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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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.

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The False Turkey Tail Fungus

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Dew drops rest aloft on the tips of the new grass like tiny streetlights for the hidden world beneath our feet. Below the crest of the this miniature jungle lays a population that’s ever present but seldom noticed. In my opinion the living soil is a machine far more complex than the minds of mankind are able to fully understand. Even with all our advanced technology we are just now recognizing the role of the fungi that are at the heart of our ability to thrive in this world. In Forage Friday #98 we looked at the Turkey Tail Fungus and all the benefits that this one mushroom offers and I mentioned that it has a look-alike in the False Turkey Tail Fungus. To the best of my knowledge this one has no food or medicinal values but it’s every bit as important to our survival as “Earthlings ” as it’s medicinal cousins.

Image Titled “False Turkey Tail Fungus 31721b”.

To the right of the page is the upper view of the False Turkey Tail Fungus. It has a really similar pattern of alternating bands. Typically it’s not found in grass or old leaves but on the sides of dead and dying trees or just the limbs. I can only guess that something knocked it down along with the twig in the Featured Image. The texture is more like dry leather or even thin bark than the Turkey Tail Fungus. It breaks down the wood into rich soil just like the other but if you flip it over you see that it’s not a polypore like Turkey Tail Fungus.

“False Turkey Tail Fungus 31721c showing gills.

The underside of this one has gills instead of pores. And if you’re using a mobile device to view the article it might be hard to see but there are tiny insects living in the gills. I’m not sure what type but maybe it’s springtails. The point is that the Almighty has set this mushroom aside for the insects to use. The mushroom breaks down the wood, the insects break down the mushroom and other soil life breaks down the dross left behind by the bugs. And the soil is renewed for a new tree to grow in. The new tree helps clean the air and bring the rain that helps the Fungus spread and the cycle starts over. What a wonderful world we’ve been given!

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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Encountering Tadpoles

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There’s nothing that says you’ve had a childhood in the country like catching tadpoles. When I was a kid it was still common for teachers in Grade School ( Elementary School in some parts of the world) to lead children on a field trip to a pond or a large mud puddle to catch tadpoles and teach us about life sciences. Frogs and Toads start life as herbivores. They eat the algae that grows in the pond or in the case of tonight’s feature image the mud puddle. Contrary to popular belief not all species of tadpoles eat mosquitoes. Only the spadefoot toad and certain types of tree frogs eat mosquitoes. I suppose that means that if you bought bullfrogs or leopard frogs for your landscape pond and wondering why you still have mosquitos it’s because they are the wrong species.

Image Titled “Tadpoles 52620b”

In order for the tadpoles to survive the water hole has to be stable. It takes about 12 weeks for them to be able to survive on dry land. The main reason why transplantation of tadpoles is discouraged today is because of the possibility of transplanting waterborne weeds and diseases with them. However, I have to question how the weeds and diseases survive in a puddle that might only last a few days.

Image Titled “Pollywog 52620a” showing the size as relevant to a U.S. quarter.

As I approached the mud puddle to get a better look at the tadpoles every pebble on the ground sprung to life! No bigger than a kernel of corn the pollywogs began running from the giant. I knew that if I wanted a closeup without squishing them all I’d need to get creative. So I tossed a quarter onto the ground and attached my long lens to the camera. I realized that the pollywogs were queuing on my shadow so I moved around a bit and used my shadow to drive this little guy close to the quarter without squishing his brothers and sisters.

Aside from eating pests frogs and toads are important to medical science. In full disclosure I only skimmed the article but Tadpoles are being studied to help organ transplant patients.

Decades ago a Russian scientist discovered that certain frogs have a substance called Magainin after the Hebrew word for shield. The substance was reported to be like kryptonite against bacteria, fungi and viruses. They even developed a topical ointment that helped heal diabetic ulcers however the FDA rejected the application because there was already a product on the market that worked. However, academics still keep the research alive so maybe one day we’ll have a choice in which medications we allow into our own bodies.

As I write this article I have a Gray Tree Frog singing outside my office window and I wonder if it’s the same one from last year. I’m not sure what kind of frog or toad these tadpoles will turn into. Just judging by the size I’m guessing that they are tree frogs. The puddle was on the fringe of woodlands and wetlands so they might be leopard frogs. Either way the encounter took me back in time 40 years when my brother and I would dip mason jars into a local pond or mud puddle and discovering that it was teaming with life.

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The Moment Of Living

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As the sun beams down on my little slice of Appalachia between two mountains I wander around the lawn just taking time to center myself. Almost two full months without any daily commute has left me rested but feeling a little constrained. I stood out next my Flame Azalea and closed my eyes to listen for what the wind might whisper of the outside world. The warblers and wrens are busy building and maintaining their nests. The little fly catchers that seem to nest on my downspout every year have a nest full of hungry babies. Further up the mountain a woodpecker is putting on a drum solo that would be the envy of any rock concert. I removed my shoes so that I could feel the cool earth beneath my feet. The ground is alive with unseen and wondrous things. Things that reach and grow and connect with all of God’s creation. The wind speeds up and plays with my hair for only a moment’s teasing as clouds begin to roll in. I can smell the ozone left behind by the lightning and a distinct thunder shakes a neighboring mountain. I opened my eyes to see the new spring leaves turn themselves in preparation for the rain.

Image Titled “Flame Azalea 51920e”.

I caught the flash of the second lightning bolt and counted as 10 seconds passed by. The storm is 10 miles down river. The humid breeze shifts slightly wafting the sweetness of the Azalea my way. I have a few minutes of peace before the weather rolls in and I use the time to get lost in the sea of bloom on the little bush. Now fully open the Azalea is working as hard as it can to draw the pollinators in. Once it has reached this stage the flowers will fall away to make room for the lush green leaves.

The seasons are shorter than we’ve ever suspected and soon the storms will change the world again. I have learned that the time to appreciate life is always now. We have only this moment to live in there’s no time to mourn tomorrow’s loss without giving up today’s joy.

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