Be adventurous but also a little cautious…

So, I go for a solo walk, entering a nearby field in Devon. The smell of freshly cut grass assaults my nostrils, its sweet smell clinging to the last vestiges of summer. The hedgerows contain sloes and blackberries as autumn sallies forth. Then, I spot a beautiful violet and gold flower in the hedgerows, taking this photo, immensely attracted to its beautiful colour and design.

I post it to Instagram and Facebook to identify it. I am told by some it is Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade, very poisonous.

However, I am told by a botanist that it is Bittersweet Nightshade or Solanum Dulcamara which is still toxic but not as toxic.

Anyway, the upshot is, I handled a pretty flower so I could take a photo to check it out. It could have been highly toxic. In the event, I  seem fine.

Adventurous me handled the plant without thinking. Cautious me now knows what it is and will be more circumspect in future. Bear it in mind. Be adventurous but exercise caution.

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