What do foxfires and glowworms have in common? Well, both are examples of bioluminescence found in the Appalachian temperate rainforests, but in this case I'm talking about the Foxfire books, not the fungi.
I happened upon Foxfire 3 in the bookstore the other day which covers some wildcrafting (with a recipe for Cattail Pancakes and Honey Locust/Persimmon Beer), making your own banjos and dulcimers, an apple butter recipe, how to make sorghum with a horse operated mill and instructions for making your own butter churn. Ya know, just casual rainy day craft party kinda stuff.
I must say that I love the simple design of these original books. Who says good cover art needs anything more than text? Best use of Cooper Black ever.
We also had a great time watching fireflies and glowworms, but it's really difficult to take good pictures of those little guys. So instead, here are some native flowers I found. . .
|Flame Azalea (a type of rhododendron)|
|I forget what this one is!|
It's been lovely up here. . .
|Chunk of mica I found in the creek|
Being the only temperate rainforest in the US not along the West Coast (as far as I know at least) I feel very much at home. I've never seen this many rhododendrons before-- they're as big as trees! I tried to get some photographic evidence of these floral beasts, but they turned out too blurry. To give you an idea, I was able to climb one and sit in its branches! Beautiful.
Up in the Mountains last summer. . .
Time to return to the city, see you on the other side!