Walkabout 3: Wild Edibles, Butterfly Puddling and Campfire Therapy

By | April 14, 2012

A quiet “walkabout” in the forest is relaxing and is also good for mental health. In this video, I walked unmarked trails and looked for edible wild plants that would become supper (with the help of a campfire). Obtain permission from the land owner before collecting any plant materials.

I noticed many butterflies drinking nutrients from mud puddles along the trails. This behavior is called “puddling” and is mostly seen in male butterflies. They incorporate the salts and minerals into their sperm. Interestingly, one butterfly chose my backpack to puddle. Guess my sweat is tasty to male butterflies!

I enjoyed a campfire and thought about the song “Campfire Therapy” by Dan Divine (used with permission: http://www.reverbnation.com/dandivine).

Videography by Ken Kramm, Canon Vixia HFS20, GoPro HERO2, Final Cut Pro X.

References for edible wild plants: Merriwether’s Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Texas and the Southwest: http://www.foragingtexas.com/, Wildwood Survival: http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/food/edibleplants/, Wilderness Survival: http://www.wilderness-survival.net/plants-1.php, Edible Wild Plants Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SyzgAK5NBFY

DISCLAIMER: This video provides only summary information on edible wild plants. Seek additional information before eating anything with which you are not familiar. Do not eat wild plants unless you definitely know what they are and you know how you will react. Some edible wild plants have poisonous look-alikes. You may be allergic to some edible wild plants. If you are at all unsure, don’t eat it. I assume no legal liability or responsibility for injuries resulting from use of information in this video. Ken Kramm, April 2012

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