My wife and father recently showed me an interesting plant growing around the Laurelville grounds…

Beech dropsBeech dropsActually, it’s a parasitic plant called ‘beech drops‘. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such a thing before. It grows on the roots of beech trees (the scientific name Epifagus means ‘upon beech’), and since it lacks chlorophyll, it steals nutrition from the tree. However, beech drops are annual plants – dying each year – so they don’t threaten the health of the tree. On some of the plants, there are very tiny, easy-to-miss pink flowers.

Speaking of beech trees, they are leading the way into fall. The large, iconic tree in the center of camp has begun to change colors. The timing is roughly in line with last year’s change.