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Welcome to daily nature photo and creative writing blog, #NewThisDay

Welcome to my daily nature photo blog

Writing from My Photo Stream ~ Kelly DuMar


#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

Smooth Sumac, Old State Mental Hospital Grounds

Smooth Sumac, Old State Mental Hospital Grounds

Uses: Sumac serves primarily as a winter emergency food for wildlife. Ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, wild turkey, and about 300 species of songbirds include sumac fruit in their diet. It is also known to be important only in the winter diets of ruffed grouse and the sharp-tailed grouse. Fox squirrels and cottontail rabbits eat the sumac bark. White-tail deer like the fruit and stems.
— USDA https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_rhgl.pdf

Native plant blazing in the lost city

where the untended flames wildly

for autumn, winding and coiling over  

windows boarded, doors left unlocked

so all the inmate bodies and their takers

of care, every one of them absent now, 

a city of souls free to roam or remain

  - USDA https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_rhgl.pdf

  - USDA https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_rhgl.pdf

All photos and words copyright Kelly DuMar 2016 (unless otherwise attributed)