Made Of Gold

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Dogbane Beetle 61621a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The light of the summer sun cascades through the bushes that encase each side of the little creek. The backlit leaves catch the light for brief moment before falls onto a living gemstone. The tiny beetle glistens like metallic fire in the light of the sun. The scientific name Chrysochus Auratus roughly translates to “Made of Gold”. It may resemble the garden pest known as the Japanese Beetle but this little on is one hundred percent American made an feeds almost exclusively on Dogbane and Milkweed. It’s not likely to find your favorite flowers or vegetables. And because it feeds on these toxic plants it’s a very toxic little thing itself. Dogbane contains a glycoside that is toxic to the heart. The shiny Dogbane Beetle stores and concentrates the poison in special glands in its body. If a bird or other predator attempted to catch it then it does a thing called reflex bleeding. Little organs in its joints allow the blood to leak from the shell. The blood is so toxic that even this small amount can stop the heart of the predator. But enough with the dry science. Suffice it to say that this little Beetle that glistens like polished gold enjoys a life of peace and tranquility. It enjoys the place in the world which the Good Lord blessed it with. And that’s the goal of all life.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Forage Friday #111 Wild Hydrangeas

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Wild Hydrangeas 60921a”. All photos found on my website are my original work unless otherwise specified and are 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.

⚠️ Wild Hydrangeas are associated with gastrointestinal distress, Dizziness and chest pain. Peterson’s Field Guide says that hydrangeas produce a cyanide like poisoning.

Late Spring and Early Summer are almost indistinguishable on my mountain. We normally awaken to the sound of rain and a roll of thunder as my little buddy Scout (my dog) snuggles closer for safety.

As the day progresses the sun reclaims the rain as mists that rise from the ridges and hollers. The forest is lush and green from the replenishment of the sun/rain cycle. It’s at this time that the trails and edges begin to sprout clusters of little white flowers.

Image Titled “Wild Hydrangeas 60921b”

While wild hydrangeas are listed as edible in some sources they don’t really rank well as a food. Nevertheless they have been consumed. (See Warning above) The twigs and branches are used in teas and the new growth can be peeled and boiled until tender. Then removed from the water and fried. I presume that the boiling process is intended to be an attempt to remove toxins as well as softening the cellulose to a point where it can be chewed and swallowed. But it doesn’t seem to have been used often as a food. In fact a very large amount of it can result in poisoning.

Where Hydrangeas seem to come into their own is in medicinal values. There isn’t a large range of uses as with most plants that I cover. It’s mostly used as a treatment for urinary issues as a diuretic. The roots are valued by diggers who sell them to the supplement industry. And my honest opinion is that the selling of the roots is probably the best way to benefit from wild hydrangeas unless you’re a beekeeper converting the bloom into honey and propolis. If you read the warning above ( And you really should.) You’ll see that it does seem to have an effect on the cardiovascular system. Native Americans did in fact use wild hydrangeas as a heart medicine. They also seemed to use it topically for burns, sprains and muscle soreness.

So would I actually use hydrangeas? Well, in an apocalyptic situation where I had no other choice I might. Otherwise I think that our Appalachian forest has so many different plants that offer the same benefits without the hazards that it’s not really worth the risks. Now there is a Japanese variety that is being looked into as a treatment for diabetes and malaria but that doesn’t mean that all varieties will be acceptable for this use.

That’s it for tonight’s #foragefriday. Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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The Superhero On The Farm

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Tree Swallow 52221a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

