June 19, 2005

Natural details.

I took a walk today on the Military Ridge Trail. There were luscious, juicy flowers:

Military Ridge Trail

Flowers that looked like fireworks:

Military Ridge Trail

And a mysterious hole in the woods:

Military Ridge Trail


Deborah White said...

Your photos are lovely and relaxing to view!

Deb Whitehorse said...

I believe the top two photos are Angelica atropurpurea, or Great Angelica.

Angelica is a very good tonic herb for women and children, the elderly or general debility, it is said to strengthen the heart. Powdered root is said to cause disgust for liquor. It has an antibacterial action, preventing the growth of various bacteria.

Angelica root contains vitamin B12, Zinc, Thiamin, Sucrose, Riboflavin, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Fructose, Glucose, and many other trace minerals. Externally it is used as a medicinal gargle for sore throats and mouths and as a medicinal poultice for broken bones, swellings, itching and rheumatism. An infusion of Angelica root, used as a wash for the face, is said to prevent acme. A powder made from the dried root is used for athletes foot, as well as an insecticide and pesticide


Wow, an herb that can prevent acme! Alert the Coyote....

Ann Althouse said...

Deborah: Thanks!

Deb: Hilarious (re "acme").

I was wondering how to figure out what those were. Thanks. Apparently, that plant cures everything. Those things are huge, by the way. Over six feet tall.

Meade said...

Great pics but be very careful before using Angelica that you have a 100% identification as it is not difficult to confuse with Poison Hemlock from the same Family. Yes, the Hemlock (Conium maculatum) of which Socrates was made to quaff a lethal dose.

Matt Brown said...

That hole in the forest probably leads to that island on the show "Lost."