Changes

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Silky Dogwood 90521” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The sun sleeps in a little more each day and goes to bed earlier each night. We tend to associate the changes in season with the changes in the weather but that’s really not how it works. The angle of the sun and earth changes slightly and the wavelength of light triggers small changes in everything. The dogwoods are among the first to give us a clue. Their leaves began to turn blood red and signal that their fruit is ripe. The Elderberry like flowers have given way to bright blue berries. The silky dogwood is a native of the Appalachian Mountains but one that’s unfortunately overlooked. The berries are edible but unlike most other dogwood berries they are blue instead of red. Rumor has it that they’re also quite tasty! But tonight my thoughts are about the signal that they send as to the closing of Summer and the time of harvest. And while we expect summer like weather in the next few days the morning is a little cooler and the nights are less humid. The color of the wildflowers is also shifting to yellow and the blue asters are starting to pop up. They say that the only constant in life is changes and so I guess that if you’re seeing changes then it means you still have life to enjoy them.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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One Busy Bee Indeed

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Silky Dogwood And Bumblebee 62321a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Overcast skies bless the wilderness with soft light in the afternoon as I wander around the highland delta with an old friend. All around us the native silky dogwood blooms beckoning busy workers. Bumblebees are solitary creatures that live in colonies rather than hives. A honeybee might have an off day on the job and be okay but for the fury little Bumblebees every moment has to count. She and her brood counts on her efforts alone. She is in constant motion as she grooms the flowers and entices them to sweeten the nectar then moves to the next one only to come back and collect her prize. A good day’s effort for a good day’s pay. Pound for pound she will visit hundreds of more flowers and spread more pollen than a single honehbee. She’ll take some back to the hole in a muddy bank and store it away for her hungry brood. As the colony hatches she will stay behind and her children will care for her. But for now she is very busy indeed.

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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Silky Dogwood

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Silky Dogwood 63020a” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The late June sun burns hot in the sky as the big blue truck rolls to a stop on Muddelty Creek. The little highland delta has been a bountiful place to find photo ops. Last year I spotted a plant that I had a bit of a challenge to identify. The leaves were opposite of each other and occurring in matched pairs. They had parllel veins and were ovoid. The bark had little blocks all along the more mature parts of the tree and the twigs were reddish. Everything about the tree said Dogwood but the flowers. It was not only the wrong time of year for Dogwood but they were also the wrong size and shape. The tiny blooms were born in umbels and looked more like an Elderberry than a Dogwood.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 61620a” showing the immature bloom.

I have kept an eye on the the small bush growing in mud on the edge of the swamp. It was impossible to get a look at the leaf scar without sinking to my waist in the muck. So the key would be to watch the growth to see what it becomes.

I eventually resorted to the Google Lens app to point me in the right direction. I have guide books on top of guide books that I’m certain would have eventually yielded the correct answer but the app saves me hours of turning pages. As it turns out, this is a Dogwood after all. It is a Silky Dogwood. A tree that I was probably told about earlier in many forestry class but otherwise was unknown to me. What was more amazing was that it’s growing in such wet conditions and thriving.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 61620b” with the marsh in the background.

The tree actually goes by several common names. Red Willow ( though not a member of the willow family) and Squawbush are a couple of the more interesting. They also call the tree “Kinnikinnik” which as I understand it is an Algonquin word that means “Things that are mixed together”. In fact the natives called several plants by this name that were used for tobacco. Native Americans didn’t often smoke pure tobacco as people do today. It was more of an herbal mix that wasn’t really inhaled into the lungs as much as it was held in the mouth and let out while speaking. The story goes that the smoke carried your words to the gods and if you lied the gorget around your neck would choke you. Therefore the peace pipe was employed as a lie detector. I have no knowledge if Silky Dogwood was actually part of the mix but given that the name was given to the bush it’s a possibility.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 61620c” showing the new shoots growing around a mature bush.

I didn’t really see any mature Silky Dogwood that was straight but as you can see in the photo on the right the suckers tend to be very straight. I have a feeling that the natives may have used them to make arrows as was done with other Dogwood species.

Image Titled “Silky Dogwood 63020a”.

So excited by my new discovery I went to Wikipedia and began to read. I was surprised to find that unlike other Dogwood species the berries of silky Dogwood are blue and not red. The entry says that Silky Dogwood is often used as an ornamental shrub but that the downside is that the blue berries are so popular with the wildlife that they often destroy the plant to get to them. A preliminary search shows that the berries are maybe good for humans too so there may be a Forage Friday post concerning Silky Dogwood in the Fall.

For now I think I might add to my list of shrubs and trees for landscape on my property. If nothing else it’s a beautiful tree and will help attract more birds to enjoy at my window.

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