There’s a lot of places I can walk to for some R&R right near my house. There some power lines. There was some Juniper growing. Check out the berries. They’re good with venison or lamb or even a roast beef. They also use them to flavor Gin.
Just a little further up along the power lines I saw some bittersweet. Being red and orange once the fruits split this stuff is tough to miss. It has a lot of medicinal properties, but the fruit can be toxic.
Just a little further along we saw some deer tracks. It rained pretty heavy a couple of days ago, so these tracks are new. I usually see tracks up there. If you don’t know what ruminant tracks look like, they look kind of like a narrow heart.
Animals are like people. Actually the better way to think of it is that people are animals. Wildlife likes to take shortcuts when possible, just like us. If it’s a choice between heavy brush and power lines, the deer are gonna take the power lines. They’d rather take a bridge of some sort then get all wet. They get funneled into areas the same way we do, by fallen trees, stone walls, the neighbor’s fence and ponds. And more tracks…
And more…does this one look a little deeper to you? Maybe she was larger?
We then ventured over to the pond. On the way over there I saw some reddish/purple canes. That’d be where I get some blackberries during the summer. When you see this stuff you have to file it away and remember to come back to pick that sweet, sweet summer fruit. Easy to spot because the canes have that purplish tint.
You have to keep your eyes open. Look up into the tree tops and look down at the ground. Walk slower if you need to. Stop and listen. What do you hear? If you see something interesting: a leaf, branch, rock, berry or bone bend down and pick it up. Bring it home and look it up in one the Peterson’s Guide Books that you have. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw_0_10?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=peterson%27s+field+guide&sprefix=peterson%27s
You need to have one of these a bunch of these guidebooks to cross reference stuff.
You need to get out into the woods and walk around.