I know you've heard me talk about snow-berries before. They are one of the plants Lewis and Clark brought back to Thomas Jefferson while on their discovery travels. I was not familiar with the species until I saw a gathered bunch sitting on a shelf at an antique store several years ago. Julie was with me and we were both intrigued by the bundle of dried berries.
The plant is actually a bush and grows wild in my woods. Although through my many walks in the woods on winter days when I was younger never did I see such a bush. Back then I was looking for rabbits and quail instead of snowberry bushes. I hunted when I was in my early twenties.
There's nothing like a walk in the woods right after a snow and for hunters it's the best time because they can spot their game more easily in the white landscape.
I found the little snow-berry wreath while antique shopping a couple of weekends ago. It was hanging on an old wooden shelf. I got excited when I saw it knowing what a treasure it is. The lady at the antique shop had no idea what it was. In fact, she thought the dried wreath was made of Styrofoam. Oh no, I say, this is a snow-berry, very rare and precious. She probably thought I was a bit off talking so passionately about a dried berry!
Anyway, of all the things I found that day, that was one of my favorite! I will get the other wonderful finds together soon and share. One in which is amazing and I can't believe how I found it, interesting story to tell.
Oh and since we're talking snow-berries, how about a snowy picture of me on the famous snow hill right outside my kitchen window.
I went up and down the hill seven times yesterday morning. Felt great! I wish I had an action shot but my camera man couldn't get it! Poor Lennis, he's intimidated by any kind of digital instrument. I start at the very top of the hill and then full body and sled as one, land chest first, the best way to sled by the way.
Lily was chasing me all the way down the hill nipping at me and barking until her little legs could not keep up with my speed and then here she comes jumping on me at the bottom of the hill, priceless!