The fork in the wind

forkTook my swollen Achilles tendon — physical therapy starts today, thank goodness — to the Wyoming soccer fields where a Category One storm was blowing — or it least felt like it. But the golden sunshine made that ok.

Found a few nice things, including mile-a-minute vine, which I didn’t know I had found until a Wilkes biology professor identified for me on Facebook.

Also still blooming happily along in late October was Forking Catchfly, with its unmistakable ten-ribbed calyx sac.

Two views of the little forker.

Silene dichotoma is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common name forked catchfly.[1][2] It is native to Eurasia and it is known in other parts of the temperate world, such as sections of North America, where it is a weed that grows in disturbed habitat. It is an annual herb growing up to 80 centimeters tall. The lance-shaped leaves are up to 8 centimeters long on the lower stem and are smaller farther up. Each flower is encapsulated in an inflated calyx of sepals lined with ten dark veins. It is open at the tip, revealing five white to red petals, each with two lobes at the tip and sometimes taking a curled form.forking

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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