While out on a canoe expedition, Davin and I came upon an island with a very large hill that we decided was big enough to be called a mountain. I was determined to get to the top of the mountain and enjoy the view. Thankfully I came prepared, having brought along my runners and a pair of socks in case we came upon a spot that might be worth hiking. We wore sandals in the canoe.
We did make it to the top and this beautiful, healthy sumac was what we found growing there.
I’m tentatively identifying this as a staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) but to be honest there are so many sumacs I find it a bit overwhelming. Staghorn sumac is one of the types that can be made into a vitamin C rich drink although I have never done this and probably never will since staghorns share a family (Anacardiaceae) with cashew nuts and poison ivy. I am allergic to cashews. They won’t kill me but I get dizzy when I eat them. My vision gets blurry and my stomach becomes upset. I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that I might have a problem with poison ivy as well.