|Blackberries (Rubus spp.) - notice the receptacle still remaining in the cluster of tiny one-seeded fruits that make up what we consider one blackberry.|
|Blackberries ripening - this plant had leaves possessing just 3 small leaflets each.|
|Kudzu (Pueraria spp)|
|Giant unknown mushrooms|
|The largest mushroom up close - check out that lacy cap! That lace is the torn fragments of a universal veil. This is the membrane that encloses the mushroom and tears as the stalk begins to grow. The underside was ivory colored as well and gilled.|
|Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)|
A fragrant tea can be made of those leaves. Steep a half cup of fresh leaves to one cup of hot water for 10 minutes. If you can, cover your cup with a plate or lid to intensify the aroma. The bark has traditionally be used medicinally as well. I have yet to use it this way so I cannot speak to it. But making a decoction (simmering the bark for 20 minutes) reportedly brings heat to the body and can aid in breaking a fever and detoxifying the body. The red berries can be ground up and used as a spice that pairs well with cinnamon and ginger.
|A view of Lake Brandt at sundown|