Note: A different version of this post originally ran on May 18, 2010. Several people have recently told me they don't know how to identify poison ivy, so I thought rerunning this might be useful.
I'm super allergic to poison ivy (sometimes I swear I get it just by looking at it) so I taught myself how to identify it in every season.
Today, I offer these photos to help my New England readers avoid poison ivy. This is what poison ivy looks like now.
Notice the differences in the color and size of the leaves. Poison Ivy can look very different even in the same area. All of these photos were taken within roughly 1/4 mile of my house.
One thing that is consistent is the presence of three leaves in a cluster. Usually those leaves are shiny. Sometimes those leaves are mostly green.
Other times the leaves are more red. (Especially when they are first sprouting in the spring).
Sometimes it grows low to the ground like in the photos above. Other times it climbs up posts, signs, and trees as in these photos:
This one is about 3 feet tall.
This one climbs about 20 feet into the tree.
These last two photos are NOT poison ivy. This vine is sometimes confused with Poison ivy because it climbs the same way and has similar shaped leaves.
But look closely... there are 5 leaves in each cluster and the leaves are more jagged.
One final tip: poison ivy thrives along the edges. That is, in the area where one ecosystem transitions to another. For example, some of these photos were taken along the edge of a field where it transitions into forest (in partial to full sun), others along the edge of a brook (in partial sun), still others along the edge of a road (in full shade). Also watch for it along the edges of parks, paths, or trails.
Do you know how to identify Poison Ivy? Do you have any other tips?
#RochesterLife 61: Cervelli Farm. I’m so happy every year when Cervelli Farm stand re-opens each May. Today’s purchases included local tomatoes, corn on the cob, and Great Hill Blue Cheese (made in the next town). #buylocal #nofarmsnofood #locavore
My “office” for a few hours today. Yes, I kayaked a little and floated a little, but I DID get some work done, too. I set-up my research notebook for a new project and read a bit of one of my resources. I didn’t get as much work done as I would have at home, but it’s been pretty busy around here and the break was nice. I’m home now and back to reading. #amwriting #amresearching
I love this squid gate in Woods Hole and the cuties in front of it.
This picture makes me so happy. I know you can’t tell from the image, but that’s my book...in France! 🇫🇷 I love the thumbs up. #FlyingDeep #STEAM
Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2018.
I’ve been busy so I didn’t post, but I wanted to share a few images from #2018folklife on Sunday.
As many times as I’ve been on the National Mall, I’m still awed by the view of the Washington Monument every time. The images that follow include making lavash in the Armenian section and human towers and giants in the Catalonian section. So much cool stuff was happening in DC last weekend.
National Portrait Gallery
On Sunday, we made a short visit to the portrait gallery. We had a toddler with us, so it was not to be a long trip. The plan: go directly to see the Obama portraits and then catch whatever else we could in the time we had.
The first painting I noticed was Henrietta Lacks painted by Kadir Nelson. @kadirnelson is my favorite illustrator, so I recognized his work from afar. I’m blown away every time I see one of his paintings in person.
On our way to see President Obama’s portrait, I spotted the Chuck Close painting of President Bill Clinton. I’m fascinated by Close’s work. Viewed from a few feet away, his paintings don’t look like his subject. From a distance, the subject is so clear.
The next photos in order are: •President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley, •Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald, •A sculpture of Rosa Parks by Marshall D. Rumbaugh that I find fascinating for its use of perspective,
•LL Cool J by Kehinde Wiley.
Last, is Toni Morrison by Robert McCurdy. Morrison is one of my favorite writers, so I spotted her image before I even entered the room. His painting (yes, painting, NOT photograph) hangs to the left of Michelle Obama’s portrait.
We didn’t stay long, but I couldn’t have asked for a better collection of portraits to see during our short visit.
Capitol Hill Books, Washington, DC. This place is one of a kind. This sign near the front door cracked me up. And, yes, that’s the foreign language section in the bathroom. If you have claustrophobia, you probably wouldn’t want to shop here, but you can make some great finds. Mine is the book in the last photo: Words Without Borders. #wordnerd
Being in the DC Metro area means lots of places to get delicious Ethiopian food. #yummy #IMayHaveEatenTooMuch.
This is my favorite photo from my event @eastcitybookshop yesterday. Photo by the talented @g_meus Look at these two cuties. They each got their own copy. ❤️#FlyingDeep