging for a purpose. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to transform a piece of barren land into a renewable resource and source of food as well as economic growth? Assuming that the land is ready for planting hazelnuts on the average produce the first marketable crop within 5 years as opposed to 20 or 30 years for timber. If you can inoculate the grounds with the right symbiotic fungus that produce edible mushrooms your harvest could be sooner and self-sustaining.

Image Titled “Hazelnut Catkins 32321b”.

Lastly, I’d be doing the topic of hazelnut an injustice if I didn’t at least touch on coppicing. Hazelnut is one of those trees that loves to be cut. The practice of coppicing hazelnut has been around since ancient times. When done right it actually extends the life of the tree and increases it’s productivity. The parts that regrow are generally referred to as “rods”. The grow back straighter and stronger. The rods were used for everything from walking sticks to woven wall panels. Walls were made by weaving a kind of oversized wicker panel and coated with cob ( a mixture of straw and clay ) similar to some of the early homes in Appalachia. The hazelnut rods also provided flat bows and arrows as well firewood.

Coppicing was also used to create living fences in western Europe. As I understand it each village even had its own style and patterns to the fence. The basic technique was to only partially cut the hazelnut tree and the weave the living stock into the hedge row. Because the tree was still alive it would continue to grow and send out branches that strengthened the wall.

That’s about it for tonight friends. Good night 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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Emerging Life In Spring 2021

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Even as the cold wind stirs and fills the skies with snowflakes new life continues to grow in my forest. The green leaves have heard the call of the sun’s golden voice and they refuse to be put back to sleep. The time of doing has come and the job of the trees is catch the new light. April showers will be here soon and the light empowers the forest to soak up the water and cast it back to the sky through their leaves. So the leaves must open in their season. Even with the tiniest of green returning to my world I somehow feel renewed myself. It’s time to shake off the stale air of the indoors and smell the fresh earth after the rain. And to look with childlike wonderment at the small things as they go about unencumbered by the desires of mankind. The green buds and the full leaves that follow are one of my favorite markers on my natural calendar. Soon I should start seeing the minnows in my creek and the return of the Heron that silently strolls through its shoals. The heart awakens with the mountains!

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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Embracing The Light

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The tranquil flow of the water fills my ears as I walk along the edge of creek. My only blooming daffodil hasn’t fully opened yet but I can’t really blame her. I like to sleep in too. The box elder and Buckeye are really starting to green up and today I found a small ring neck snake curled up under a sign that had fallen. The little snake was barely two inches long and a little chilled from the cool night air. I gently lifted him from the ground and placed him under a fallen tree to find shelter before replacing the sign. Bye and bye the warm light begins to spill over the mountains and find the spot that has become my forest sanctuary. The small mottled leaves that I found pushing their way through the forest floor a mere week ago are now fully open and a golden bloom has risen from their base. The leaves seem to stretch out like open arms that embrace the new light. The life of a trout lily is short but it’s learned that a full life comes from the new light and it fully receives what is given. And thus it’s short life is a full life and well lived.

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.

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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.

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Awaiting Splendor

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The Spring day is warm but mingled with the occasional cool breeze as Old Man Winter prepares his final assault on my mountains. The old saying goes that if March comes in like a lamb it goes out like a lion. Even so, nature readies herself for the days of splendor when the forest seems to awaken all at once. The apples are nearly in full bloom but the cold snap ahead shouldn’t be too harmful. I’ve already noticed the bumblebees diligently visiting the open bloom. And there’s more. The purple tinge all along the edges of my forest tells me that the redbud is waiting for the sun to signal that it’s time to burst forth into glory. The redbud packs clusters of buds in every spot along each little twig and sometimes on its trunk. The honey sweet flowers will be everywhere this year! Don’t be discouraged by the last snowfall if it comes your way. It’s just Old Man Winter making noise as he returns North until the long nights come in late Fall.

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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