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Forage Friday #21 Water Hemlock

Hello friends!Tonight’s feature image is titled Water Hemlock 7319″. Although this particular image was taken specifically for this article all of the photos are my original work and are available as prints by following the instructions at the bottom of the article.

⚠️Water Hemlock is a toxic look-alike of several wild edible plants and can kill you.

I have to admit that I only have a trivial knowledge of Socrates. I know that he wrote several plays and was a philosopher in ancient Greece. I know that he bucked the system and was ultimately executed for political Discord under the guise of religious heresy. And, a I know that his method of execution was the famous hemlock tea.

Throughout my Forage Friday posts I’ve made references to Hemlock. It’sa dangerous look-alike of Yarrow, Parsnip, Angelica, Queen Anne’s Lace and several others. So when I happened to spot Water Hemlock growing in a ditch I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to show the face of why I’m so cautious about certain plants. The active component of the poison is Cicutoxin and the Wikipedia entry says it all. It’s a neurotoxin that shuts down the respiratory system. The description of the effects are brutal and even with the aid of modern medicine the odds of survival are low. Wikipedia also states that it’s used to treat certain types of cancer but is quick to point out that there’s no citation for those entries.

I probably should have included photos of the chambered roots. The hollow tubers contain a yellow liquid that soon turns red when exposed to the air.

Zooming in on the stems (which are also hollow) shows another tell tale sign of purple splotches. Especially where the leaf connects to the stem.

Foraging for food is a rewarding experience and the skills gained not only makes us more independent but also gives us a closer connection to history. However, there are hazards to prepare for and if there’s any doubt about what you’ve found it’s best error on the side of caution and toss it out.

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Out For A Drive

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Homeward Bound” and is available for purchase by following the instructions at the bottom of the article.

I love the opportunityfor just taking long slow drive on a quiet back road. If you know me personally that thought might make you laugh little for two reasons.

1. My daily commute is long and I’m constantly stating that I need to find a way to eliminate it.

2. During my commute I have tendency to… well, “Take full advantage of the throttle.”

But there’s a huge difference between going out for drive and having to drive.

Having to drive means maintaining a schedule and being there on time.

Getting to drive means that you’re just out for journey and you’ll be there when you get there. If there’s even a there to be at.

I loathe the first one but the second choice is something special. It’s an expression of freedom. It means that my time is my own. If I want to pull over and spend the next hour photographing a flower that’s growing in the ditch there’s little or no consequences for the delay.

West Virginia has no shortage of quiet little one and two lane roads. They wind their ways through the mountains past picturesque farms and deep forests. If you know the back roads there’s grand views from ridge tops and quiet streams in the valley below. We miss so much at seventy miles per hour on the interstates.

For a long time now I’ve had the urge to leave the freeway and just see where the little side roads take me. I want to find that road that has no painted lines and discover the wonderful treasures hidden between the hills.

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Delta Waves In Blue A Dreamworld Experience

A quick note to some of my newer followers. Occasionally I capture an image that is so surreal that it inspires a tale that can only happen in my wildest dreams. Tonight’s feature image was taken on the Kanawha River of the summer sky reflected in the water above the hydroelectric plant at Kanawha Falls.

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Delta Waves In Blue” and is available for purchase by following the instructions at the bottom of the article.

When my eyes opened I found myself laying in the cool grass beneath a large oak tree. The large oak tree seemed to whisper in the breeze welcoming me back to the dreamworld. I smiled as I rose to my feet in one motion and was walking. As I stepped the ground seemed to fall away from underneath me and before I could react I was swimming in the sky. The clouds parted in my wake and sent ripples across the deep blue plane. That was when I spotted the comet skipping along the surface. As the comet passed by I heard it giggle and decided to join in on the fun. A game of follow the leader ensued as I chased the comet. We bounced off of the clouds. It was like being inside a pinball machine. We zipped up and zoomed down until we passed the top of my mountains. There on the highest peak was the whispering oak. It’s time to come home.” He said softly. With one last long loop I circled the ridge and waved goodbye to the comet. The liquid atmosphere allowed me to fall gently under the branches once more as my eyes closed.

I awoke from the dreamworld and it was still dark. The light from hallway spilled through the cracks around my bedroom door. Glancing at the alarm clock, I saw that it was only 4:00 AM and there was still plenty of time before I had to start my day. I rolled over and drew the bedsheets up over my shoulders. And just as closed my eyes I swear that I heard giggles coming from outside of my window.

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Night Wings 1

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The sleepy sun passes beyond the ridge and the cooler air spills over the world. The pale moonlight wakes the day sleepers and the other world springs to life. A shadow sweeps through the moonbeams. The large wings fluttering through the darkness . He has traveled for miles following the trail of scent on the wind. He is in love. His only thoughts are about finding her. The one he’ll spend the rest of his life with.

