Sitting in the porch swing the last few days, it looked like there was a small clump of flowers blooming at one o'clock along the forest edge. Even at 40 feet, I knew what they were. They often appear in the back yard. This is the first time I've seen them in the side yard. They're called "Indian Pipes." There's an old bit of romanticism that says every clump marks the spot of an Indian council fire from many moons ago. If that's so, they weren't very good at picking council areas. - lol - Regardless, they're unusual little things - their pale "blooms" and matching stalks having an other-worldly appearance. They generally run about 4-8 inches tall. I don't believe they're considered edible, but I think I once saw a medicinal use listed for them.
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Also, at 11 o'clock from my swinging seat, about 25 feet away, were three fungi totally different from the Indian Pipes. They were toad stool types of the same species and the third was too far away to include in the shot. I made no attempt to identify them, considering ALL such things poisonous until I ABSOLUTELY know otherwise.
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