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May 2012
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The value and importance of preserving natural diversity in every state, county and community cannot be expressed in words alone. It takes photos, too!. These were taken 05-07-12 in Middlesex, Vermont.
My favorite month of the year in Vermont, May sees hundreds of wild edible and medicinal plants sprouting throughout field and forest! Alternating days of warm sunshine and cool, soaking rains bring noticeable changes by the hour as fresh, spring-green leaves unfurl, and flower blossoms of every imaginable shape and color adorn trees, shrubs, and understory plants.
Pristine waters flow out of a series of eight, successive, terraced beaver ponds, filled with tadpoles and salamanders.
Sarah and Keith examining wild ginger on a recent Backyard Wilderness walk. Note the poisonous false hellebore behind them.
There are few places left where one can go and still not hear the sounds of the modern world. Middlesex Notch, sheltered between two large cliffs, is such a place, where all that is heard is the sound of the wind, birdsong, running streams and tree frogs.
Wild Ginger, (Asarum canadense,) left, grows on damp forest soils soil in open shade. Native Americans used it as an herb to treat a number of illnesses, and the rhizomes to flavor foods. This is not the same ginger one buys in the store.