It’s All Connected & About To Wake Up.

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The warm morning air carries the scent of the moss and the rich humus mingled with the stones in the creek. Erupting through the moss and scattered leaves are the tiny flowers that showcase the Appalachian Spring. When you pull back the humus and examine the roots it’s obvious that the network of roots are more complex than the circuit board of any supercomputer. It’s all connected with a mat of fine filaments called mycelium. The entire forest is a living information system. I’ve always appreciated the beauty of the mountains and the forest but wasn’t until recently that I began to understand that the smaller plants that cover it all serve purposes beyond the need for pleasant human experience. After the ages since Adam was cast from the garden of Eden mankind is just now beginning to rediscover the secrets that he was most likely programmed with at his conception. Even the humble little flowers like the Dutchman’s Breeches in tonight’s feature image are constantly collecting and transmitting data through the network. Perhaps because they’re in full growth before the majority of the trees awaken they’re transmitting information about the soil conditions and weather to the trees. I have noticed that the maple family doesn’t open their buds until the Dutchman’s Breeches bloom. It’s the natural calendar in action. One that marks God’s seasons and they tell me that it’s time to remove the snow blade from my tractor and attach the mowing deck. I can put my heavy jackets away get ready for the grand awakening that’s soon to come.

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Hidden Blessings

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The big blue truck has been parked for the better part of a week now. Fortunate is the one who has the opportunity to be sequestered in the Appalachian Mountains as the Spring season comes on. Even more so when that happens to coincide with my day off. I awoke to sound of the rain ebbing away softly into parts unknown beyond the ridge line. The window of my bedroom relays the golden smile of the morning sun and the birds begin to join the morning chorus.

As my mountain awakes to the new day I make my way to my woodland sanctuary on the edge of my property. Several of the robins take to the lower branches as I breech the invisible barrier between yard and forest. The ground is carpeted with life. Small flowers look up and smile where just 24 hours ago only the promise of something that might be held the ground. Among the new arrivals is one that’s not normally present this early. Geranium maculatum or wild geranium. I normally don’t see them until we’re well into April. And, this one seems to be the only one right now. But I know that where one thrives others are breaking through the leaf litter yet unseen. Blessings are like that. They’re coming wether you see them or not. But if you just look around you’ll find them when they arrive.

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My Morning Walk In Late March

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I tread lightly and carefully as a I stalk my way through the new plants that are erupting from the ground beneath my feet. Just 24 hours ago the land was still brown but today lush green mayapple and delicate little spring beauties are dotted all through the pathway.

But I wasn’t really expecting to see the buckeyes in full leaves. Yesterday there was only buds but today I have actual leaves in my forest. As far the buckeyes themselves go they have saponin in them and can be used for “survival soap”. The wood is too soft for construction but is awesome for wood carvings. But mostly it’s just envigoreating to see leaves in my forest!

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The Opening Of The Bradford Pears

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Almost as if in defiance the overcast skies and gray weather the little Bradford Pears have exploded into bloom. And what’s even better is that it is starting to get green leaves. What the little tree lacks in food production and lumber value it makes up for in its ability to brighten up the bleak landscape of early Spring. After a long dark stretch of looking at empty branches and dried winter grasses the few green leaves tucked in around the clusters of white flowers had me feeling like schoolboy who was let out of class early. I have checked out the edge of my forest and the trout lilies are just breaking through the leaf litter in the shady spots. The grass is also waking up and soon it will be time to trade the snow blade on my little lawn tractor for a mowing deck. That will be a good trade.

As the days move forward I hope to the opportunity to catch more of the native flowers opening up as my mountain returns to life.

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Forage Friday #46 Dryad Saddle

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Never eat any wild plants or fungus unless you are positive about the identification.

The Spring rains of 2019 were slowly coming to and and I decided to take a tour of my property and survey what had popped up. Right in my back door I found a fungus that I really had not paid much attention to in the past. The dark scales growing in concentric rings was what first caught my attention. Now, I must admit that fungus is a little bit of a weak spot in my knowledge and experience. It’s just not something that I looked into much. My forestry classes were centered on management of the timber for its lumber value and the only thing that we were rewired to learn was how to either prevent fungal infections in the lumber or how to treat them once they were found. Most instructors simply presumed that the students who grew up in Appalachia learned mushroom hunting from their families. My family just didn’t do a lot of foraging and so there was a gap in my experiences. I knew that there was a fungus called Dryad Saddle but I didn’t really know that it was good for anything beyond composting fallen trees in the woods.

