December, a Short Walk.

Took a short walk with my boys today, and I took a few pics.

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These are ground cherry (Physalis spp.) husks. This time of year most of the fuits have either been eaten or have gone bad, but we did find one good one for my 3 yr old in this small patch. (Learn more about ground cherries in my DVD. See side bar to order.)

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This is stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). It is a a nutritious edible, but should be cooked to remove the sting. (This is another plant covered in my DVD).

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The holes in this tree (pretty sure it is an apple tree) are made by a yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius). They tap the trees for sap. Many other species of birds drink from the holes, including humming birds. Insects also like to drink the sap, but often get stuck in it. This provides the sapsucker with 2 snacks when they return to the tree later.

Thanks for reading,

Nate

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