Don't Know Jack

May 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Jack Pulpit 0090-EditJack in the PulpitAfter a Summer Storm I am often amazed at how oblivious I can be to the nature around me. Behind our townhome in VA is a nice woods that escaped development primarily because it meets the definition of a wetland. I walk it frequently and have posted several pictures from it. But only recently did I discover Jack in the Pulpit growing in the woods. And once I found one, I realized that the plant was numerous in the woods. Some American Indians used the plant as a medicine and it does contain the toxin calcium oxalate. Calcium oxalate is also the chemical that causing gout. Of course once I knew the plants were there, I had to take a picture. Yesterday we had a thunderstorm and afterwards the late afternoon sun broke through in the understory of the woods. By laying on the ground I was able to catch this backlit Jack in the Pulpit. Nikon D300, Nikkor 85mm macro, 1/160 s, f 5, ISO 200.


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