Tuesday, July 17, 2018

As I get older

I came across a photo op yesterday. A poison ivy leaf had fallen onto a bed of moss in the barnyard.
The recent rains had turned the dull green moss into little pieces of velvet carpet under the oak and hickory.

The poison ivy leads the pack in color. They start mid-summer with a few leaves get a headstart turning crimson before the others follow in September and October.  

Mother Nature's ebb and flow are easy to overlook.  It wasn't until my 5th decade that I began to notice things that had long escaped me. 

I'm looking forward to this improving insight as I get older.


  1. It's the small things that are the big things.

  2. I never knew that about poison ivy. I just know that I avoid it at all measures. But im glad I know now not to pick up the first red leaves of Fall.

  3. Like Sandi, the little things are huge in my world.

  4. Small children and vintage adults seem to enjoy the world a bit more than the ages in between.

    1. Vintage adults. I love that Emma.

  5. Ahh the red leaf of mayhem! Love the picture and your write up. I was badly hit by Poison Ivy back in 1987 where my body swelled up including my eye lid. I had to get an adrenaline shot and was one big scratchy, itchy red, blue and purple mess. My only relief was filling the tub with cold water, throw in some ice and went into it to cool the body down. To this day, I still have a tough time identifying the damm plant

  6. Yes poison ivy can look beautiful. Look but don't touch! I've very allergic to it and it can make one's life miserable. I do think we notice more as we age. For me it's a time to stop and smell the roses and look for the bright side of every day. Every day may not be a good one but there is something good to be found in every day when you take the time to look for it.

  7. You have a winning eye. You definitely have a way of 'seeing' through a lens.
    From NC, Sherry & jack

  8. A great contrast between the red poisonous leaf and the green moss. I didn't know they turned red.

    If you ever get poison ivy toxin on your skin and you have Jewel Weeds around, you can use the sap from the stems and apply it to the itchy area and it will neutralize the toxin and stop the itch. It also works with poison oak. I've used it also for flea bites and mosquito bites and the No-See-Ems, those tiny insects that caused burning itch and big welts on the skin.
    Hugs, Julia

  9. An old friend (professional photographer, Blackie) advised me to always keep my camera immediately ready at all times. That GOD IN HEAVEN presents us with beautiful things and we never know when HE will present something spectacular, particularly a sunrise or sunset. On a trip to the Grand Canyon, he spent time getting photos of the sunset, and arose the next morning at 0300 hours to get photos of the sunrise. The differences were amazing. Lacy Barnett, Hoosier

    1. I think your friend blackie was spot on. I take my camera everywhere I go now.
      I'm glad you're able to read my blog now.
      Also Lacy, you should consider doing a blog yourself.

  10. Never seen poison ivy not a plant we see around Newie but the shot was lovely just so you know

  11. Anonymous10:37 PM

    The eyesight gets worse but the insight improves!!


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