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Spelunking 101 and Plant Identification Help

Amber Shehan November 16, 2011

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Here is a photo post for y’all to enjoy…they don’t capture the reality of the smell of the leaves, the sound of the rushing stream nearby, the dripping of the rain onto the fallen leaves, or the giggling of my dear Eric and myself, but I’m pretty proud. 

You see, the photo-genius behind Modern Scribe Photography, Sarah Thomas, has been teaching me how to use all of the twiddly-bits on my camera, I’ve been excited about getting the pictures I want instead of dealing with the pictures I get! 

I could use a hand with plant identification as well!  Check out the last couple of pictures and let me know if my guesses are correct…(UPDATE:  The identified plants have been labeled!)

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We loaded up our gear (swords, rope, torches, anti-goblin powder, and a faithful cleric to heal us) and entered the crack in the earth.

But this is from halfway in, looking toward the entrance in the first picture.  The rest of the cave was just dark, wet rock, mud on the ground, and angry cave crickets.  Denied the chance to battle a dragon, we explored the surrounding riverbank.

But this is from halfway in, looking toward the entrance in the first picture. The rest of the cave was just dark, wet rock, mud on the ground, and angry cave crickets. Denied the chance to battle a dragon, we explored the surrounding riverbank.

UPDATE:  This lovely purple-flowered plant is Wild Phlox!  (Is this bee balm? Monarda?  Because when I saw it, my heart sang.  But I've never found bee balm in the wild, only big, red-flowered, over-fertilized department store bee balm for landscaping...Can anyone confirm it?)

UPDATE: This lovely purple-flowered plant is Wild Phlox! (Is this bee balm? Monarda? Because when I saw it, my heart sang. But I’ve never found bee balm in the wild, only big, red-flowered, over-fertilized department store bee balm for landscaping…Can anyone confirm it?)

This was a verdant green, more live than most other plants around.  It struck me as my eyes fell on it, and my brain said "Vinca" (periwinkle), but that is not correct.  There were no visible flowers, does anyone know what this is?

This was a verdant green, more live than most other plants around. It struck me as my eyes fell on it, and my brain said “Vinca” (periwinkle), but that is not correct. There were no visible flowers, does anyone know what this is?

UPDATE: Wild Rosehips!!  (And then I found more color...can anyone help me identify this berry bramble?)

UPDATE: Wild Rosehips!! (And then I found more color…can anyone help me identify this berry bramble?)

 

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1 Comment

  1. Pallas Renatus on December 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

    That first plant is really bothering me. Periwinkle was my first thought too, but the leaf tips aren’t nearly pointy enough. I see this stuff everywhere, but it’s name is escaping me!

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