An Explosion Of Redbud

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My morning starts with the roll of thunder echoing through my mountains. Then the sound of rain beating on the roof. The Spring storm lulls me back to into a deep sleep until the songbirds come out and give the all clear. Once I was certain that things had dried up enough I stepped out of the door and into a world of beautiful colors. One of the most awaited sights of my Appalachian Mountains is the Redbud and today it’s in peak bloom.

The Redbud across from my front door is in full bloom. ( Image Titled “Redbud In Full Bloom 4720)

The mountain road that runs by my house is lined with Redbud which is a double blessing under lockdown conditions. I decided to get some sun and fresh air by taking my lens a little closer to beautiful trees.

Image Titled “Redbud 4720b”.

These early blooms are a God send for the hungry honeybees that have been living on their stores since November. The solitary bees are out in force as well and open flowers have even brought out the butterflies.

The first Zebra Swallowtail of 2020 has made an appearance.

A Zebra Swallowtail darts over the road but refused to be still long enough for a good photo.

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Redbud blooms are edible and rich in Vitamin C as well protein. For more about Redbud as a forage plant please refer to Forage Friday #3

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The trees are absolutely loaded with delicate pink flowers. The pea-like flowers burst directly from the branches and sometimes the trunk.

Image Titled “Redbud 4720d”

The flowers won’t last long. Soon after the leaves form the flowers will fall away and leave the forest floor covered in pink confetti. But by mid summer these trees will be sporting bean pods. (The young pods are edible. Please see the link above. )

For now my mountain is in the pink and I’m loving every minute of it.

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Bridal Wreath

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The big blue truck doesn’t like spending to much time in the driveway. As headed out for my afternoon walk the headlights took on the appearance of eyes that followed me through the yard. “C’mon”they said. I stepped a little closer and jiggled a finger in my ear. Did I really just hear that? The engine seemed to growl a little and I heard “You know it’s not really good for moving parts to be still for too long.” I thought to myself, “Okay, I have been in front of the computer for too long and the Wi-Fi network has fried my brain. Ol’ Blue doesn’t really talk… Or does he?” I retrieved the mass of keys from my belt and clicked the button on the government that unlocks the doors of the truck. A mischievous grin forms across the bumper as I passed the fender and before I knew it the big blue truck was turning onto Peter’s Creek road. Ol’Blue knows the back roads well and took me to a place where we could get out of the house and still avoid any social distancing problems. Almost as soon as we left the main road I spotted a patch of brushes that looked like a small snow storm had taken place in a 12 foot long area.

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The bush is Spiraea prunifolia or more commonly known as “Bridal Wreath. Once planted as an ornamental along the borders of yards and gardens it has escaped into the wild places. The early Spring flowers are a nectar source for butterflies and many other pollinators. It’s viewed as an invasive species by naturalists but at the same time having those early blooms can also strengthen the pollenators populations and therefore pay off inn the long run.

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Ol’Blue must have known that I needed to see this one in all its glory as much as he needed to be on the road because it was awesome to find it quietly spreading it’s joy on the edge of the a back road.

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The New Leaves

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The late afternoon sum smiles across mountain and welcomes my exit from my day job. The opportunity to work from home has added so much life to my day! I’ve traded a morning stop by the river for a moment of peace and quiet for an afternoon stroll around my forest. The Swallowtail butterflies have already begun to soar gracefully across my window. They’re seen only for a moment as they search for the newly formed leaves and flowers in the bushes. The open window has also shown me that the bees are out searching for the fresh nectar. Those who feed the hummingbirds should be getting those feeders ready for the early arrivals! The computer screen goes dark and I’m free to step out the corporate world and directly into the real world. The songbirds are starting to get used to my presence. They don’t really get close but they don’t fly away as quickly. Today as I entered into the trees I was greeted by the brand new maple leaves. They’re fully formed but not fully open. Over the next day the roots will pump water into the leaves and the fuzz will fall away.

The texture of the new leaves.

I’m thrilled to have the green leaves in place of the bare twigs but the texture new leaves are fascinating as well. The repeated lines of the veins are a welcome consistent pattern in contrast to the randomness of twigs that have filled my world for the past four months. I lift my eyes up and soak in all the green spots on the hill and I can almost feel the life returning as the long slumber ends.

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Forage Friday #52 Star Chickweed

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It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve reached week 52 of Forage Friday having not missed a week due to lack of subject matter. The was a few times when something prevented the post but wasn’t because of not having a plant to talk about. When I started Forage Friday I thought that I would run out of subject matter in the winter months. But what I learned was that if you look hard enough that you’ll find what you need when you need it. And that’s one of awesome things about Chickweed! It’s one of the early Spring forage plants.

