Some plants are easy to find. Other plants require time, turnpike tolls, and chance encounters with botanists’ field notes in order to pinpoint their precise locations.
Buffalo Nut, an understory shrub with a rather bizarre lifestyle, falls into the latter category.
My first encounter with Buffalo Nut took place more than 5 years ago. Since that initial sighting, I had never seen the plant again.
A few weeks ago, I came across a list of plants that a few botanists had compiled regarding the flora of certain forests. One of those forests was located in the southwestern portion of the state, and one of the plants included on the list was the elusive Buffalo Nut.
Intrigued, I decided to plan a visit to this forest in search of Buffalo Nut, though because I was quite unfamiliar with the area, I knew that I’d be embarking on a small-scale adventure. What excited me the most was finding its fruits, because years ago when I first discovered the plant, I had only witnessed it in flower.
The trip was planned, though the questions remained. Would I find the fruits? Would I even find the plant? Why are turnpike tolls so expensive?
In this brand new video, I recount the story of my recent adventure in search of an unassuming denizen of the forest.
If you are interested in learning artistic nature photography skills, there are two upcoming opportunities to learn directly from an expert in the field. Michael Haritan (my father) is a photographer with over 30 years of experience. He will be teaching two separate classes in southwestern Pennsylvania (Allegheny County) on the techniques involved in using the camera to create images worthy of artistic merit. If you are interested in taking your photography skills to the next level, these all-day classes are definitely worth the investment.
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