One of the more impressive birds of the Appalachian Mountains is the tree swallow. Now there’s all kinds of dry scientific facts about these birds. Most of it is focused on their breeding habits and how their immune system declines with age. But I’ve always associated them with superheroes. The seem to have a sleek costume and they even have a mask that keeps their true identity secret. And they are fast and agile! They can fly at around 22 MPH and turn on a dime. While they nest in existing holes in trees or take up residence in houses that were intended for the purple Martin ( which they are often confused with. ) they love to hunt insects over the water. They will come zooming along with their forked tail and turn to catch their prey so quickly that you can blink and miss it. I’ve tried for years to try and catch one in flight over the water and they are gone before the auto focus can find them. If anything in nature moves like a superhero it’s the swallows. Typically they are loners. Just the male and female along with their brood but they also form loose colonies and will even come together to fend off a predator by diving on it in succession. Any raccoon found sneaking up on a nest would soon find himself in stream of living bullets. Teamwork is the true attribute of superheroes! My little friend here gracefully lifted off after a few minutes of posing on the barbed wire and in true superhero fashion he disappeared in a blink with waiting for any thanks. Perhaps his superpowers warned him of a nest in trouble 🤔.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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A day in the light…

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Fresh Air And Sunshine 52221” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

With the late Spring chill driven out by the waking sun the urge to move about overcomes the restless soul. It’s that time of year to kick off our shoes and feel the soft grass around our toes. We don’t really need any particular plans or agenda. Just a day away from goals and the demands of the outside world. Turn off the TV and put your mobile device in airplane mode for a while. Allow the sun’s warmth to soak in and be caressed by the passing breeze. We may not be able to hold back the flow of time but we can just let the day take its own form. Even if it’s just for a little while. Mankind is a solar powered being. The energy we get from our food comes from the light. Light purifies the water we drink and strengthens our bodies. Doesn’t it make sense that we should make time to get out into the light occasionally? And doesn’t it seem like a day in the light adds life to our day? So let me encourage you to take advantage of the warm day and spend a little quiet time in nature.

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 New Hunter In My Forest

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Eastern Rat Snake 51621a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The May sun is cooler than normal this year. I have been wondering if resident rat snake had made it through the winter. He lives in my sheds and we’ve learned to tolerate each other to a degree. Often I find him resting in some part of my lawn tractor and so that chore begins with a careful inspection of the moving parts to ensure that my natural pest control is safe from damage. If you missed last year’s post about rat snakes let me catch you up. The snake isn’t a pet. He’s a wild animal just like my songbirds and other wildlife on the property. However, He’s the only non-animal that regularly allows me to pick him up and so I gave him a name. I call him Decon because he deals with the mice. But he also disappears for long periods. We do also have a resident hawk and I’ve begun to wonder if Decon met his natural fate with the hawk. So when I saw the dark shape stretched out in driveway I thought that Decon had returned.

Image Titled “Eastern Rat Snake 51621b”. All photos found on my website are my original work and are available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

However, as I approach the snake it started to display it’s kicking posture. Something that Decon never did. It’s believed that this posture is an attempt to mimic a dead stick lying on the ground and thus is a form of camouflage. After all, a rat snake has only two defenses. Hide is one and stink is the other. It has absolutely no venom and it’s teeth are rather small and barb like. It still hadn’t dawned on me that this is not the same rat snake I’ve known over the past years. It wasn’t until I got closer and eye level with my lens that noticed the differences.

Image Titled “Eastern Rat Snake 51621c”.

This snake has more white on it’s face and a beautiful brown undertone in it’s coloration. I could be wrong but I think it’s also younger than Decon. It seems to have freshly molted as well revealing patterns in it’s skin.

Some people think that these patterns are the result of cross breeding with pit vipers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rat Snakes lay eggs and pit vipers have live birth. I’m not sure but I also think that the chromosome count is wrong for cross breeding. Not to mention that rat snakes like king snakes will eat pit vipers. Which is another big reason why I allow rat snakes to have space in my sheds. The two species have been known to hole up together in winter but generally speaking pit vipers avoid areas with rat snakes. And since they have such a keen sense of smell they can tell where each other is living.

Image Titled “Eastern Rat Snake 51621d”.

And so I step a little easier knowing that these non venomous and non-aggressive Rat snakes are patrolling my yard. However, this newcomer is a little too close to the door. In my sheds he’s fine but the house and walkways are out of bounds. He wins a free ride in a bucket to the forest edges where there’s plenty of hunting and some large exposed rocks to sun on. And judging from his reaction to meeting a real live human he’d prefer to return to the forest. And so he did.

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