October 27, 2014

Very red sumac.

On Picnic Point today in the late afternoon:


Meade took over the camera and kept me under surveillance:


But I got it back in time to get this shot:


That's the sumac on the right, its redness turned dingy under the dimming sky.


rhhardin said...

Smooth sumac is planted along the south side of my house. It's a very lightweight tree, growing like weeds, providing shade in the summar and not bothering much in the winter.

They live only a few years and are replaced by a thousand children, a few of which make it to the big time.

rhhardin said...

Another benefit of smooth sumac is the berries. Birds hate them, so in the early snow-covered spring they're the berries birds survive on, being the only berries left.

The other winter berry bearing plants get all their berries consumed in October.

madAsHell said...

Soldiers returning from the Ebola front are being quarantined in Italy. The Army doesn't want Ebola in the barracks. Good for them.

I don't really understand the reluctance to shut the door on West Africa, but it would be a great way to show that Obama can put pragma ahead of dogma.

Ann Althouse said...

From Bill Bryson's "Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid":

The worst chronic threat we had was poison sumac, though I never knew anyone, adult or child, who actually knew what it was or precisely how it would kill you. It was really just a kind of shrubby rumor. Even so, in any wooded situation you could always hold up a hand and announce gravely: “We’d better not go any farther. I think there might be sumac up ahead.”

“Poison sumac?” one of your younger companions would reply, eyes wide open.

“All sumac’s poisonous, Jimmy,” someone else would say, putting a hand on his shoulder.

“Is it really bad?” Jimmy would ask.

“Put it this way,” you would answer sagely. “My brother’s friend Mickey Cox knew a guy who fell into a sumac patch once. Got it all over him, you know, and the doctors had to like amputate his whole body. He’s just a head on a plate now. They carry him around in a hatbox.”

Pete said...

Looks like both of your forgot to pack the fish-eye lens.

pm317 said...

Sumac as in spice?

Unknown said...

Growing up once a year we would walk from the point of picnic point across the ice to the union. Stop for lunch half way. Skate if no snow.

RecChief said...

off topic I know, but I read this by Mark Hemingway, today:

"To some extent, this is just another way that the media are at once disdainful of their readers, and insecure about their self-declared expertise. And they should be insecure, because they are not experts in virology. Or economics, nutrition, religion, or any of the myriad subjects the media regularly get wrong. They can't tell the future, but they act like they can. And they sure can't reliably predict human behavior. When it comes to situations such as the Ebola crisis, there are, as Donald Rumsfeld put it, a lot of "unknown unknowns." Situations like this call for humility and facts first, pronouncements later.
However, the Ebola coverage is just the latest example of a familiar process. It's a common enough phenomenon that I suggested it needs a name, and a couple of smart friends suggested I call it "hacklash." I'll take a stab at fleshing out the problem: Again and again we see the media and political establishment, which frequently collude, trying to preempt calls for honesty and accountability by enforcing some elite consensus that's dismissive of the need to address institutional failures. There's a dismissal of legitimate concerns, right up until the facts finally overwhelm the preferred narrative and prompt some degree of public outrage. When the public inevitably gets wise, it's often before the media catch up, but usually too late to have avoided some secondary consequence or disaster. Each failure leaves the public more distrustful then they were before, and this necessitates even more aggressive attempts to ratchet up the elite consensus. Lather, rinse, repeat. This is basically the story of the Obama presidency, where nearly all of the staggering failures and crises--Ebola, ISIS, Obamacare, Benghazi, et al.--have played out in a similar fashion."

Hagar said...

The really scary part of Sharyl Atkisson's story is that the IT consultant she had check out her laptop found 3 (I think she said) very secret Government documents in there, buried unde several layers of security so that she could not have found them even if she had known they were there.

Put that together with what happened to James Rosen, and it is really scary.

RecChief said...

Also, I see that the 5 yr old at Bellevue has tested negative for ebola.

What a relief for the kid's parents.

MadisonMan said...

The same walk will be dark next week.

What a glorious day today though! Bliss.

Quaestor said...

Smooth sumac is planted along the south side of my house

The Sumac that grows in the South stinks horribly. It also turns a lovely scarlet in the fall, but the oder is simply atrocious. We have another sumac called staghorn, named for the shape of the berry clusters. According to my old Scout manual a "lemonade" can be made from staghorn berries. Nobody in my troop ever made any sumac lemonade. The poison variety can be distinguished from the staghorn by the shape of the berry clusters. Poison sumac has berries that hand down from the stem like grapes, while staghorn clusters point upwards like antlers (a bit iambic that was).

Lemonade made from the berries of poison sumac would be interesting to drink.

Quaestor said...

typo. the berries HANG down. Dammit.

Quaestor said...

Sumac as in spice?


chillblaine said...

"The really scary part of Sharyl Atkisson's story is that the IT consultant she had check out her laptop found 3 ... secret Government documents in there."

You know, Renee Zellweger sure looks different now! That's a story!

MaxedOutMama said...

Your basic human camera rights were violated.

Free Althouse!!!

Coconuss Network said...

Need a few more weeks for the rich reds and yellows. We're still mostly green here in Bavaria Germany.

ken in tx said...

I have made sumac lemonade. You can make it with the red berries whether they hang down or stick up. It's the white berries that are poison.