Howard - the plant: a milk weed/thistle? I don't know for sure, but that is what it reminds me of. Beautiful pics. It's a gorgeous day.
Photos: A President's Day drive through Pembroke
Submitted by Howard Owens on February 20, 2012 - 1:44pm
A beautiful clear morning -- hard to believe it was 21 degrees at 9 a.m. when I headed out for a bit of a drive to see what sort of pictures I might be able to take.
Above, a barn on Indian Falls Road just west of North Pembroke Road.
Barn at the intersection of Indian Falls Road and Little Indian Falls Road.
A tree in a field off Phelps Road.
A barn on Gorton Road, taken from Phelps Road.
I need somebody to ID this plant for me, please.
Telephone pole on Pratt Road.
The plant is a sumac.
It's red sumac or staghorn sumac. The drupes (cluster of berries) can be boiled into a tea that tastes very similar to lemonade. The same "tea" with melted paraffin floating on top was used as a bath for animal traps. Trappers dipped their traps into the brew to remove human scent and add a waterproofing coat of wax. Red sumac is distinguished from white sumac which like poison ivy contains urushiol. White sumac has white drupes (berries) instead of red.
C.M. is like a walking encyclopedia:)
...More like an attic, Beth.
Wow, thanks to all. I thought a sumac was a tree (and maybe it is that as well).
I love the picture of the telephone pole; very artistic.