Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) is also called Eastern Hophornbeam, ironwood, or leverwood, and is a medium-sized, understory tree is native to eastern North America. The trunk is covered in a characteristic gray-brown bark, which sometimes flakes off in shaggy plates. The "flowers" (technically fruit, but not edible that I know of) look like hops used for brewing. This is an often sighted tree in many of the upper elevations of the Catskills. #hophornbeam#hops#ironwood#ostyravirginiana#understory#northeasttrees#Catskills#CatskillNative
8 772 days ago
The hens clucked about,
as the old sage lay sick.
The little girl watched.
As they whispered and waited
They offered 'apples?'
wanting to please, concerned crease.
He nodded and said- leave them , I'll eat.
The little girl refused to go.
They chased her around the room
she was nimble
Under the bed she rolled
behind the curtains
a tiny ninja who refused to be taken.
He was dying but he started laughing
And looked at the child
Eyes all a-twinkle.
-Let her be, you all go she'll take care of me.
The little girl of four
Danced around the floor
buzzing with incessant questions
he answered as he chewed the apple.
Then sighed as if tired.
The next he spoke was a gush of blood
After the initial shock
seeing his head slipping
She propped him with a pillow,
The questions would have to keep.
As he could no longer speak.
He motioned to call the others,
And entered shrieks of horror.
She was whisked away on a strong shoulder.
Little head pondered.
Years later she got it.
That the merry old ink blotter
Had left her an open secret
under our skins?
we're all filled with red water.
~Oct of '77
The Alchemist: Semeon Abay
Then Semeon let the penny drop. The coffee was his. Developed in secret, with no prior approval, completely off radar of Ninety Plus. Joseph was incredulous…hovering between ecstasy and a cosmic WTF? Semeon looked down the table and grinned mischievously. “What can I say…I’m dangerous.” Read the entire story at ninetypluscoffee.com/thealchemist
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We spotted this interesting patch of vegetation last week and are finally able to get an ID thanks to @connor.d.hogan. This American Squaw-Root is a native but parasitic plant that feeds off of the roots of oak trees. It doesn't do any of its own photosynthesizing and is a treat for deer and bear. #parasitism#alwayslearning#understory