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Archive for April 13, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some photographs I’ve recently taken as well as some of my favorites from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

BLUE COHOSH (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

This April-blooming, deciduous woods wildflower is easily overlooked, as its flowers are quite small compared to its large, blue-green, tulip-shaped leaflets. Called “squaw-root” by Native Americans, it is known to have been used as a medicinal herb to induce labor as well as ease childbirth. Later in the summer look for its blue berry-like fruit, growing one to three feet above the forest floor.