I was first introduced to Chickweed by my grandfather during one of walks to check the fence line. Chickweed was huge blessing to people in the great depression. But the time it shows up the winter stores of home canned food would have been running low. Every meal in late winter would have shown how few mason jars were left on the shelf. Then one day the snow melts and reveals a thick mat of fresh greens. Grandpa said it was enough to make you drop to your knees and give thanks right there one the spot.

A thick mat of Chickweed in early Spring.

As the name suggests Chickweed was often fodder for livestock as well as the family. In our modern world with its frozen dinners we tend to forget that our ancestors not only had to feed themselves but also had to make sure that the animals were well fed and healthy.

Chickweed is a veritable nutrition bomb!! If you could turn a leaf over and read a label you’d see vitamins A, C & several of the B vitamins. You’re also getting a trainload of minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, phosphorus and potassium. Of course like all plants this is going to depend on the soil health.

Chickweed can be eaten raw and goes well with other forage plants. I recommend wild purple violets for the color and sweetness of pedals. Chickweed can have a strong flavor but it’s a plant to be consumed for it’s benefits as it replenishes a lot of nutrition that can be lost over the winter.

Medicinal information about any wild plants found on this blog is given in a historical context and not intended to be medical advice on any level. Remember, I’m a photographer and not a doctor.

Herbalists say that preparations of Chickweed help with constipation and other stomach/bowel problems. Lung troubles, obesity and even rabies. Salves made with Chickweed are recommended by herbalism for skin problems like eczema and I have personally used it to relieve itching from bug bites.

Chickweed is often found growing with Speedwell

Chickweed is often found growing with Speedwell and Speedwell is said to have similar uses. ( Speedwell is to be covered in an upcoming post. )

The Chickweed flowers look really similar to the False Rue Anemone that featured in the previous two posts but if you look at anther you see that they don’t quite make a crown shape as with False Rue Anemone and they’re a reddish brown as opposed to bright yellow. The flowers themselves are also a bit smaller. The leaves of Chickweed are not mitten shaped like those of False Rue Anemone.

Chickweed is a blessing in hard times and could be considered a luxury in good times.

As always I’ve only given enough here to get the conversation going so if you have a personal experience with Chickweed I’d love to hear about it. Just let me know in the comments section below. 😊

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A Mountain Sanctuary

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One of the flowers that look forward to the most is the trout lily. I actually covered it as a forage plant about this time last year in Forage Friday #4. But today I just wanted to celebrate the simple beauty of the golden pedals and mauve anthers. The nodding flower looks almost as if it’s engaged in quiet meditation or prayers. Perhaps that’s one reason why the little spot just inside the trees feels like a sanctuary. It’s full of the prayers and meditations of nature. Alongside the trout lily the Jacob’s Ladder also seems to be in deep contemplation with its hood of purple pedals drawn over its face.

I was once told that when you talk to God that’s prayer but when you listen, that’s meditation. There’s no better place for either one than here on my mountain surrounded by my forest. When John Denver said “Almost Heaven” he was most certainly right.

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When The Flowers Form Constellations

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The light sweeps over forest floor and the shadows grow long while I crawl through the thick mat of last year’s leaves. All around me the pockets of moss grow thick and ever so slowly encroach on the open ground. The songbirds are calling and a little earlier I saw the first butterfly of 2020. The trees are definitely awake and some of the maples have put on new leaves that are beginning to unfurl and welcome the warm rays of the sun. The burgeoning Spring landscape is changing so fast now that one day is all it takes to miss some of the smaller changes. The little False Rue Anemone was nothing more than a cluster of tiny leaves one day and the next day they were fully open. The little white blooms are spread across the forest floor like the stars in the night sky. Somewhere in the depths of imagination constellations begin to form in the clusters of flowers complete with their own myths. The archetypes are the same. Lovers, hunters, creatures of legend and high adventure with a moral to the story. Soon these flowers will close and others will open up a new chapter in the myths but for now I have these little beauties in my sanctuary.

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False Rue Anemone In The Afternoon.

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The late afternoon is already blending into early evening as I reach my little sanctuary on little elk mountain. The procession of the Appalachian Wildflowers brings a new pleasure on a daily basis. My land is painted in a matrix of tiny little dots. Some are colorful and others are white. The one in tonight’s feature image caught my attention when I noticed the delicate shape of the tiny leaves being somewhat reminiscent of a mitten. I was thrilled just to see something green popping up through the duff but the little white flowers opened and revealed the world of glory inside. The bloom was capped by a golden crown. And the little flowers seem to fix their gaze on the sun as it began it’s descent into the West.

The flowers are called False Rue Anemone and it’s one that I’ve only just begun to look into so for now I am just thankful to enjoy it’s simple beauty.

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