Posted by: wolfcampcollege | February 15, 2010

Weekend in Sunny Sequim: Cedar Pollen Surprise; Mugwort Collection

Search Dog Skye in the Sky. This is actually at the top of the stairs in the Angel's Rest, a vacation cabin provided to us as a wedding gift from our friend Cindy who owns La Paws Spa in Sequim, which is the most incredible facility I've ever seen. Besides Cindy's great water therapy for dogs, it's worth a session just to see the place!

Chris collecting Dry Mugwort as Coal Extender. Mugwort is an incredibly aromatic herb that grows in dry areas along breezy waterways in our region. People use it to enhance dreaming, and it's an incredible tea. I use it as an amazing "coal extender" in my tinder bundle, as it will keep a coal alive for a long, long time.

Last year's Mugwort still nice and dry on the stalks.

Can you identify the bush and what is in it? This photo is facing the Dungeness River across the trail from where we collected the mugwort.

Have you ever noticed Wester Red Cedar (actually not a true cedar but is the tree of life in this region) Pollen from its minute cones? I can't believe that I've lived in the Pacific NW since 1992 and had never really noticed Cedar pollen. More amazing are its pollen cones. So tiny on the end of the leaf tips, above where the upward-facing cones can catch it!

We took a photo at this exact same spot last year, overlooking Dungeness Spit, right when the plants, etc. were all at about the same stage of unfurling ... which was the normal 5 weeks later last year.

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