The Seeker’s Reward

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “The Faithful Seeker 192221” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Tired wings carry the seeker across a withering landscape. But still she pushes on traveling further and further from her nest in search of her family’s needs. The paper wasp is adaptable to all kinds of food sources but with the changes in season and oncoming cold those sources are more spread out than they were just a few short weeks ago. The once plentiful Goldenrod has mostly gone to seed leaving behind a dry woody stock and white tufts that are destined to ride the gusts and gales of late Fall through Winter. The swarms are already gathering in attics and hollow trees or deep within the crevices of exposed rocks for the long hibernation. Soon she must join them and she’ll need every precious drop of nectar to make it through till Spring. The bright yellow speck in a field of light tan brings a joy to her journey as she zeros in. The last Goldenrod of this field is small but fresh and full of the fuel she seeks. Because of traditional perception we tend to think of wasps as mean bees with a nasty attitude but the truth is that they help pollenate the wildflowers and they eat other pests. We either fear or respect the sting they carry and with good reasons. I’m still carrying a mark from a wasp sting that I received at the end of August. But the honest truth is that I’d been unknowingly shaking her nest violently for several minutes before she took action. ( I was working on a trash bin and had overlooked the nest ) most of the time they are docile enough to approach within range of the lens. And even then will make a few bluff charges before their sting is felt. I’m sure that if I’d come too close to this one she might have gotten nervous enough to be aggressive but the field is neutral territory and her only goal at the moment is to enjoy God’s provision. We could all learn a little lesson from her in that faith undertakes the journey knowing that a seeker is rewarded.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Another Note In Autumn’s Song

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Monarch Butterfly 92821a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Ever so joyfully she sails from plant to plant and dances in the breeze. She’s shy and reclusive but her beautiful wings overcome her bashful nature. With the determined stroke of his brush the master artist created a work of living stained glass and set the world ablaze with those wings that know the music in autumn’s gentle flow. And in each note he bade her to deliver joy and happiness to the heart of those who stand beneath the amber glow of the sun and count themselves as blessed to have been created by the same hands.

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 Potter Is My Neighbor

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Potter Wasp And Goldenrod 92620a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

My big blue truck pulls into my driveway and I step out to check the mailbox. As I tuned to walk back to the truck I noticed the tell tale signs of wildflowers bobbing up and down when the wind is still. I have allowed nature to have it’s way on the banks of the creek in front of my as a form of erosion control and was blessed with a stand of Goldenrod. Goldenrod is a valuable late season resource for pollinators so it makes me happy to see the bright yellow spray of flowers in the fall. Especially when the bees are working on them. I put the mail in the truck and stepped around with my camera to see what kinds of bees and how many were enjoying the pollen and nectar that the flowers provide. There were a few honeybees but mostly I found native bumblebees and wasps. Typically I have a huge number of Paper Wasps. The brown kind that builds umbrella shaped nests on the eaves of my house. But one of wasps was different. It had blue iridescent wings and a black body with white spots. At first I thought it was a European Paper Wasp but when I did the research it turned out to be a Potter Wasp. This was is a native of the Eastern woodlands but it’s not one that I have seen often or if I did I just assumed it was something else. But now that I’m doing a lot of writing about the Appalachian Wildlife I’m more motivated to get the deeper details.

The Potter Wasp like many of the native bees and wasps seems to be solitary and like the name implies buids it’s nest from mud instead of paper. I’m used to seeing the long tunnel like nests of the Pipe Oregon Mud Dauber which are found on the houses and rocky out croppings of my mountain. But the Potter Wasp nest is much different. It’s actually vase shaped with a wide base and a narrow neck that flares out at the opening. The Potter Wasp will then paralyze a caterpillar and place it in the pot with a single egg. But while she feeds her young meat she herself feeds exclusively on pollen and nectar. And something about Goldenrod seems to really attract wasps in general. It’s not uncommon for me to find as many wasps feeding on the Goldenrod as I do true bees.

A paper wasp feeds on the Goldenrod next to the Potter Wasp

I am hoping to spot and photograph the unique nests of the Potter Wasp soon. I suspect that they are tucked away safely on some of rocks that surround my property and I’ll do a follow-up post when I see them but for now I just know that they’re in the area somewhere enjoying the late season bloom and pollinating my wildflowers.

