Foraging in Inwood Park - July 17, 2011

Foraging in Inwood Park, Manhattan, New York, NY. Based on a tour given by "Wildman" Steve Brill. Except for the panorama, all pictures were taken with a 90mm equivalent macro lens. Hence all pictures are closeups. This time I used spot focusing and the ISO was set to 3200 to increase depth of field.

1: Hawthorn. Out of season.
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2: Burdock, first year.
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3: Burdock, first year. Note whiteness underneath.
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4: Burdock, second year.
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5: Burdock burrs.
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6: Wildman holding burdock root.
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7: Digging up burdock root.
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8: Wineberry.
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9: Poison ivy.
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10: Mugwort.
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11: Common sow thistle.
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12: Common sow thistle.
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13: Garlic mustard, second year. Seeds are perfect to collect right now. Don't have to grind seeds to use. Note poison ivy in lower right.
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14: Lambs quarters.
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15: Catnip flowers.
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16: Catnip flowers. Note square stems and leaves in two.
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17: Catnip.
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18: Asiatic day flower. Leaves taste like string beans. Seeds taste like peas.
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19: Asiatic day flower. Flower only lasts a day.
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20: A couple of early blackberries.
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21: A grass that looks like Asiatic day flower. Like any grass, not poisonous, but not good to eat. See hairy stems.
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22: Black raspberry. Has powder blue stem. Berries long past.
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23: Poison ivy vine form is all over the tree. Note the berries in the summer.
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24: Grass look-a-like and Asiatic day flower. Asiatic day flower doesn't have hairy stems.
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25: Wildman holding up stalk of jewelweed.
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26: Jewelweed.
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27: Japanese knotweed. Out of season.
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28: Japanese knotweed. Note stems.
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29: Jewelweed flower.
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30: Enchanter's nightshade. Can't get seeds off socks.
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31: Staghorn sumac. A little early.
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32: Staghorn sumac. A little early. When all dark red can make lemonade.
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33: Staghorn sumac. A little early. Darker red when ripe. Have to be pointing upwards.
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34: Wisteria. Flowers in Spring are edible.
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35: A view of the Hudson River from the lookout where we ate lunch.
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36: Unripe peach. Someone tossed a pit here and it grew.
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37: Pokeweed. Out of season. [Not on tour.]
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38: Bitter dock with seeds. [Not on tour.]
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39: Poorman's pepper. Burned out in the lack of rain. [Not on tour.]
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40: Field garlic.
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41: Field garlic.
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42: Pepper sedum. From the south. Needs heat to reproduce. Leaves are used to make tea. Berries when red are a seasoning.
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43: Common spice bush.
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44: Common spice bush.
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45: Common spice bush.
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46: Wildman holds up sassafras leaves and explains the three shapes that can have.
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47: Sassafras root.
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48: Sassafras leaves. Leaves also good in spring.
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49: Black birch tree bark.
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50: Black birch tree leaves.
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51: Wood sorrel.
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52: Common elderberry.
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53: Kentucky coffee tree.
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54: Kentucky coffee tree pods.
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