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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

Cuckoo Pint in Dry Brook

Cuckoo Pint in Dry Brook

Arum italicum – Cuckoo Pint is a strange little perennial with boring greenish-white spathes in early summer followed by spectacular drumstick seedheads of reddish-orange. The attractive dark green foliage (often with creamy-silver variegation) does go summer dormant, but reappears in fall and lasts through winter.
— https://mikesgardentop5plants.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/woodland-perennials/
In autumn the lower ring of (female) flowers forms a cluster of bright red berries which remain after the spathe and other leaves have withered away. These attractive red to orange berries are extremely poisonous.
— Wikipedia

This cloud covered morning I walk trails of the other side of the river in muggy morning. There is threat and expectancy of rain, but this is drought, and the gray sky only threatens.

Along the trail beside the Charles there is a brook that runs from the river, when there is water, under the path through a large steel pipe, off into the woods. This rocky bed of waterless soil has baked dry days and days of summer - I pass regularly without notice. 

Today, bright red berries, this arresting mystery, catches my eye. 

I learn its name and nature - enchanting poison.


Kelly DuMar