I was walking down the road, (most the roads 'round here are like logging roads), when I came to a spot where there's a mushroom, a polypore, with something written on the underside, and I was gonna have a crack at deciphering it. Maybe it says "look to your left", because, as I squatted down, I spotted this bizarre thing popping up and beaming like a pine cone that got plugged in and turned on. #Strange! Three of 'em. Two purple and one yellow-orange. Baffled, excited, I ran the errands I was out running, and returned home. Mystified, I asked the fine folks on the #AncestralPlants FB group if anyone knew what this was. Quickfast, a gent by the name of Sea Gae, ID'd it as #Groundcone, this being Vancouver groundcone (Boschniakia hookeri), or perhaps Northern groundcone (Boschniakia rossica). Turns out these are related to the powerful, legendary Chinese tonic herb #Cistanche. Stoked, I thought I'd better go gather it up. Then, I decided against it, because 1) there was only three of these that I could see and, being a rare plant, I didn't want to over-harvest, 2) It would've been a two-hour trek, and 3) I thought, more pressing was to check on a nearby patch of #GhostPipe (Monotropa uniflora), a very rare and very powerful medicine. When I arrived at the Ghost Pipe, it was still growing, not quite ready. We had a visit, I gave it some tobacco and explored the area. And... what did I find? More groundcones! 🌀😳🌀 Dozens! What great turn of events! So I gathered five of these strange beauties, put them into alcohol, where they are now soaking, waiting and turning into, what I hope, will be a good Jing tonic. It may or may not be, we'll see. There is certainly something #magical about it. Definitely something #wonderful.