The Playful Spirits Of Panther Mountain

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “A Taste Of Clover 73122” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Dust rises up from the road on Panther Mountain as the big blue truck finds a spot to halt the climb. Mottled sunlight filters down to illuminate small treasures tucked away here and there throughout the forest. Each sunbeam holds a tiny world of its own fully of fairyflies, ferns and the odd forest flowers. The road offers enough of a break in the canopy to allow the red clover to claim its stand at the foot of a knoll. There beneath the maples and oaks the pale ones dance and play in the warm breeze that flows up from the canyon below. In North America we call them Cabbage White Butterflies because when they find a garden they can be a pest but here on the edge of a mountain pass they take on the persona of a playful spirit following the track of the sun as it’s beams bath the clover in life giving radiance. All that they need is given to them by the hand of God and their peace is fulfilled.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Forage Friday #118 Avens

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Avens 73021a” 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.

Also, a social media comment on an unrelated post concerning the ethics and legality of foraging has led me to remind the readers that I presume you are either foraging your own land, have permission of a landowner or are experiencing a food emergency in a survival situation. Furthermore, make sure you have the right ID on any plant that you intend to eat. While I strive to provide accurate information mistakes happen so never rely on a single source and always double check.

As a youth one the first guide books I ever consulted was a Reader’s Digest guide to North American Wildlife. The book was full of hand drawn or painted images of common flora and fauna of our wonderful landscape. One that stuck out to me was “Purple Avens” and the description made it sound like wild chocolate. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I actually encountered a form of Avens in person. But, I’d missed the flowers in bloom somehow even though I must have nearly stepped on them several times. They were growing on the edge of the highland delta at Muddlety Creek. What’s more, the first photo I took of them captured them by accident. And so began several sessions of internet Image searches confirm the identity and I’m still not settled on which type of Avens I have here.

Image Titled “Avens 73021b”. Google lens identified it as Yellow Avens.

I’d spent countless hours memorizing the small rendering of Purple Avens (AKA Water Avens) in that Reader’s Digest guide however that image shows only the mature plant in bloom. It doesn’t have an image of the spiked fruit and it doesn’t really mention that there are other varieties of Avens. The same goes for the Peterson’s Field Guides. It finally occurred to me that paper was the limiting factor in how much information could be stored in a shelf full of books. The publisher and editors had to make choices about what to leave out in order to keep everything in one volume. Fortunately for us the internet isn’t restricted that way.

My current understanding is that there’s really only minor differences between the types of Avens. All types seem to be edible. The young leaves are said to be useful as a potherb and not to be very strong flavored. The roots however are where the flavor is.

Multiple sources indicate that the Avens species do tend to hybridize and that this can effect the flavor. Purple Avens is supposed to have a flavor that’s like chocolate but not quite chocolate whereas the other Avens species are described as tasting like cloves or cinnamon. Peterson’s recommended that adding milk and sugar in a tea made from the fine roots was the best way to enjoy them. Obviously the roots could be dried, ground to a powder and sprinkled like a spice.

A few sources say that avens has even been used to flavor and preserve liquor.

The clove/cinnamon flavor of certain avens seems to come from a compound inside the roots that converts into eugenol. Which makes me think that it may be able to sooth a toothache in the same way cloves do. Traditionally some Avens have been used as an anti-inflammatory, to relieve sore throat, treating digestive problems and as a wash to treat skin infections as well as hemorrhoids. The variety most mentioned in traditional medicine is Herb Bennett.

Lastly, there is a somewhat dangerous lookalike in Thimbleweed ( Next Image) so it’s pretty important to be sure what you’re collecting should you choose to do so.

All parts of Tall Thimbleweed are considered toxic.
Avens 73021c.. compare to thimbleweed above.

The biggest difference that jumped out for me was that Thimbleweed has a more oval shaped fruit where the Avens is more round. The Avens has a fuzzy stem but the stem of thimbleweed is smooth. Bare in mind that the 2 photos are taken in different stages of development for each plant and the presence of pedals could make the difference in how easy it to tell them apart. Avens can be harvested year round but it’s recommended as a winter harvest because that’s when all the life is stored in the root.

As always, my intention for Forage Friday is to provide you with something that’s interesting to read and inspire you to do further research while showing you my latest photos. And that’s going to wrap up Forage Friday #118. Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Magnolia Berries And The Return Of Ground Birds

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Magnolia Fruit 73021” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

As I write tonight’s post the katydids are already chirping outside in the humid night air. Thus the last half of summer has begun. It also signals that the mountain magnolia has fruited. While technically it’s not ripe it has changed color. It’s highly visible follicetum can be seen in in a whirl of giant leaves that gives my mountain a tropical look. The berries are not toxic but they’re also not pleasantly flavored for humans. They are however a favorite food of the Eastern Towhee. The elusive ground dwelling songbird that has pretty much escaped my lens since early Spring. In the thick understory of summer he’s all but invisible. I only know that he’s still around because I hear him singing occasionally and see the branches and twigs move when he changes location. But, “Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise” as the old timers say I’ll have my chance when the Magnolia drops its fruit. The pinkish cluster will turn black with brilliant red berries and then the little Towhee will have a feast! The Magnolia is spread by ground dwelling birds and I think that the Towhee might have a little competition this fall. For a sound that I’ve not heard since I was a kid rang out through my yard today. The call of a Bob White quail! I realize that in some parts of North America this is a common everyday experience but in the early eighties they just seemed to go away here. They left along with the grouse, whip-poor-will and nighthawk. Some say that it was the rise in the coyote population that caused the decline in ground birds and others say it’s the fault of pesticides. I think it’s probably a little of both but I was thrilled to hear the little guy’s voice calling out “Bob Bob White!” over and over this evening. I hope this means that the other birds are also on their way home to my mountain.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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The Closing Of The Dog Days 2021

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Bumblebee Encounter 72921a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact.

The Dog Days Of Summer began to wane ever so subtlety in my mountains. The humid air seems to be thick enough to actually swim through as I ebb softly to the edge of the swamp. The bumblebees are out en force dutifully collecting pollen from the swamp milkweed. Looking through the lens opens a window to their secret world of sweet scents and golden life giving pollen. As they collect a little here and a little there they ensure that they will have a new crop next year. The bumblebees are at peace with all. They’ve no time for jealousy and malice for as the dog days end their season reaches the tipping point when bloom will be scarce and the sun will slowly fall asleep. For in just eight short weeks the page will turn.

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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A Time For Rest

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Crescent Butterfly 72821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Softly the little Crescent Butterfly comes to rest on the leaf. She doesn’t pump her wings or crawl about looking for a bloom to sip from. She simply rests from a day’s work. She’s probably covered untold miles laying eggs and sipping nectar but at the end of her day she’ll simply rest up and gather all her energy for the next round of important work. And I too am ready for a moment of recouping. The dream world awaits my presence tonight.

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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