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turboscrew wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:35 pm
Butterfly Maiden wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:59 pm Thank you Jeff.

I quite like to get down and close to the flora and fauna of the Forest on our walks, as well as capturing the beautiful landscapes.

There are lots of lovely wild flowers that I like to photograph, and keep a personal record of the ones we encounter :D
Do rhodos grow wild there?
They do grow wild here, and have become a bit of a problem.

Growing several metres tall, they allow very little lights from penetrating its thick canopy. This has been shown to reduce the numbers of earthworms, birds and plants in a site, leading to a reduction in the biodiversity of the area.

The Forestry Commission are constantly monitoring their growth, and have already removed them from 200 sites, but with them covering an area of 20,000 hectares it is a big project.
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Butterfly Maiden wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:50 pm
turboscrew wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:35 pm
Butterfly Maiden wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:59 pm Thank you Jeff.

I quite like to get down and close to the flora and fauna of the Forest on our walks, as well as capturing the beautiful landscapes.

There are lots of lovely wild flowers that I like to photograph, and keep a personal record of the ones we encounter :D
Do rhodos grow wild there?
They do grow wild here, and have become a bit of a problem.

Growing several metres tall, they allow very little lights from penetrating its thick canopy. This has been shown to reduce the numbers of earthworms, birds and plants in a site, leading to a reduction in the biodiversity of the area.

The Forestry Commission are constantly monitoring their growth, and have already removed them from 200 sites, but with them covering an area of 20,000 hectares it is a big project.
Wow! We buy them from shops and hope they'll survive. I have one, which I almost killed in the beginning - wrong kind of place. Found a better place, and now it seems to be fine. It really hasn't grown notably bigger in 10 years. Knee height and shoulder wide.
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When I lived in New Jersey we had rhododendrons, they could reach the second story of a house.
Sometimes they were seen in the wild.
Mountain laurel were very common in the wild.

They wouldn't survive here in NC, the summer sun would melt them 😆
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I am 5' 7" tall and the particular Rhododendron I photographed towered over me and was about the same in width. That was only a young one, and there were several others in the same area just as large.

In previous years we have come across them very much taller though.

They are pretty to look at but the impact on the Forest far outweighs their beauty, so the issue has to be addressed :sigh:
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Yesterday, Sophia and I had our first Covid vaccinations - AstraZeneca.

Apart from both of us feeling a little tenderness in our arm where the jab was given, we both feel fine.
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Packing up the car for our little journey to visit my dad.
Running around more than usual since we haven't packed for a trip in about a year or two.

Almost forgot my phone charger, not that I use it for much other than posting here 😁
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Butterfly Maiden wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:26 am I am 5' 7" tall and the particular Rhododendron I photographed towered over me and was about the same in width. That was only a young one, and there were several others in the same area just as large.

In previous years we have come across them very much taller though.

They are pretty to look at but the impact on the Forest far outweighs their beauty, so the issue has to be addressed :sigh:
Much like the wild (escaped) roses here. They look nice, but...
And, of course, the lupines...
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Butterfly Maiden wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:02 am Took a photo of a beetle and some wild flowers...

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Oooooo,,...love that photo of the Dor beetle. Like that shine black body. Around Kansas we have some that look similar. Think they are called a broadneck root borer or something like that.
Occasionally I'll find some stag beetles lurking around our compost or wood pile. Like to "tease" them with a twig to watch them fight it with their pincers.

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515bonner wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:23 pm
Butterfly Maiden wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:02 am Took a photo of a beetle and some wild flowers...

Dor Beetle
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Oooooo,,...love that photo of the Dor beetle. Like that shine black body. Around Kansas we have some that look similar. Think they are called a broadneck root borer or something like that.
Occasionally I'll find some stag beetles lurking around our compost or wood pile. Like to "tease" them with a twig to watch them fight it with their pincers.

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clouds, rain, clouds, rain, snow, clouds, rain, clouds, snow ...

Taking it easy, weekly range trips, tending to indoor pepper plants.
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Dragonsfire wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:48 pm clouds, rain, clouds, rain, snow, clouds, rain, clouds, snow ...

Taking it easy, weekly range trips, tending to indoor pepper plants.
Snow? :shock:
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Just got back from four nights in a Wisconsin B4 zone. Unfortunately, there was a boatload of pine trees which blocked out lots of sky. But looking through the gaps with my 80mm was stunning compared to home. It also convinced me to get a fluid head for this sort of trip.

I should probably bring pepper spray on the next trip; something was thrashing through the brush by my observing site two nights in a row - probably a whitetail deer but could have been a curious Squatch. :eek:
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Headed out tonight to a location not far outside of the Vegas Valley but at 7,600' it will help with these crazy temperatures we are dealing with right now.
I'm hoping to hit the trifecta tonight, Dark moonless night, clear skies, no wind.
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Going out tonight to show (hopefully) some deep sky objects to a troop of Girl Scout Cadettes (7/8 graders). It's in a state park about 20 minutes from home. It's listed as Bortle 4 and is probably the darkest spot anywhere hear here. Curiously, I've never done astronomy there and we checked it out last week. They have a huge playing field with trees surrounding at about 15 degrees above horizon. The youth camping area is wide open as well. How have I never done AP there? They don't have electricity, but I've proved my battery can keep my laptop and all my equipment running, so I'm hoping to spend a couple of nights there this week. I can't believe I've overlooked this gem in my almost own backyard.

Had our first lettuce, pea, and arugula salad from the garden this week. Haven't see my whistle pig. My crazy neighbor has been planting something in his completely destroyed backyard (he's a renter, BTW). He's started adding some fencing posts to his tree branch "fence". I should get a picture of it and post it. I believe he's from Guatemala and speaks very broken English - he's getting better at it - but says little in any case. Gotta say he doesn't mind the labor. I wonder what he's going to plant this year. Last year it was corn - and a dismal failure from what we could tell. You need a lot of space for corn and less than an 1/8th acre is not sufficient.
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Heh, about 10 years back I tried corn here just for fun. I was lucky, and the autumn was pretty late. I actually got some mature ears (?). It was just 5 plants. I was surprised how tall they grew.
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turboscrew wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:23 pm
Dragonsfire wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:48 pm clouds, rain, clouds, rain, snow, clouds, rain, clouds, snow ...

Taking it easy, weekly range trips, tending to indoor pepper plants.
Snow? :shock:
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Dragonsfire wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:57 pm
turboscrew wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:23 pm
Dragonsfire wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:48 pm clouds, rain, clouds, rain, snow, clouds, rain, clouds, snow ...

Taking it easy, weekly range trips, tending to indoor pepper plants.
Snow? :shock:
We had the last sleet rain in the beginning of may. And even then, not really sow, just sleet. Maybe quarter of an inch (half centimeter). No snow or sleet after mid May.
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We walked the riverfront in Savannah today, and ate some fresh fish.

It was blazing hot and humid, but fun.
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