Advent, Day 4

Grape Harvest 2012

Grape Harvest 2012

The scepter shall not depart from Judah,

nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,

until tribute comes to him;

and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

Binding his foal to the vine

and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine,

he has washed his garments in wine

and his vesture in the blood of grapes.

–Genesis 49:10-11 (ESV)


Yellow Carolina Jessamine

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Yellow Carolina Jessamine

I found this beautiful, flowering vine in the middle of O’Leno State Park in Florida. With a little bit of detective work, I discovered that this is a Yellow Carolina Jessamine, the state flower of South Carolina. Although this plant is toxic to people, it benefits bees by killing a parasite in their feces…bonus!

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Yellow Carolina Jessamine Vine