A walk around our property with my visiting Super Nephew allowed us to explore the various plants, including Queen Annes Lace and a bright orange mushroom.
Queen Annes Lace grows commonly in our mountains. Most people do not realize, however, that it is a member of the carrot family and is commonly called Wild Carrot. Sniff the roots for the carrot smell.
The entire plant is edible. The roots are used in soups and stews and can be used to flavor brewed tea. The leaves (particularly of young plants) can be chopped into salads. Even the blooms and seeds can be consumed or used for flavoring.
With the recent rains and humidity, mushrooms are growing rapidly in shady spots throughout the woods. This particular mushroom with its brilliant orange cap caught my attention.