But there it was proudly standing out from a storm thrown log at the edge of my yard.

Image titled Dryad Saddle 5420b

By early May the main fruit body ( mushroom ) was at least 10 inches wide. Now that I’ve had a little help from Nicole Sauce and her Living Free In Tennessee podcast I’ve learned what the fungus is ( Nicole provided confirmation of the ID via a Facebook comment last year) and a little more about how to use it and I’m looking forward to finding it again so I can try it for the first time.

Okay, for starters the mushroom in tonight’s pictures is way too mature for good eating. Once polypores get larger than about 3 inches they’re way too tough to eat. So I decided to leave it to develop and spread it’s spore into the surrounding fallen logs. Running my hand over the mushroom confirmed that it had indeed turned leathery.

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After touching the Dryad Saddle my hand smelled a little like cucumbers and watermelon rind which is one of the ways to confirm the identification. I did learn however that in this stage I could have used it to make broth for a soup. I would have probably needed to chop it with an axe because the outside of mushroom was like touching boot leather. All of the processes that I read describe removing pieces due the toughness. The perfect size for cooking is said to be about the size of the palms of your hand. The smaller mushroom growing from the base of the Dryad Saddle may have been about right in retrospect.

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Another identification characteristic is the droplets of honeydew that form on the gills on the underside of the mushroom. I didn’t try a taste but judging by the amount of insects I found under this one I’m guessing that it’s sweet. And that’s another thing to be mindful of with a larger specimen of Dryad Saddle as well as other mushrooms is that insects absolutely love them and a larger specimen means it’s probably going to have bugs.

Assuming that the Dryad Saddle grows back this Spring or that some of its spawn finds a foothold I’ll be trying it for the first time. I’m kinda anxious to have this new experience so if anyone reading this article has any tips I’d love to hear them. Just drop a comment below! 😊

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The Landscape Stirs

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Old man winter blasts the parking lot with his icy breath bringing forth our annual St. Valentine’s Day snow. I have noticed that in my little slice of Appalachia that we’re more likely to have a wet Christmas and a white Valentine’s Day. However, this year it was actually too cold for snow. We only got a few flakes that quickly dissipated. And even in spite of the bitter cold I noticed that Mother Nature is slowly opening her eyes from the deep sleep of winter.

In the urban areas the Bradford Pear is one of the first to wake up. As the big blue truck carried me by I noticed the buds are starting to swell. The papery outer scales have started to slip away and reveal the light green promise of new life. And this hits a mark on my natural calendar. Time of the swollen buds. It will most likely be several weeks before they actually open and even then it’s common to have snow covered flowers but as they drop the pear leaves begin to burst open and the other flowers follow. The Service berry, magnolia and Dogwood will also be making an appearance. Usually it’s April when they come out.

The temperature actually has less to do with the buds opening and more do with the earth’s angle to the sun and wavelength of the the light that hits the tree. So I pay attention to the Bradford Pear buds and take note of what they’re saying. Tonight they say “Get ready. It’s not much longer before the land is fully awake.”

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Gearing Up For My Spring Countdown

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As I stand on the banks of the Kanawha River looking up I see the circling black shadows draw closer as they soar in the thermals. When the picture was taken, the days were just starting to grow noticeably shorter and the weather hadn’t changed yet. But the buzzards knew that it would soon be time to make a yearly voyage to their winter grounds.

As the days grow longer I’ve learned to watch the sky for the flights of the large black shapes to seen circling in the thermals. Most likely it’s still several weeks away but just like when swallows return to Capistrano the buzzards return to Glen Ferris. The usually arrive just prior to the buds on the trees opening and at a time when the spring storms start. We often hear tales of the Thunderbird. After observation of buzzards I have to wonder if the legend is rooted in the buzzard’s habitat of soaring in with the storms.

We’ll probably not see them for a while yet but I will be watching the sky because when I see them in clusters I know that Spring isn’t far behind. According to the calendar we have 37 days ( 36 by the time most people see this post ) but if Punxsutawney Phil is correct I should be seeing them any day now.

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