What I did on one rainy day dog walk:
Tried a tasteless sample of the tantalizing red fruit of Indian strawberry – once again – to make sure it wasn’t a “real” sweet wild strawberry. (It wasn’t.)
Marveled, as I do every year, over the diminutive white candelabra buds of pipsissewa (aka spotted wintergreen) and tiny flat white flowers of hearts-a-bustin', two of my favorite woodland plants.
Noted three trees that have fallen in a 24-hour period: a poplar, a maple, and a leaning oak in our back woods which had been hung in other trees since Hurricane Irma, nearly two years ago. Notable because they all fell on a windless, sunny day, as if by mutual agreement that it was time to let go.
Spied a very large (6 feet?) black snake laying on the newly horizontal trunk of the fallen maple, right where it broke, some 12 feet above ground.
Wondered at the name of a very common yellow wildflower growing on the roadside, and wondered why I bother to learn names of unusual plants, but too often fail to learn names of more 'common' beauties.~K