September 22, 2002

Two Drops

Image copyright Fred First

This is about all the rain we got overnight: two drops.

The red fragrant berries of Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) are all the more conspicous as color leaches out of and falls from the jungle of vegetation that is slowly disappearing from our valley now.

This small tree grows where the water table is close to the surface and is an indicator of good soil, It is abundant in the understory along our creek. Its bark, leaves and berries have been used for many flavorings and medicinal uses in the past.

And of course, Spicebush is a resident plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail that also tends to use Sassafras, also abundant in our valley, as a home.

I read recently and will next year put to the test the 'fact' that "crushed leaves of the Spicebush make a good insect repellant when rubbed on the skin".

Posted by fred1st at September 22, 2002 07:02 AM

love the macro....these look like two beattles or some similar. or two mood rings signifying hot flaming passion (geez, remember mood rings?)

Posted by: Kurt at September 22, 2002 12:25 PM

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