Saturday, September 19, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

American Bladdernut Report

American Bladdernut
Staphylea trifolia L.
 has interesting fruit. They grow in a 3 sided bladder. 
The seeds could be collected and grouped to make a rattling sound.

Leaves are toothed coming to a point at the tip. 

The trees do well in partial shade, but this tree seems to be thriving in the open sun.

This tree is a thicket forming shrub that can grow up to 25'. Planted occasionally as an ornamental. I don't see the tree often and was glad to come across this one.


My time in nature is always good. I trust the Lord for His protection and comfort. 

Psalm 119:165
Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble.

Proverbs 3:23
Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble.

Isaiah 63:13
Who led them through the depths? Like the horse in the wilderness, they did not stumble;

1 John 2:10
The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Slippery Elm Report

Slippery elm
Ulmus rubra Muhlenb.
At times this tree is also called red elm.

Ht up to 60' Has long trunk before deviding into branches. Has flat open crown.

Flowers Feb to April
Fruit: April to June usually 3/4" long. Has wing circling the seed with a notch at the top.
Leaves: Alternate, simple 4 - 8" long. 2-3" wide. Upper surface rough like sandpaper making the name of the tree seem like sarcasm.  But the name really comes from the inner bark which is sticky when chewed. The leaves are serrate like saw teeth. And the large teeth have smaller teeth. The tip of the tree is pointed and usually crooked. The upper surface has hairs that are stiff and below softer hairs.
Tea from the inner bark was used for coughs, and stomach problems. External bark was applied as a tea to fresh wounds, and burns.

The Indians used Slippery elm when paper birch was not available the bark was used for canoe shells.

Like American Elm, this tree is susceptible to Dutch elm disease and phloem necrosis.

Because of the long bole the tree, Slippery elm has the possibility of being used for lumber. It is listed in my "Missouri Woods" book by Robert Massengale.

The wood is of medium density, but for its weight has some strength.

The heartwood is reddish brown which would give the reason for the name of red elm. The texture of the wood is course but it machines with little difficulty  and bends easily. 

The wood is not easy to dry because of warping and shrinks a lot. There also seems to be a lot of ring shake. Ring shake is where the wood separates along where the annual rings were formed.

Notes came from:
 "Trees of Missouri" By Don Kurz
"Trees of Missouri" by  Carl Setternren and R.E. McDermott
"Missouri Woods" by Robert Massengale

Monday, September 14, 2015

Summer Stroll

Shaded park land gives protection against the blistering heat of the summer.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Weeping Willow

The name seems to come from the thin branches that hang down.
This an ornamental tree from China.

September 11th is a day of remembrance of those who lost their lives in the terror attack against America. Let us remember that life is from the Lord and not lose heart.

Psalm 30:5 "For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning."

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Black Willow

When you see willow you know water is near. God will give us life sustaining water.

Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

John 4:13,14 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Blue Vervain

Psalm 119:89 "Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven."
(Or stands firm in heaven. notes)

New Living Translation
Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven.

English Standard Version
Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

Psalm 119:152 "Of old I have known from Your testimonies That You have founded them forever."

Isaiah 55:11 "So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Unripe Blackberries

Blackberries would usually ripen around the 4th of July. This year was sort of sub tropical by the amount of rain we were getting. So even by the 24th of July there were many red Black berries.

I thought of looking for the maturing of answers to prayer that I am waiting for. There are many things that could slow up the answer. Yet I don't want to give up on God. The answer will come and He promised in His Word that He would answer.

Matthew 7:7,8 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For EVERYONE who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."

Monday, September 07, 2015

Common Mullein Flower

I got some more photos of Common Mullein. This close up worked well.
f/14 1/640 sec ISO 1600 41mm 0 step Using an extension tube.

Here is my post from October last year.

The bottom photo is for reference on how much I enlarged the photo.

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

Psalm 119:97 
O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Flowers are nice and beauty of this world is enjoyable. But there is coming a time of winter. It is not far away. Yet even in the bleak times of winter God is with us. It is the preperation of the winter that brings the growth of the next season.

I want to position myself for growth in God by studying the Bible and meditating on the goodness He brings to my life. Then with His love I can give to others.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Bee Activity

Bees, God's workers.

Joshua 24:12 

'Then I sent the hornet before you and it drove out the two kings of the Amorites from before you, but not by your sword or your bow."

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Growing Flax

The settlers across the US planted flax in the 1800's. There are 2 types of seed used. One was for the oil gained from the seed. Linseed oil has many uses.  The other was for the fiber that they used to make linen.

Isaiah 61:10
"I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels."

Friday, September 04, 2015

American Sycamore Seed Ball

Here is a close up of an American Sycamore seed ball.

Genesis 1:11 "Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so."

Thursday, September 03, 2015


Psalm 104:24
"O Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions."

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Scotch Pine

I am not the best on IDing pines but this seems to be a Scotch Pine that we saw in this park park in June 2015. The pine cone and two pine needles per bundle match up with Scotch pine.