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Season of Fruitfulness: A Morning Walk

Posted Sep 11 2008 2:13am

Earlier today, Rhiannon and I took a little walk up the wash looking for acorns and cherries. It was beautiful canyon morning with mist lingering along the cliffs and mountaintops, as the river sang loudly from between its banks. We’ve been receiving generous amounts of rain each night and the river has been slowly rising in accord with the added precipitation. Rhiannon skipped ahead of me, barefoot and delighted with the weather, the prospect of cherries and life itself. She’s such an infectious little thing, I swear I gave birth to faerie creature! She was skipping so fast though, that I didn’t manage to get any non-blurry picture of her.

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The Goldenrod is going strong, and today I harvested a couple armfuls for oil and tincture. This plant has so many uses, from wounds to allergies to its unparalleled excellence for strained, sore or injured muscles. I use the flowers only for my oil, but the flowering tops for tincture. I tend to think that the more aromatic the flowers the better, but I have one species here (a larger, coarser spp than the one above) that has little to no smell that works great, especially for allergies and sinus drainage. I’m pleased to have harvested so much since nearly every year I manage to miss the bulk of the harvest because I’m so busy. Not this year though!

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The aromatic flower stalk of our native American Pennyroyal (Hedeoma spp) that has been blooming all through late summer and now into fall. I wish I could have this picture larger and at a higher resolution so you could see the shocking pink patterns within the flower and calyx. This infamous herb is wonderfully warming and stimulating for the uterus and also makes a very tasty tea.

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One my great loves, the Evening Primrose. I’ve been working with this plant for some time now, especially in regards to its actions upon the female reproductive system and the nervous system and I continue to be amazed by its gentle power and consistent results. The arroyo is just full of them right now, they’re growing from rock crevices and under massive trees. Persistent, strong, sweet and unfailingly graceful - I consider this herb to be one of my favorite teachers.

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Another picture of the Evening Primrose, this one slowly closing with a soft pink blush.

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And finally, the Cherries! Big, fat and remarkably sweet after ripening in the New Mexico sun for the last month. They still leave a distinctive bitter aftertaste in the mouth, but make a flavorful and unusual jam.

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I would have taken pictures of the acorns too, which were huge and perfectly ripe, but I was just too busy scooping them up by the handfull in anticipation of more wonderful chocolate banana acorn cake. Soon though, perhaps a picture of the acorns alongside some lovely acorn treats.

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I love this transition of the seasons, of the light changing each morning and twilight coming just a little sooner each night. A season of transformation and deepening, of lengthening shadows and lingering dreams.

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