What’s Growing?

April 21st, 2017

I planted two Tabebuia seeds each in five peat pots, 6 November 2016. I went away for three weeks in March. Before I left I watered the pots and then wrapped them in plastic.

Today I did not find Tabebuia growing, but found something green.

Tabebuia

Do I pot up the growth or wait to see if Tabebuia plants surface?


The Agave Around the Corner

April 17th, 2017

Another Agave in the Neighborhood

It is amazing what you can see in your neighborhood when you actually look around.
Just noticed this agave in the process of beginning to bloom and die.

Agave

Agave

Agave

Other plants in the area.
Agave

Agave

Agave


Make Mine Chocolate

April 15th, 2017

Easter

Make Mine Chocolate is a campaign to educate and deter folks from purchasing bunnies for Easter. Often those bunnies end up in shelters after a few months or worse, released to fend for themselves.

Rabbits should not be an impulse buy. When properly cared for a domestic rabbit can live over 10 years. That is a commitment.

There are loads of stuffed plush bunnies that can be left alone in a room, do not require food, or veterinary care.

Or stick to purchasing chocolate bunnies.



Bob, the lovebird in the photo was rescued. He was found flying in my garden on a Sunday afternoon in June of 2016. We attempted to catch him with no luck. The next afternoon he returned. I wrote a post about how we were able to capture him.

We were unable to locate his family. So, he has found a forever home with us, two bunnies, and a cockatiel.

Recently, a family member mentioned seeing a flock of lovebirds in a nearby park. We haven’t yet visited the park. Someday we might check it out.


Trapped Cactus Update

April 13th, 2017

June of 2016 I wrote a post about a trapped cactus. The cactus was growing near a chain-link fence. When the property was sold, the new owners had a privacy fence installed in front of the chain-link fence. The result was the cactus sandwiched between the chain-link fence and the privacy fence.

Cactus

This was the plant in June of 2016.

Cactus

This is the plant today.

Cactus Buds

In spite of its living conditions, the plant has numerous buds.

It is sad to see the cactus’ situation, but encouraging to see that in spite of everything it appears to be thriving.


Updated Bunny Ornament and Elliot

April 11th, 2017

In September I noticed a little bunny ornament was being crushed by a tree. This is the way it looked before I removed it.

Bunny Ornament

It actually took some digging. When I freed the little bunny, I discovered that part of its head was missing.

What do you do with a rabbit ornament that has a broken head and missing ear?

I gave it a quick spray with black paint, nothing fussy. Then filled the opening with a succulent.

I now know why resin garden ornaments are so heavy? This little guy was filled with small pebbles.

Bunny Ornament

Before Elliot came to live with us, I would never have thought about black for a bunny.

ElliotIMG_0454.jpg

I am so glad she came to live with us. She is a delightful furry one.


Valentine’s Day Gift, Wasps, and Bees

March 28th, 2017

It has been over a month since Valentine’s Day, but I really liked my gift. It was not jewelry, flowers for the garden, or candy.

I was given this–

Wasp Nest

Yep, it is a paper wasps’ nest.

wasps nest

Detail of Wasps’ Nest

Wasp Nest.

Flip Side of the Wasps’ Nest.

The wasps’ nest was found at the airport, under the wing of this plane–

plane

Fouga CM.170 Magister is a 2 Seat, 2 Engine, French Military Plane

plane

The Yellow Arrow Points to the Previous Location of the Nest

Wasps can be particularly dangerous for 3 reasons–

Wasps like to build nest in air vents. When the plane is in flight, if the pilot opens the air vent the result can be a swarm of wasps inside the cockpit.

Wasps will make their nests in fuel vents preventing air getting into the fuel tank and the engine starves. If you have no gas in the engine it will stop running.

If wasps make their nests in a pitot tube, there will be no air speed indication. What does this mean?

The way you get an airspeed indication is that air pushes into the pitot tube and moves the dial in the airplane. If no air gets into the pitot tube, then airspeed reads zero.


Plane Seats

The interior of the Fouga is quite small, a bit claustrophobic. It was a plane used for instruction, with the instructor seated behind the student.

The plane was most likely built in the 50s.

Volvo

The interior reminds me a bit of my 1968 Volvo.


The plane information was supplied by Touring Machine. I supplied graphics for the site, including a six pack simulator for Unusual Attitudes.
Six Pack

I made the six pack instrument graphics in Flash. Each instrument has multiple layers so they could function properly. I handed off the graphics to the programmer, Michael Whipp.


Last week I read a CBS News story about bees causing a flight delay.

This is a screenshot of the image that accompanied the article.

Bees Delay Flight

Yep, bees can be just as dangerous as wasps.


Hike and Laguna Lake

March 27th, 2017

Just returned home from 3 weeks in Maryland. Went on first hike this morning. The hills are covered with grasses and wildflowers. While I was on the top of South Street Hill, I noticed Laguna Lake is filled with water. Unfortunately, the filled lake does not mean the drought and water restrictions are over.

Laguna Lake

Laguna Lake

Laguna Lake

SLO Rainfall

University of California Cooperation Extension, San Luis Obispo County


Trump Could Learn A Lot From Eleanor Roosevelt and Descartes

March 24th, 2017

In Eleanor Roosevelt’s Book of Common Sense Etiquette she writes about Descartes’ Discourse on Method.

“There are four simple steps by which we learn to think logically and thus communicate clearly.”

The first step–

Accept as true nothing which you do not clearly know to be so; avoid hasty judgment and prejudice.


Trump Could Learn A Lot From Eleanor Roosevelt

March 23rd, 2017

I am reading Eleanor Roosevelt’s Book of Common Sense Etiquette. This quote seems particularly relevant.

Perhaps even more discreditable is the practice of asserting as “facts” matters which have not been proved, or using as ”evidence” something that is the product of illogical thinking and the drawing of an invalid conclusion.

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It is Not a Pod…

March 19th, 2017

I am currently staying with my sister’s family in an old farm house in Maryland. When I took my morning walk, I noticed something odd. The fir trees at the edge of the property had what appeared on first glance, some type of pods.

Fir Trees

When I took a closer look it became clear that the “pods” were made by insects.

Bagworm Pods

Bagworm Pods

Bagworm Pods

So, who made them?

According to the Penn State Dept of Entomology it is the work of the bagworm moth,Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis (Haworth).

“This insect is most easily recognized by the case or bag that the caterpillar forms and suspends from ornamental plants on which it feeds. The bag is made of silk and bits of host foliage. These materials are interwoven to disguise and add strength to the case.”


It is unfortunate that the bagworm is destructive. The structures that they build are so beautiful. Apparently, it would be a good idea to remove them from the trees to prevent an infestation.

The description of the bag incorporating the surrounding material brings to mind Tinea pellionella, commonly known as casemaking moths.

Casemaking moths are very small. If you are not looking for them or not aware that they even exist. They can be mistaken for a bit of lint.

They are definitely not something I want in my home and studio since I am using natural fiber in my work.

Casemaking Moth Damage

Casemaking moths ate a large portion of the fiber stitchwork of a work in progress.

Casemaking Moth

The photo was taken with my iPad. It is difficult to capture something that is so small,
but it is an example of a red case.

Casemaking Moth

Casemaking moth that was found inside one of my garden clogs.