Season of Fruitfulness: A Morning Walk

Season of Fruitfulness: A Morning Walk

Earlier today, Rhiannon and I took a little walk up the wash looking for acorns and cherries. It was beautiful canyon morning with mist lingering along the cliffs and mountaintops, as the river sang loudly from between its banks. We’ve been receiving generous amounts of rain each night and the river has been slowly rising in accord with the added precipitation. Rhiannon skipped ahead of me, barefoot and delighted with the weather, the prospect of cherries and life itself. She’s such an infectious little thing, I swear I gave birth to faerie creature! She was skipping so fast though, that I didn’t manage to get any non-blurry picture of her.

 

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The Goldenrod is going strong, and today I harvested a couple armfuls for oil and tincture. This plant has so many uses, from wounds to allergies to its unparalleled excellence for strained, sore or injured muscles. I use the flowers only for my oil, but the flowering tops for tincture. I tend to think that the more aromatic the flowers the better, but I have one species here (a larger, coarser spp than the one above) that has little to no smell that works great, especially for allergies and sinus drainage. I’m pleased to have harvested so much since nearly every year I manage to miss the bulk of the harvest because I’m so busy. Not this year though!

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The aromatic flower stalk of our native American Pennyroyal (Hedeoma spp) that has been blooming all through late summer and now into fall. I wish I could have this picture larger and at a higher resolution so you could see the shocking pink patterns within the flower and calyx. This infamous herb is wonderfully warming and stimulating for the uterus and also makes a very tasty tea.

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One my great loves, the Evening Primrose. I’ve been working with this plant for some time now, especially in regards to its actions upon the female reproductive system and the nervous system and I continue to be amazed by its gentle power and consistent results. The arroyo is just full of them right now, they’re growing from rock crevices and under massive trees. Persistent, strong, sweet and unfailingly graceful – I consider this herb to be one of my favorite teachers.

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Another picture of the Evening Primrose, this one slowly closing with a soft pink blush.

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And finally, the Cherries!  Big, fat and remarkably sweet after ripening in the New Mexico sun for the last month. They still leave a distinctive bitter aftertaste in the mouth, but make a flavorful and unusual jam.

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I would have taken pictures of the acorns too, which were huge and perfectly ripe, but I was just too busy scooping them up by the handfull in anticipation of more wonderful chocolate banana acorn cake. Soon though, perhaps a picture of the acorns alongside some lovely acorn treats.

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I love this transition of the seasons, of the light changing each morning and twilight coming just a little sooner each night. A season of transformation and deepening, of lengthening shadows and lingering dreams.

11 Comments

  1. Denise
    Sep 11, 2008

    Those cherries are gorgeous and I’ll bet they are good, too!
    We have an old cherry tree here in the housing complex where we live—no telling how long it’s been there. This all used to be a dairy many, many years ago, so I sometimes imagine that the tree was at one time part of a farmer’s yard. Anyhow, it was LOADED with dark red, plump cherries……….but unfortunately, full of worms as well. I was disappointed, but the birds were very happy to have them all to themselves, and it didn’t take them long to strip the tree bare!
    Thanks so much for all the wonderful pictures from your walk and sharing your day with us.

  2. shawna
    Sep 11, 2008

    What a lovely walk! I am always amazed at how far away you are yet many of the plants around us bloom at the same time. Right now, the fields and valleys are taking on a sort of burnt look with the dying plant matter and all along roadways and around the yard the goldenrod is casting bright yellow streaks across it, just powerful and clear as the sun in these fall days as if to say, take heart!
    It always seems I am busy with harvest as well when it blooms, though like you, I took note and made a special time to put some up this year……

  3. darcey
    Sep 11, 2008

    wow those cherries ripened very nicely!! hooray! goldenrod is in full swing here as well! I always know fall is here because Gaia makes everything all golden yellow.

  4. susan
    Sep 11, 2008

    I’m intrigued by the idea of the goldenrod flower oil. Could you say more about that?
    Your walk was really lovely. Thanks for inviting us along..with blurry fairies and plump cherries at the end.

  5. Kiva Rose
    Sep 11, 2008

    Thanks for reading everyone!

    Susan, if you’re interested in the goldenrod oil look it up in my search box to the left, I’ve written lots about it before.

  6. julie
    Sep 12, 2008

    Wow! I just found your beautiful blog! I’m a mother, herbalist, lover of the land in Vermont and I love peering into your gorgeous land/life in such a different eco-system from mine. Glad to have found you. I’ll enjoy checking in!
    Julie

  7. Carol
    Sep 13, 2008

    Well, I’m really intrigued by the chocolate banana acorn cake! Will you share your recipe, especially how you prepare the acorns (and what type they are).

    Thanks

    Carol

  8. Kiva Rose
    Sep 13, 2008

    I believe I’ve already written about how I process acorns (roast them in the shell and store in a non airtight container, then shell and grind) in a previous post, try looking it up in the search box. I use all species of SW acorns found in the canyon(Gambel, Emory, Live etc). I’ll post the recipe when I get a chance.

    Thanks for reading!

  9. Nourished Mother
    Sep 13, 2008

    Lovely Kiva…

  10. Carol
    Sep 14, 2008

    Ah, yes, I see! I searched for chocolate and bananas, how silly, but you can see what my mind clung to! And I see what you’re saying about the sweetness of your acorns. I live in England with different acorn species and a completely different climate than you have!

    Thanks for getting me to look again.

    Carol

  11. Jane
    Jul 19, 2010

    Hi Kiva,

    I have to tell you I am so in love with Evening Primrose — thank you so much for introducing this incredible plant to me via your course. I thought I’d be done with the course in 2-3 months, but I’m just loving the immersion with your questions, concepts, and the amazing plants themselves. Gracias! ~ Jane

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