Yesterday after the tempest blew through our little Wild Ozark valley, we went to check on the ginseng in our test plot. I knew it had ripe berries on it and wondered if the storm blew them all off.
Yep, they were still there. But I saw something else, too. Apparently deer have been browsing the ginseng patch. Here’s a few bare stalks with only the prong and flower stems attached. Please note that although it’s much easier to spot ginseng at this time of year, it’s illegal to dig wild ginseng right now. Legal season here in Arkansas begins Sept. 1 and ends Dec. 1. Here’s Arkansas’s regulations in PDF format.
A short time later the mist and fog started filling the valley as the sun set. All was quiet and peaceful in our realm. The storm that came through was very strong and very fast and very windy. So it was a strange feeling to experience the calm that came after. There is the calm before a storm, and the calm after storms. One might bring anxiety, and the other, relief.