How could I say no?
Our nature walks are always an adventure even on a wet dreary day. It's the wet days when everything feels especially vibrant and alive, I think.
Do you know about False Solomon's Seal? It's pretty and green, and it grows quite profusely in a shady patch in our woods, as we discovered on our walk this weekend.
It's currently in bloom. The flowers will turn into a cluster of red berries (not edible) in the fall. We'd like to watch this plant grow and change.
Here is a photo of the plant's rhizome (root) where the "seal" is visible. "Each year when the plant dies back it leaves a 'seal.'"
I found it all very interesting to learn especially since it's on our property. It's just one more Biblical connection that we see throughout nature.
"The Pharisees saw the palm branches waving before Jesus as he rode into the city like a king, over a road covered with the clothes of the joyful mob. They, too, heard the people shouting, "Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna to the Son of David that cometh in the name of the Lord!" ... And one of them said to Jesus, 'Master, make your disciples stop all this shouting.' But Jesus replied, 'If the people should stop, the very stones would cry out in praise." (Luke 19)
I think this plant is praising it's Maker.
He spotted a Downy Yellow Violet on our woodland floor. They are named for the tiny 'downy' soft hairs up their stem. We only saw a few of them around.
It's all a part of the adventure!