Wild ginger finds a fertile home in the crotch of a tulip poplar tree.
Above the ginger, the twin poplars soar into the blue above,
while a community of mayapples thrive in the shade below. Also known as mandrake because of the shape of its root, the mayapple has long been coveted for its medicinal uses. Settlers learned from the natives how to use this plant for ailments; today over $200 million worth of medications made from the mayapple are produced for use in chemotherapy for several types of cancer (source: Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Steven Foster and James A. Duke--one of the Peterson Field Guides).
Orville's old home on the right fork of Joe's Run. The epitome of simplicity.