Pretty in pink: Naked nature in two VERY different forms

tarFor an atheist to say I was blessed with a third straight wonderful day in the woods may be a bit odd but there you have it.
One interesting wildlife feature. A young woman had padded her boat up what she thought, I assume, was an inaccessible little waterway, so she stripped and was sun bathing…until I chanced on her.

I snapped as many twigs as I could to get her attention and she sat up, starting dressing and skedaddled out of there, but a warning that YOUR perspective of isolation is not necessarily that of someone in another position.


In any case, tatarian honeysuckle, with pink and white flowers, the cousin to the other invasive honeysuckle, morrow, with yellow and white flowers that I posted last week.
Again, an invasive with an oh-so-sweet aroma.

Restricted Noxious Weed
Tatarian Honeysuckle – Lonicera tatarica (L.)

Common Name: Tatarian Honeysuckle

Scientific Name: Lonicera tatarica L.

Legal status

Propagation and sale of this plant are prohibited in Minnesota. Transportation is only allowed when in compliance with Minnesota Statute 18.82. Although Restricted Noxious Weeds are not required to be controlled or eradicated by law, landowners are strongly encouraged to manage these invasive plants on their properties in order to reduce spread into new areas. Minnesota Noxious Weed Law.

Background

Tatarian honeysuckle is native to eastern Asia. It was introduced to the U.S. in the 1700s as an ornamental. It has since spread and naturalized in the Eastern and Midwest United States. It is established in most of the counties in Minnesota.

Description
Tatarian honeysuckle is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub, growing to 10 feet tall. It can be easily confused with similar species like Bell’s, Morrow’s or Amur honeysuckles, all distinguished by slight differences in flower color and leaf pubescence.
Leaves are opposite, oval, smooth, 1.5- 2.5 inches long, and blue-green. Leaves may be hairless or downy. Leaf-out is slightly earlier in spring than native species and leaf-drop is slightly later in the fall.
Flowers are tubular, paired, borne along the stem at leaf axils, and usually pink to red, rarely white. Bloom time is May to June.
Fruits are paired, spherical, red to orange berries, each containing several seeds.
The root system is shallow and fibrous.
Mature stems are hollow. Bark is light gray, and shaggy or peeling. Young stems are slightly hairy and light brown.

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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