Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day

I had to work most of official "Earth Day", but I was able to celebrate the Saturday before by joining a guided walk thru Burnidge Woods to view early wildflowers in bloom.

Bloodroot (seen here) is not only striking, but has quite a history. The root and leaf emit a red sap which the Native American Indians used as a dye for fabrics, tools and war paint. It was also used medicinally to treat a variety of ailments.

The flower normally only blooms for a single day, so how nice to have seen such a show of them.