Archive | March, 2012

Old friends and beautiful strangers

31 Mar

Here is a small hill approximately 3 acres in size in the middle of the marsh which is home to some interesting inhabitants. The hill-side is rather dry so I was surprised to see Labrador-tea growing here as I have gathered berries here for decades and these old friends never drew my attention. Notice the brown woolly underside of the leaves. These leaves can be collected year round to make a very unique tea.

I’ve seen somebody on the web selling the dried leaves for tea and also a jelly which could be quite good. Labrador-tea’s taste is hard to describe, though I always look forward to a cup of it.

The buds appearing at the top of the stems will produce around 5 inches of new stem growth with around 8 new woolly white leaves in June with a group of 6 to 12 white flowers which also can be used to make a tea.

Some dried Aronia berries from last year.

A photo of some Aronia berries I’m thawing out for muffins. There has been some buzz in North America in recent years concerning this healthful berry. Some folks in Iowa are showing an interest in this plant which has already been popular in Poland for a number of years, of course 10,000 years ago humans and other creatures were quite fond of them in N.A. as this is Aronia’s natural home.

Here are some Fox berry plants also known as Lingonberry.

Since we did just see Fox berry plants and also by the size of this hole I suspect this is a fox den, there were 4 other holes within 30 ft of this one. I was surprised to see so many exits.

I do not know my lichens and mosses by name though I wanted to show you a few photos of these just the same. click on these pics, I find they are nice thought stoppers. I could look up the names, no lets keep it a mystery.

Nature is always in season long before the berries are ripe. Have a great weekend and relax and enjoy the true nature you are always presently seeing.

Wow what a now

27 Mar

This morning and this afternoon were like day and night. Here is a glimpse of the morning drive.

Now and change, they never appear to stop. here is some more morning now.

Here is some afternoon now below, this photo is taken almost in line with the above morning photo only a hundred feet to the left and facing  in the other direction.

The crow kept a pretty low profile through the bluster, it was a good sign to see them starting to get up and about.

Like now and change these photos were taken on the move,—Fly for now

Local conditions brought to you by true nature

26 Mar

A pheasant rain was observed under cloudy  marshland skies for most of the day.

Temperatures plummeted in late afternoon with confers donning their white winter coats one more time.

Some rosy red ones were all a glow as seen from the ridge.

Enough already about, plants and creatures, lets give it up for the ground without which we would probably have fins not that that’s a bad thing. Back to the land, this place has the nick name the chocolate river.

and for dessert another sweet peek at the chocalatey one. Hope you all enjoyed your local conditions, cheers for being here.

Selenite, chaga steaks and tea post

24 Mar

Just relaxing enjoying a chaga tea while viewing a blewit I entered in my image page last night.

Since a nice chunk of Selenite was already on our step, it seems only polite for it to share the spot light with the Chaga steaks I’ve sliced for drying today. If you are going to dry your own Chaga I suggest you keep your temperature around 120 degrees F or below.

Click on the photo below to see the many thin transparent  layer.

Here is a  close up of the Selenite, this particular piece I collected 25 years ago just under the water level of a steep banked sinkhole pond, I had a challenging time getting down to it as I noticed it shining from the opposite side of the pond and ended up laying head first from the bank feeling for it and eventually was able to bring it up. Travelling that area is interesting as many of the sinkholes are collapsed caves, one small lake in the area is over 200 ft deep. At the time of my Selenite collection it appeared to be freshly exposed earth with the transparent gypsum peeking out here and there.I wasn’t sure what it was then, other than it was unusual, I bought the audubon field guide for rocks and minerals soon after and this made my wild food  adventures even more enjoyable as it opened my eyes a little wider to things in general. Have a great weekend naturally.

The yard will never be the same

23 Mar

The yard, always in transition though not one atom ever separated from true nature. All in one.

wild rose,  vitamin C rich rose hips, ripe seeds, rested roots will soon spring new growth on these stems.

Live forever or Orpine, this plant’s leaves are a good salad green from May through August when growing in shady river intervals, these ones are tiny once you notice the maple seed in this photo, these resemble miniature cabbage, they are located near our patio.

Stinging Nettle, covered by some silver maple leaves in my indicator garden, nettles seem to make every one around them a little healthier.

Caraway, is a very self sufficient character around here, it is our rabbits favorite treat next to raisins.

Sweet cicely, also does very well. I’m adding 2 photos to my (image page) tonight, if you like colorful mushrooms check them out they are called Blewit (Lepista nuda) and I’ve introduced them to my indicator garden last fall, so they may appear here next Oct.

You all come back now you here.

Chaga and shelving tooth

22 Mar

Last evening I was out foraging for some wild Enoki mushrooms (Flammulina velutipes) when I noticed this very large group of Shelving tooth (climacodon septentrionale) as I approached a hundred feet closer I was pleasantly surprised to find a nice Chaga mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus) on the next tree beside it as my Chaga supply is getting a little low. You may need to click on the photo to see the Chaga.

This Shelving tooth was in exceptional shape as it would have come to fruit last Sept or Oct, so it hung in valiantly throughout the winter.

Here is the under side of the shelving tooth, some folks also call this mushroom Northern tooth, notice the teeth instead of gills or pores.

Here is the Chaga mushroom up close.

Here is the Chaga trimmed up and ready to be chopped and taken home for slicing and drying.

My boot is a size 12 so this Chaga is around 10 inches by  six inches across, probably weighs 3 lbs before drying. If you have health issues take my advise, do some internet research on Chaga, I’m not selling it here, lots of folks are doing so on Ebay check it out. Look for a supplier who only harvest Chaga from living birches which produce leaves during the growing season.

Today we had record temperatures over 77 degrees with the day starting off around 40 degrees, a bit warm for maple sugar weather for the folks a mile down the road from the chaga and the boot, though many were out enjoying a taste at the sugar camp. cheers for now

Still turning

15 Mar

They claim the earth spins at a speed around a 1,000 mph, yet there is a stillness permeating every particle going through the motions. Of course the orbit speed around our sun is out of this world at over 65,000 mph

This little one laner crossing over the train tracks is tricky as you can’t possibly see anyone approaching from the other side.  This area is kind of famous historically for abandonment  & exodus with the ship railway and Beaubassin practically a stones through away. Over the last 2 decades I’ve only met one person out on the marsh at the end of the pastures and he had travelled over a thousand miles in search of the lands from which his ancestors were expelled from a few hundred years ago. Though I can’t remember any of his family story he had told me which had been past down by word of mouth over the last 300 years, I do though recall being moved by how it touched him. With the world’s highest tides reaching their farthest appendages in this area, I suspect it is the norm for emotions to run rather high, deep, both.   ——– Oh well, moving along.

They built 15 windmills so far and I believe there are 15 more coming soon. it will be interesting to see how they fare in the isthmus once they are activated. I suspect a new energy in the area should stir things up, which is natural.

View from the ridge

9 Mar

The view from this ridge has been enjoyed for many milleniums, it is my pleasure to share it with you tonight

The sun appears to be sinking into the water with the land on the other side, lots of illusions out here. click on to enjoy the big picture

here is how I go home

4 Mar

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