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I will be continuing to post regularly throughout the winter.
Ever since I got a bad case of Poison Ivy rash on my legs as a child, I have been fascinated by this plant. Whenever we see it during our walks, I always point it out.
There is a nice patch (who else would use the word “nice” with Poison Ivy?} at Marie Curtis Park and I have often photographed the leaves:
the leaves in fall:
and the buds:
Here are some berry photos from this morning:
A few rhymes which help to identify and avoid touching this plant:
Leaves of three, let it be
Leaves of three, quickly flee
Berries white, run in fright
Berries white, quick take flight
All parts of the plant contain the irritant urushiol and both the stem and fruit carry on their poisonous ways long after the leaves have fallen to earth. Eating these berries can be a lethal experience for a human being.
Here are some photos the park on this 0 degree, windy and overcast morning:
As usual, we took a little side trip to see the Shagbark Hickory:
Here are close-up looks at two of the birds from this morning:
Thanks to Eugene who got this photo of a Muskrat:
Arch skies so blue they flash, and hold the sun
Immeasurably far; the waters run
Too slow, so freighted are the river-ways
With gold of elms and birches from the maze