Quite possibly poison ivy

(Saint Joseph, Michigan) All right, let’s please try this again, because I have egg all over my face by confusing box elder in a neighbor’s yard with poison ivy.  The proper authorities have set me straight, noting that poison ivy has alternating leaf clusters, whereas box elder does not.  I am sorry for my mistake and for rushing to judgment.  So, in the interests of atonement and amendment of purpose, I took a field trip this morning to the bluff in old Saint Joe where I readily found some ripe specimens of what I am sure is poison ivy.  But I could be wrong.  Been there yesterday, done that yesterday.  So, if I have erred again, please set me straight and post a picture of what you know to be poison ivy.  Meanwhile, these are my poison ivy photos from Saint Joe on May 4, 2017, and I’m stickin’ with them until proven otherwise:

Leaflets of three—let me be!

Another look at what I believe to be poison ivy. Just to be sure. The poison ivy is red.

I found the poison ivy on the left side of this path leading down from the bluff in Saint Joseph, Michigan.


About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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One Response to Quite possibly poison ivy

  1. bluestempond says:

    I concur. Once my brother had to create a leaf collection with leaves preserved between sheets of wax paper melted under an iron. The poison ivy bled out oily drops of toxic sap and that was how he learned how to identify those pesky three leaves!

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