Old guy, new nature leaf

I’m an amateur naturalist and a pro (technically, I’ve earned $5.81 on Adobe Stock so far) photographer, with tons of photos and years of personal observation of what’s going on in the ever-fascinating world of nature.

So I’m going to post a pic and a bit of text every day. I hope you find it interesting, or enlightening or refreshing.

Any comments — and I’d love to hear your thoughts — can be directed to me at bobqsix@Verizon.net.

Pictured is Opie, our precious 17-pound rescue dog and best woods buddy ever.

Enjoy and please come back often.opie edit (640x426)

 

The sweet side of winter

bittersweet useOn the mountain behind our family cemetery in Courtdale is a sparking profusion of Oriental Bittersweet, looking like natural Christmas ornaments spread throughout the forest. But it’s also a bad boy.

introduced to the U.S. in the 1860s as an ornamental plant, it is still widely planted for this reason. It is a prolific seed producer, and distributed by birds

Asiatic bittersweet – as its also known — forms dense thickets which prevent lower plants from photosynthesizing, and strangles shrubs and small trees by girdling their roots. It is displacing native America bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) by out-competing it and hybridizing with it.

To protect the native bittersweet, and since it is difficult to tell the two apart, it’s best not to pick any bittersweet but instead admire it where you find it.