God equipped him for this mission. His feathery antennas are capable of not only detecting the female but also finding her from miles away. He is equipped with stealth to avoid the hungry bats that patrol the night. His fur absorbs their sonar. He has no need for food or drink. As a catipiller he has already fueled up for this mission by consuming many thousands of times his weight in food. His eyes are not only able to see in the dim light but he has polarized vision that can pinpoint the position of moon. His only challenge is to distinguish the moon from all the other lights in the modern world.

He follows the scent along the edge of the water until it mingles with wintergreen. Her scent is strong now and silhouetted on the edge of the forest is the ancient birch tree. He comes to rest on curling papery bark. There he finally sees her. She gently flutters her huge beautiful wings and it’s love at first sight. Everything that he is has lead to this moment. He is living in his purpose. Nothing could be more fulfilling.

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Bumblebee And Thistle

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The last of the morning dew evaporates into mountain air. I have returned to the place of my childhood for a short walk around the fields and forest edge. I opened the gate and drove through a short distance. Even though the cattle are in a different paddock I got out of the truck to latch the gate closed. Just like my grandfather taught me. I had made a promise when I was ten to always close the gate behind me. Even though he passed away in the 80s I have never broken that promise. As I was getting ready to get back into the truck the moment on the thistle caught my eye. The tiny little crawled through purple tuft atop the spiny stalk not wanting to miss a single drop of nectar. She seems so peaceful as she diligently foraged her way across the flower. I remembered seeing that bumblebees were trending on the internet and I decided not to pass on the opportunity. Even though bumblebees are generally docile I elected to use the long lens so that I didn’t pressure her. Her pollen sacks were nearly full in no time. Yet, she didn’t really seem to rush. I remembered the saying by Lao Tzu, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

I started to compare the work being accomplished by the bumblebee in contrast to the expectations of the corporate world. The bee has a relatively short time to gather as much of the pollen as possible. But she isn’t really stressed out about how much there is to do. She doesn’t multitask. She simply sorts through the florets one at a time until the plant stops producing. Then she doesn’t linger in the dry bloom and moves on to the next. She measures her productivity not my volume but by the completeness of the task.

I was able to get several good picture of the Bumblebee And Thistle before the moment was gone. I am particularly happy with the black and white version of tonight’s feature image.

I think that the black and white version brings out more texture.

It wasn’t long before the bumblebee decided that she was finished and returned to wherever the nest was.

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Changing Seasons And Fleeting Moments

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“Time waits for No one” as the old saying goes. It seems like yesterday that I was so excited to see days begin to lengthen. I was ready to greet the spring flowers with open arms. But little by little the sun hangs his sleepy head earlier than yesterday. I woke to find yellow leaves loosely scattered throughout my lawn last week. They are the first to fortell of cooler days ahead. I’ll be welcoming the change with a bitter smile. I love the cooler days of late August and September with their low humidity and gentle breezes but it always leaves me wishing that the transition was slower. I have a strong urge to savor the next few weeks. Tomorrow we’ll see the return of the big yellow bus and the tiny feet that stand at end of each driveway. Some will wait with excitement about seeing their friends while others will have trepidation concerning the long hours away from home.

I have already seen the familiar V formation crossing the sky as this year’s brood of geese train for the marathon flights in their future.

But we don’t live in the past or the future. We have only this fleeting moment that we call life. Blink and moment is gone. Look too far ahead and the moment will slip by and fade away out of reach.

When I noticed the goose in tonight’s feature image I watched her closely. People were tossing food into the river and she was aggressively going after it. But every so often a piece would be missed and float downstream. If she chased the one she missed the others would get what was currently being offered. She would miss the current blessing. As I watched her I have struck by the thought of how man opportunities we might miss while trying to recover the past.

Our lifetimes are only what we have in the moment and this moment is so easy to lose. Don’t lose it because you were chasing the one that passed.

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Night Sounds

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A cool mist flows over Little Elk Mountain and the moon is the only light for miles. In late Summer and Early fall the singing of frogs is replaced by sound of katydids.

It occurs to me that some of my international friends may not know what a katydid looks like.

Of in the distance the screech owls are holding congress squabbling over who gets the territory. For a while their cries of “who” echo through the forest and fade into the night. Several hound dogs begin to bay at the Moon as it rises into the sky and peeks through the trees. I begin to miss the voice of the whip-poor-will from my childhood. In the distance the whistle of a train running along the river breaks pattern of natural sounds.

I gaze at moon myself as the night sounds surround me. My eyes grow heavy while watching the silvery light filter through my bedroom window. My final thought is “Moon beams bring sweet dreams”. No longer able to hold my eyes open, I drift off to sleep with nature singing my lullaby.

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