Finding Fungi

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It has been a while since I just went into my backyard to see what I could find. Yesterday I spent a half-hour doing just that. Below is a collage showing some of my discoveries.  

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Nigella

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My sister gave me some Nigella seeds a couple years ago. I didn’t know what nigella was at the time, but I was not going to turn down the opportunity to find out. The seeds I was given grew into … Continue reading

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A Brief Look at the Dragonfly Transformation

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The dragonfly begins its life as an aquatic larva also called a nymph. Dragonflies live in ponds and calm areas of rivers and streams. While in this larval form, the dragonfly is a predator, feasting on mosquito larvae, aquatic insects, … Continue reading

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Stopping for Mushrooms

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While cycling, I try to keep a brisk pace. Although I enjoy the scenery, I seldom stop to look around. But on a ride last week I was compelled to get off my bike a take some pictures. I was … Continue reading

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A Fungal Oddity

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Decomposition is a quiet and mostly hidden process. Those organisms involved in the business of decomposing generally tend to their job without a lot of fanfare. And yet these ecological heroes play an important role in the natural cycle of … Continue reading

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My Painted Lady Makes the Big Time

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In the middle of August of 2014, I took some photos of a painted lady butterfly feeding on the nectar from a Buddleia plant (butterfly bush) in our yard. Many of the pictures were out of focus, too far out … Continue reading

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Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach Photo Op – A Rigid Foam Board Project

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For an elementary school literacy night program, I was asked to create one of the props for the faerie tale themed event. Specifically they wanted a “head through hole” Cinderella’s pumpkin coach that kids could have their pictures taken in. … Continue reading

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My Redwood Experiment

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  Several years ago–I can’t say exactly when, I planted a small tree just off my deck in the back yard. It was situated on the edge of a man-made pond I had constructed a couple years before. The tree … Continue reading

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A Spooky Halloween Terrain made of Polystyrene

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Three years ago, my youngest son and I set out to build a miniature “spooky” house on a hillside terrain for Halloween. We glued the base pieces together, but then we got involved in other things and the project sat, … Continue reading

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Trying my Hand at Stacking Stones

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When I go to the beach with my family, I tend to have a lot of time to myself in the mornings. I have never been able to sleep in past 5:30 which gives me 2 or 3 hours before … Continue reading

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