Tiny Blessings In The Form Of Sweat Bees

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I don’t really believe in the mundane and especially not when it comes to nature. Even the most common life is special in its own ways. The daisy fleabane is one of our most abundant wildflowers in Appalachia and the little sweat bees are everywhere. Though small the sweat bees actually do the lion’s share of pollination wildflowers and stone fruit such as cherry and peach. In fact about 30% of crops in the United States rely on the tiny wings of a sweat bee to carry pollen between flowers. Some plants are reliant solely on the smallest bees. And while this tiny little bee can’t make honey it does something that the honeybees can’t do. It’s called “buzz pollination”. The little sweat bees will hang on tight to a flower’s anther and vibrate its wings. This causes the flowers to release their pollen and some crops like potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, pumpkins and blueberries require buzz pollination to become fertile. You may see honeybees visit these crops but they only gather the pollen left behind by the tiny sweat bees and sip the nectar. Without sweat bees you can even forget about the cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. And the daisy fleabane? Well, plants like daisy fleabane and Queen Anne’s Lace provide the little sweat bees with an abundance of forage. This helps keep the number of sweat bees up and thus the sweat bees pollinate more of the food crops we rely on. So before you reach for a bottle of weed killer when you see those broadleaf plants in your yard or flick the little sweat bees from your arm think about how they are feeding us in return for just a little space in our lives.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Forage Friday #110 Daisy Fleabane

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Please remember that Forage Friday is presented as trivia and not to be mistaken for medical advice.

Among the native wildflowers that grace my mountain the daisy fleabane has always been one of the most welcomed. It typically shows up as a small rosette of wooly leaves just before the grass really starts to turn green. The  hair on the young leaves is velvety and soft to the touch. The stem is also quite fuzzy and soon shoots up to around two feet tall give or take a few inches. It’s one of the first plants to flower in spring and the blooms seem to last until  the climate finds its summer heat. The flower is a greenish yellow disk and what we commonly call the petals is white tinged with pinks and purples. Being a member of the compositae family the daisy fleabane flower is actually a cluster of little tiny flowers. Each little bump in the disk and every one of those petals is it’s own individual  flower.

It’s most likely that fuzzy coat that prevents us from considering daisy fleabane as part of our vegetable garden. But it is considered an edible plant. I’ve not worked up the nerve to try it myself but those who have tell me that it has a peppery flavor. The edible part is the leaves which are boiled like spinach. It’s also said that it should be mixed with other ingredients such as basswood leaves or buds to help conceal the fuzzy texture. 

But why would we want to add those fuzzy leaves to a meal in the first place if we have more palatable options to bulk up the pot? Well, Hippocrates advised to let food be our medicine and medicine to be our food. And the main things that fleabane seems to bring to the table is it’s medicinal values.

Some of my own hesitancy in trying fleabane comes from it’s name.  I’d always assumed that because of it’s name that it contains some toxic components that are so offsetting that not even a bug would touch it. And it’s true that the plant was once dried and placed in bags and used as a sachet in a belief that it repelled fleas. However, the plant is neither toxic to fleas or humans. The whole thing was simply marketing. But I have an idea of where someone got the idea that fleabane would repell fleas.

In all of online sources that I reviewed fleabane is listed as an anti-inflammatory. As such it’s reasonable to presume that it was commonly used to relieve itchy bug bites such as one might receive from a flea. An association was made between the use of the plant and the source of the itch and the sachet was invented in hopes of preventing the bites.

The secret of fleabane’s anti-inflammatory power lies not in the power to repel anything but in it concentration of Caffeic Acid . As you might suspect Caffeic Acid is found in coffee but it’s not caffeine and coffee only has modest levels of Caffeic Acid. And Caffeic Acid is actually found in a wide variety of foods including thyme, sage, spearmint, apple sauce and even barley. 

According to various articles Caffeic Acid may help improve athletic performance and weight loss, help with viral infections like HIV and Herpes and even help prevent different types of cancer.

Herbalism commonly uses fleabane in the form of a tea. The teas are said to help with tumors, bronchitis, kidney stones, bleeding from the bowels and digestive tract, nosebleeds and diabetes. Peterson’s Field Guides also warn that some people could suffer contact dermatitis from handling fleabane. I have never suffered any ill effects from just touching fleabane though.

I also see quite a few comments from folks that are active on Facebook and MeWe wild food groups and plant ID groups that praise fleabane as an edible. So if you are one of those people I’d love to hear about your experience with fleabane as an edible or wild medical plant. You can comment on the social media post or at the bottom of each blog post.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days!

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Recalling A Summer Moment

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As I sit quietly waiting for the awakening of nature I close my eyes and recall the warmth of the sun on my face. The cool grass is tender and green and the smell of a fresh cut lawn fills the breeze. There’s even a little hint of the water mint that graces my creek bed. Just above the sound of wind in my ears I can hear the drone of a Carpenter bee as she floats effortlessly from flower to flower. Native flowers greet the sun with a pleasant smile as they gaze skyward and await the passing of the puffy white clouds. Occasionally I hear a small splash from the creek as the minnows navigate through the shallow shoals. The red-tailed Hawk that’s taken up residence higher on the mountain soars overhead and casts a shadow that seems to fill the yard and everything goes silent for a moment as he disappears again behind the ridges. It doesn’t take long for the songbirds to sing again after he’s gone and I pause to capture this moment to hold in my heart and have forever.

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 Walk Up The Blacktop

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The warm breeze and bright sun pulls me back through the river of time to the days of innocence. In a simpler age when the road was paved with tar and on a hot day one might spin on a heel and leave a mark on the blacktop. The roads always seemed to be lined with daisies and in a few spots blackberries hung out over the berms. I remember walking over a mile or so to the general store with a little change. Along the way I would just reach out and pull a handful of berries off of the canes to enjoy as I walked. We’d buy a glass bottle of Mountain Dew that at the time still had a hillbilly on the logo. On the return trip there was the daisies. As we passed by insects of every kind hopped or flew to a better location. Butterflies were often so interested in flowers that they didn’t notice our approach until we were almost on top of them. Then with ease they would simply flip to a different bloom a little farther into weeds. We’d follow the clusters of daisies until we ran out of paved road. That’s how we knew that we’d made it home. Hone is always were the blacktop ends and the dirt road welcomes you back.

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A Day On Peter’s Creek With The Quiet Ones

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Days are special in my Appalachian Mountains. I have really become accustomed to the reletive isolation and tranquillity. I sat next to the country road and listed as a bluebird made his calls going from branch to branch. I could only catch a flicker of blue feathers through the canopy. However that wonderful song in the warm breeze is still carried in my heart. As I open my ears and draw the song into my soul I also find a few gold finches on the other side of creek. They too stay deep in the leaves. I take a deep breath and pull in the scent of rich earth on the edge of the forest. With my eyes closed I can feel the rays of the sun gently caress my face. The wings of a grasshopper buzz by my ear as he floats over my shoulder and towards the bright yellow flowers to my right.
Soft and delicate the flowers just seemed to be quietly waiting to be noticed. Who am I to deny them the adoration they deserve?

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Hello Friends and thank you for your support of my page. If you have enjoyed the photos or the writings please let me know by commenting and sharing my work on your social media. I also want to invite you to Follow Lloyds Lens Photography on Facebook

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