Catching The Colour
by petal & pins
I had the idea to capture the colours of autumn along the same route I took you on for a twilight stroll.
Mr Petal & Pins loved the idea when I told him my plan, but when I took my camera with me a few days later the moment was gone – the trees that I’d been admiring with their blaze of crimsons and reds only had a sparse amount of leaves still clinging to their branches so I settled for a photo of the ornamental grape that covers a fence and the rose bush that escapes a summer deadheading.
Sometimes when catching the colour you need to be quick…Mother Nature waits for no one.
Lovely fall colors – you’re right about Mother Nature waiting for no one. Here on the other side, spring is rushing in like a river. I seemed to miss the fiddlehead fern harvest whilst my attention was turned elsewhere. Oh, well, there is always next year. 🙂
What do you do with the fiddleback fern harvest Eliza?!
There is one species of Osmunda fern that, when they just emerge and are still tightly wound, you can pick to eat. I usually sauté them with butter, garlic and a touch of tamari. They have a green, slightly nutty flavor. It’s a small window, once they unfurl they go bitter.
That sounds delicious – I will have to investigate what species I have growing but I’m not sure I have enough to sacrifice those beautiful fiddle curls for my supper!
The only edible fern here in New England that I know of is the Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris). Others can be toxic, so perhaps check with a local wild food forager in your area who might be able to tell you what is edible.
yes it’s the same as wild mushrooms you need someone who knows their stuff
Mushrooms are so tricky, they scare me!
yes Sandra, I went back to the claret ashes in Byard St near Darling Parade last weekend and had a very similar experience. I did find some other lovely colours but not the magical moment from five days before when I’d been driving by and the were glowing in the afternoon sun.
oh weren’t they spectacular a week back! (They were some Of the ones I photographed in blossom)