Image Titled “Potter Wasp And Goldenrod 92620b” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

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Emerald On Gold

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The August sun finds me strolling the path along the Kanawha River. The hazy air ahead of me is full of tiny bodies that catch the light. They’ve gathered en masse to celebrate the the first of their favorite flower. The sweet anise scent draws them from entire forest. The bees themselves resemble little machines made of living emeralds. We typically call theses little guys sweat bees because they are attracted to the salt humans give off when we sweat but they seem to forgive us for the diminutive nomenclature and pollenate our plants anyway. Stone fruits like peaches, alfalfa and sunflowers are heavily visited by these solitary little flying gemstones. Even the goldenrod that they love can be useful to humans. Most of us are familiar with sting of a sweat bee but I’ve learned to be careful about what I attempt to swat when I feel that tickle on my skin. Sweat bees would really rather not sting unless it’s a last resort. When shown a little tolerance they soon leave on their own and if not a quick puff of air sends them on their way painlessly for both human and pollinator. Learning not to fear seems to be a secret to not being stung. Although some of these bees seem to go crazy for human sweat but that seems to be the exception rather than the norm. Overall they along with mason bees and carpenter bees were responsible for pollinating most of crops in North America prior to the arrival of the European Honeybee in 1622. In fact only the honeybees outnumber the sweat bees in North America. With the threat of colony collapse disorder the solitary bees are our best hope of maintaining viable agriculture. So when you see the tiny little bees swarming around a wildflower don’t think of them as pests but instead as a backup pollinator.

Of course with the arrival of the goldenrod we also reach a tick mark on the natural calendar. Late summer has arrived and soon the air will begin to crisp.

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Forage Friday #25 Goldenrod

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Please remember that Forage Friday is only intended to be a conversation starter. I highly recommend that you do further research before trying any wild edible / medicinal plants for the first time.

As the morning mists roll back and allow the mountains to welcome the morning sun my big blue truck rolls to a stop near the defunct strip mine. The goldenrod stands tall in the the thinning fog. This specimen is large. the base of the main stem is about one quarter of an inch thick.

goldenrod is one of those plants that often catches a bad wrap. While its true that some people have an allergy to Goldenrod it’s reputation for causing hay fever is a bit distorted. The truth is that Peterson’s Field guides recommends it for treating hay fever. A lot of folks in Appalachia and in rural America in general say that honey that is made from goldenrod is the best treatment for allergies. I have wondered if it was just the presence of the pollen & nectar in the honey or if the bees somehow enhance the effect during the process of making honey. It’s also said that crushing the flowers and chewing them so that the juice is slowly swallowed can relieve a sore throat. The most common medicinal use is as a diuretic and is indicated for just about anything that increased urine flow might help. The guides also say that Native Americans would use th roots on burns.

The food uses seem to be as a tea. Both leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried to provide a tea that has a flavor similar to anise. Here’s where we transition into the utilitarian qualities of goldenrod. Anise is not just a flavoring for old time candy. It’s used as fishing lure to enhance bait. I’d miss my guess if golden rod couldn’t be used the same way. And, if you’re a successful fisherman without a match or Bic lighter that Goldenrod stem is there to come to the rescue. The Stem of goldenrod is an almost perfect friction fire tool. I say almost because it’s a bit easy to break. Friction fire in the Eastern Woodlands is a challenge to say the least. I’ve tried several methods and devices such as bow drills and pump drills and I’ve gotten to the point of creating a thin wisp of smoke but I’ve never got the red hot coal that brings flames. However, I’m convinced that the fault was in my technique and the most successful attempts that I have ever had was using the Goldenrod stem as a drill bit.

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On the right side of the page we have a familiar sight. The “W” pattern on the back of the beetle tells me that it’s a Black and Yellow Locust Borer. While they are pretty hard on the locust trees they’re harmless to people. After they emerge from the locust tree they feed of goldenrod. In fact the sweetness of goldenrod is so attractive to insects that you’ll need to make sure that only the leaves & flowers are going into your tea.

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