greens and things

2 Jun

A few things created a pause and a photo shot.

Here is a medicinal plant I don’t forage for, though I always enjoy seeing it in the woods, it was common in an area of large tooth poplar today, the plant is a ginseng relative known around my neck of the woods as wild sarsaparilla, Aralia nudicaulis The visible plant consist of the light green umbrella of leaves in the center of the photo and the 3 small ball-shaped flower heads below.

I reached down and touched the underside of this group of red-belt polypore and was surprised to notice they were holding a good supply of water drops and it hadn’t rained for a day or so?

I have shown a young Clintonia plant at a good harvestable stage for salads around a month ago, today the flowers are open and the leaves look very lively though long past the stage of tastyness.

A dizzy little slug was hanging by a thread around 5 feet from the ground, I extended my hand to help him down but my offer was not accepted, so I took a few photos, most turned out blurry as he was spinning at a slow but steady pace. ciao

I’ll be back around soon.

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8 Responses to “greens and things”

  1. mobius faith June 3, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    There’s something about the slug photos that I find mesmerizing.

    • 1left June 3, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      I checked to see if there were similar photos of this type of sluggish aerial whirling dance on the net and they have some videos and images of (Limax maximus) a european species which now also lives in the new world. These slugs are fascinating creatures with some stunning shimmering egg images on one site where a lady had a family of them living with her. After watching the videos I understand why he refused my unrequested help.

  2. Jeremy DuCheny June 3, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    There’s a mystery. How the heck did the slug get stuck to that thread?

    • 1left June 3, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      Jeremy, check out Limax maximus I think he maybe that species or a close relative. I suspect he climbed the tree like Tarzan and jumped off like spiderman into a vortex, he was on a mission.

  3. Christine @ these light footsteps June 3, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Looks like this was a wonderful day for a hike! So many great finds!

    • 1left June 3, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      Yes, it was pleasant to walk in some of the wonders of the day at this rather large city park 2 miles from my home. A yard adventure is on for today. ciao

  4. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words June 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    the slug was interesting…I woderedif it was a silk thread like spiders…
    the red belt polypore is gorgeous!…the water droplets seem to glow
    beautiful as always 1Left!
    take Care
    )0(
    maryrose

    • 1left June 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks maryrose, I did find a BBC video which shows what probably was happening before I found this one slug still on the tread, it is an amazing video with a kind of sluggishly striking vortex like dance. If you like nature at its unusualist, check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhVi4Z6CjZk

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