07.02.2019 Two+ from West Branch of Fever Brook Pond

Partridge berries make nice ground cover and, of course, keep partridges fat and happy. One of these days I’ll get a shot of the berries but for now this pair of flowers (they are always in pairs) will do.

This was a first time looking at them so closely and all the fine hairs were a surprise. It was a challenge finding a composition I liked of the entire area.  There were hundreds if not thousands of them covering the forest floor around the beaver pond formed of the dammed  brook through North Quabbin.

Just a small portion of the colonies.  Probably the closest thing I’ll find locally to one of Steve’s Texas florascapes.

Nearby I noticed this Amanita sp.

Such rich color sitting in the sunshine.  I was able to shade the background with a little additional burning of a few hot spots to enable it to really stand out. There are a couple of possibilities as to the species but I don’t do spore prints or pick things in the wild.  The one thing I know for sure is to not take a nibble.  Amanitas are poisonous, some more deadly than others but none edible. I think there may be one or two exceptions to that but not worth the risk.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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14 Responses to 07.02.2019 Two+ from West Branch of Fever Brook Pond

  1. With plants that have a fixed number of a certain part, I’ve still occasionally come across a specimen with a different number. For example, I once found a poison ivy leaf with five leaflets instead of the customary three (hence the ditty “Leaves of three, let it be.”) Maybe the best-known example is a four-leaf clover. With that in mind, I hope someday you’ll find a partridge berry with three flowers or just one (and not because the other one has fallen off or been pulled off).

    As for the Amanita:
    When it comes to fight or flight,
    Fight the urge to take a bite.

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  2. Jane Lurie says:

    Wonderful images, Steve, and I am impressed with your identification skills. Mushrooms are so photogenic albeit a bit scary.

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    • Mushrooms are our ecosystem friends, Jane. Not much of our food or any other plant would be around without their Mycorrhizal cooperation. And, interestingly enough, fungi are more closely related to us than they are to plants even though for a long time they were considered part of the plant kingdom. Since I don’t pick anything in the wild I don’t have to worry about edibility. If it is edible I figure the wildlife needs it more than I do, saving if society crashes. Then it nuts and berries all the way.
      I am glad you enjoyed these images. Thank you, Jane.


  3. Todd Henson says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen Partridge berries before. Very interesting flowers. Makes me wonder what the main pollinators are. I’m always fascinated by the variety in the plant world (and that of fungi!).

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    • They are interesting with all those hairy details and that tall pistil. I have not seen pollinators on them but have read that bumblebees among others visit them.
      Amanitas are fairly common here, they pop up in our yard periodically, and I get to photograph them often. Some are such rich and vibrant colors.


  4. bluebrightly says:

    I like seeing the second Partridge berry image because it is so like what I have seen around here occasionally, but with Starflower (Trientalis arctica) and Twinflower (Linnaea borealis). The spreading fern in your image is lovely. And your Amanita is gorgeous!

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    • I’ve seen swaths of starflower also, Lynn. Not quite like this but pretty widespread. I almost didn’t make the fern image because of the bright spots but ended up liking it more than expected.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I’m so accustomed to berries on shrubs and trees, it surprised me to see partridge berries on the ground. Of course strawberries grow on the ground, and dewberries will trail, but they still seem the exception. The flowers are delightful. They remind me of Solomon’s seal, which also blooms in pairs — I think you have that one, too.

    The amanita is striking. Over the years, it’s been involved in a bit of a controversy about the original lyrics of the Carter family classic song, “Wildwood Flower. Sometime, the lyrics are:

    “Oh, I’ll twine with my mingles of raven black hair
    With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
    And the myrtle so bright with the emerald hue
    The pale emanita and hyssop so blue”

    The problem is, there’s no known flower called “emanita.” There have been several alternatives suggested, and “amanita” is one of them, since the qualities of the fungus seem to suit the qualities of the fellow who left his true love to pine away in his absence.


    • There are a few others like wintergreen and, although not truly a ground plant, low bush blueberries. Yes, we have both Solomon’s seal and false Solomon’s seal. A co-worker gave me a large clump of variegated Solomon’a seal which is doing well.
      I prefer to just think that this mushroom “eminates” from the ground. Chances are it may have been locally colloquial.


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