Thursday, April 5, 2012

Knot Heart - Guest Heart Thursday

The forests near The Abandoned are full of great trees.  From a nearby public park, you can walk through a stand of old growth fir and oak.  Their beauty is stunning.  Some of these oaks are taller than most city sky scrapers.  Do you see the heart?

Eons ago this tree lost a branch and now wears its heart for all to see.  The licorice fern draping the side of the Knot Heart was once harvested by Northwest American Indian tribes.  They used the root both raw and cooked. The root is sweet, but is thin and fibrous and was often used as an appetizer for children who would not eat.  Apart from its use as a pleasantly flavored chew, it was seen as a famine food and was harvested when there was a shortage of better foods.   Yes, it really does taste like licorice.

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday!

WARNING:  You shouldn't visit The Abandoned without permission from the owner or caretaker.  If you do, you risk getting arrested for trespassing.

1 comment:

Clytie said...

I love this heart - it looks somehow moody in this shot.

I remember excitedly pulling licorice fern (it was harder to find when we were kids it seems???) and gnawing on the roots. It is very strong, and just a good tooth rubbing leaves a wonderful pleasant taste.