White Snakeroot Bouquet with New Buckeyes

If you walk much in the woods here, you’re likely to hear the buckeyes dropping. When they fall, the gold-colored husks usually break open and release their shiny brown seeds. They are so glossy and just the perfect size for a pocket treasure. I find myself gathering them into little stacks and piles to place in offering spots. When I walk by the offering spots later, the buckeyes will be well-gnawed and dispersed.

The white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) is blooming in the wet sun-dappled fringes of the woods, and particularly along the drive where it gets more sun. This bouquet is in a little silver cup that was given to me as a baby gift; it’s engraved with my name and still bears the impression of my two tiny bottom teeth, which were fast to come in.

Today my forest ramble collection also included a pretty tuft of usnea.

White snakeroot bouquet with buckeyes and usnea
White snakeroot bouquet with buckeyes and usnea

 

 

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