Hate the treeline?? Yes. Especially when it causes my daughter to develop a rash so bad that her eyes swell shut and we have to rush her to Emergency. How does a beautiful tree line do this you ask??
Simple. Poisonous plants in ABUNDANCE.
This is poisonous parsnip in its first year. The effects of this nasty plant are similar to poison Ivy. The difference is that when the oil touches your skin and your skin is exposed to sunlight, it is as though your skin has no barrier whatsoever to the UV rays and so you get a nasty nasty bubbling burn. This is what Adam rubbed up against 2 summers ago. We thought we pulled most of it out, but apparently it will take a few years because we pull all the seedlings.
The doctors at the hospital seem to think that Erin has poison Ivy and NOT parsnip, so I went in search of it in the tree line. After looking at hundreds of pictures on the Internet and comparing them I THINK I have found it.
I had NO IDEA that poison Ivy could grow into vines or tall bushes. I always thought it was low to the ground.Here is a great shot of what I THINK is a mature poison Ivy Plant.It has the classic pointy 3 leaf groupings and the flowers.
I'm pretty sure this last picture is right. I'm not positive about the few before. There are just so many plants out there and in the forest. Feel free to tell me if you think I'm right or wrong.
What to know the REALLY FUNNY (well not really) part of all of this???
I spent 8 years in the Ontario forests as an Army Cadet, Reservist, and Regular Force Medic. I have treated A LOT of Poison Ivy and have been 'trained' on how to spot it. For some reason I need to look it up every year and never saw it in our tree line the 4 summers we have lived here.
Apparently the new hideout my girls created at the opposite end of the treeline this year was/is pretty much covered by it.
New lesson...If it comes in 3 let it be.