Going back through my pictures from this spring I see that I never posted this picture. Sometimes when I pull the pictures off from my camera and go through them I am shocked by them. Walking around the island on the Chagrin River where I took this picture, there were bluebells everywhere, at one point I walked through a field of them, it was truly stunning.
Normally I only take 2-3 pictures of each plant as I go by, but I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of the different bluebells as I ran across them, and I am glad I did take so many pictures. The picture featured in the post today was one of the last ones I took while I was out.
Of course I would choose to post a picture of BLUEbells and have it be one of the few pictures where the flowers were mostly pink 🙂
Wow its been a busy few weeks lately. I haven’t posted on the blog, but I have tons to put up on here, in the last couple weeks I have taken several hundred pictures while I have been out searching for wild edibles. I am learning more and more plants each time I go out, and I have been bringing some of them home to try.
When I was out this last Saturday, I was on one of my favorite islands in the Chagrin River when I ran across these geese and their babies. The picture turned out perfect! I didn’t want to get very close as they were very protective of their little ones, you can tell by how they have their necks that they were not happy with me being there!
I have been very busy the last couple weeks trying to get out and find as many wild edibles as I can. Last Thursday I headed out on my Kayak and went down to one of the islands on the Chagrin river to explore it and see what I could find there. Wow, I found so much. I am still working to identify a bunch of what I found last week. One plant that I just learned about this year is the Trout Lily, I have been finding Trout Lily’s all over the place now that I know what to look for, and they have made a nice snack while I am out, the bulb root is edible on these and it tastes a bit like cucumbers. However from reading Peterson’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants, you only want to eat a few of them as Trout Lily’s can have the effect of being a mild emetic (A substance that induces vomiting, like syrup of ipecac), however you would only run into that if you were to feast on the plant from my reading.
Also of interest, all of the greens in the background of this picture are wild onions. Almost the entire island was covered in them!
So I have been itching to get out on my kayak this year, I bought a wetsuit that came in last week and I have been looking for a good opportunity to get out there. Last night on my way home I decided to give it a run. The new wetsuit works great! I was able to kayak down to Anchor Island (http://www.kd8itx.com/blog/2010/08/kayaking-exploring-geocaching-nice-way-to-start-the-day/), and then I headed down to lake Erie. The lake is not really frozen, but there is a lot of ice out there that is pushing into the river, this picture shows me in the Chagrin River and you can see the outlet into Lake Erie. The ice was fun because you would just paddle really slow and the ice would kind of move around you, I didn’t go that far into it because I didn’t have a lot of time before dark, but I am glad I got out before all the ice was gone.
This last week I have gotten to go out a couple times on my new kayak, and I have to say, this is fun! On Saturday I went out in the morning and took my camera and tripod to try and get some pictures while out and about. In the Chagrin river there is a decent size island called Anchor Island, I was on it briefly on Thursday but got rained out. On Saturday I brought along some jeans and hiking boots to change into and spent about 2 hours on the island.
Anchor island (Click here to see it on a map) was brought to my attention as the Lake Metroparks system just put two geocaches on the island. I have found that the adventure geocaches are the ones I most enjoy, so I have been looking forward to getting out and finding these. This island was a lot of fun to hike around, there were some massive trees here, you don’t often see walnut and willow trees that are as big as the ones I found on the island here. Also I ran into a deer while there, I don’t think the deer was expecting to see a human there :-).
After taking the pictures I wanted to get and exploring a bit, I headed out into Lake Erie for a bit before heading back home. I have decided that kayaking first thing in the morning is really a good way to start the day!