Wordless Wednesday

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Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

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About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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68 Responses to Wordless Wednesday

  1. Dymoon says:

    something so beautiful be so “harmful” =^_^=

  2. domnuio says:

    Beautiful,soft new life !
    Great shots,love it !

  3. Trini Lind says:

    Oh, so lovely! I love leaves! πŸ’–πŸŒΏπŸ’–πŸπŸ’–πŸ‚πŸ’–πŸƒ

  4. Laurie Graves says:

    Alas, I have a patch in my yard, at the end of our driveway. Pretty, but…

  5. dorannrule says:

    Too beautiful to wreak such havoc.

  6. susurrus says:

    I hope nobody was harmed in the taking of these shots! They are classic, gorgeous images.

  7. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Poison Ivy is so pretty, and has lots of healing properties, especially within homeopathy.

  8. Interesting … I’ve only heard about it, not seen it before. Nice colours in spite of anything else.

  9. So beautiful- I love that it is poison ivy

  10. Kris P says:

    I have to say it is pretty but I’m glad I don’t have any.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It is my nemesis – and I don’t have as much as other folks do. It creeps in from the perimeter and I’ve been eradicating it since I moved here 26 years ago.
      The berries are an important wild bird food in winter, but unfortunately, the seed goes through intact, complete with fertilizer!

  11. thanks for the extreme closeup–I never feel positive in identifying it

  12. jenanita01 says:

    So that’s what it looks like…

  13. cindy knoke says:

    Just looking at it makes me itch!

  14. ladygrace33 says:

    Totally awesome πŸ™‚

  15. Widdershins says:

    Top pic – the bottom leaf is saying to the one above it, “Is it Fall yet is it Fall yet is it Fall yet?” πŸ™‚

    So, that’s what poison Ivy looks like!

  16. Brian Skeys says:

    Beauty and the Beast!

  17. seedbud says:

    LOVE the colors, texture and shadows!

  18. An amazing contrast – beautiful and painful (well, for some people at least).

  19. Brenda says:

    Oooohh, poison ivy in the spring just looks like it’s oozing and succulent with those irritating chemicals, doesn’t it? I’m fortunate that it doesn’t bother me (so far, knock on wood), but still find myself hopping around it along the roadside and in the woods when I’m taking photos of other plants. Eeek! Kind of like seeing a mouse at your feet.

  20. I couldn’t bring myself to hit ‘like’ because I am so allergic to poison ivy. And, you would think I could easily identify it but I look at a plant with three leaves and I just leave it alone just in case. Gorgeous photos though. πŸ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Judy. That’s a good rule to follow. Better to be safe than sorry. The trick is seeing the leaves when they first emerge, tiny, red and potent!!
      Washing with soap and water within 15 min. of exposure will ward off a bad case. Did you know that crushing jewelweed and applying the sap several times/day to blisters when you first see them will clear them up? It must be early on, within a day or so. Once the blisters get watery and the immune system starts raging, it is less effective.

  21. MK says:

    Thanks for this post, Eliza. I’ve been meaning to download some good photos of poison ivy & poison oak, for my walks. I’m going to do that RIGHT NOW.

    • MK says:

      ps… can I grab a copy of your pictures? We don’t have poison ivy in California, but it would be good to have a photo just in case. I understand that poison oak is just as bad as poison ivy.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Certainly you may. I remember seeing lots of poison oak further north (central coast) when we visited there in the 80s. I didn’t want a case of it to ruin my vacation!

      • MK says:

        Thanks Eliza. If Isee something that I SUSPECT is poison oak, but I’m not sure, I will always turn back. Now at least I’ll have photos on my phone to check.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        It’s a great idea to have a picture ID with you for reference. I go by the general rule: ‘Leaves of three, let it be.” Hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

  22. Dalo 2013 says:

    Love the color and perspective/angle of the first shot ~ poison ivy can be such a tease πŸ™‚

  23. Maria F. says:

    You got some beautiful color on these!

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