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Nantucket Island: Plants

I went to Nantucket Island for fall break. There is a lot of protected land behind my house, so I mainly walked through there but also walked along a path not far from my house. I saw a large variety of plants which was exciting, because I was a little worried about finding diversity. Seeing the diversity in the small area where I walked alone, showed me how wrong I was. It was especially interesting to see all of the different types of trees. There was not very many flowers around, but I think that has to do with the time of year. Overall, it was very successful and informative. This is unrelated to the plants, but a deer ran right past me which was pretty crazy and scary because I have never been that close to one before. Overall, it was a nice time for reflection and observation.

Posted on October 15, 2019 15:27 by carolinebradford carolinebradford | 13 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Orange County residents: A free Buckwheat in every garden

The Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society is giving away one free four-inch California buckwheat plant beginning October 5 at Acorn Day in O’Neill Regional Park. Plants will be distributed for planting in Orange County gardens only. Each of the 1,500 Buckwheat plants will be added to the OC Buckwheat Map as they are planted throughout the county.

The ‘Dana Point’ variety of California buckwheat grows naturally in the Dana Point headlands area and was selected by Tree of Life Nursery. This plant blooms profusely during late spring and summer, and often longer, with creamy white flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators. California buckwheat is easy to grow and requires little water once established. The 'Dana Point' selection mounds one-to-three-feet and blends perfectly in any garden. California buckwheat is beautiful on a slope, in a border, or in a themed garden.

Click on the link for a list of events where you can get your free buckwheat plant until November 6th:
https://occnps.org/buckwheat-in-every-garden.html

And check with your local California Native Plant Society chapter for similar events:
https://www.cnps.org/

Posted on October 15, 2019 13:30 by andreacala andreacala | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Monday October 14, 2019

A lovely walk on a perfect autumn day - sunny and bright. We took the trail to the bluffs overlook which give a nice view of the area (including Gilette Stadium). Most of the trail was wide and flat, and there were some great boardwalks through areas that are no doubt very muddy at other times of the year. Lots of yellow and orange fall color, with pops of red here and there. I was amazed by the quiet. Usually when I'm hiking in the greater Boston area its hard to avoid road noise, but this felt much more secluded!

I took a few quick photos of a large insect that seemed to have too many legs because I was chasing a toddler and didn't have time to look at it carefully, but when I looked at the photos, I realized it was actually two spiders interacting (!) - mating perhaps.

Posted on October 15, 2019 13:22 by heatherolins heatherolins | 6 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The Rains Came - Briefly

The Rains Came
(briefly)
Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
15th October 2019

“If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.” – Henry David Thoreau
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ALBUM 15th October 2019
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMfjW9VKVHyLzFuYtGcNiyTc6tv8FKo2vxvxsVYXOWH0M9YXlJZUF2O73sQ4dCIXg?key=YlJmbFpxMjBlR0g4eXVYTEZ1MDJXYVRiZ2xKc2J3

For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured today – Romanskraal in the Langeberg, Robinson Pass and Attakwaskloof in the Outeniquas, Nicky and Fred go west, Giant Kingfisher, Pepsi Pools and Ballots Heights on the Southern Cape Coast.

For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Diaries - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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HAT Evie in Romanskraal, eastern Langeberg Mountains
The South Cape section of the MCSA led by HAT Derek spent 3 nights over the heritage weekend in September backpacking in this part of the Langeberg. There was an attempt to climb to the very top of Spitskop/Perdeberg, below which horses were pastured during the Boer War. We also paid a visit to a San Rock Art shelter, so I feel we achieved a real, live heritage weekend, while enjoying some of South Africa’s best natural areas. Some much needed rain, accompanied by gusting winds arrived on one of our nights - a good time to put our tents to the test! Thank goodness Tony B and Evie had done some improvements to the backpacking tent and we were warm and dry on the inside.

On my previous visit in 2016 the Fynbos was almost a “no go” on the hikes off the jeep track. This time the access was easy due to burning about 2 years ago. We did explore a very different area to our previous trip. In the lower areas numerous Ericas were on display. They included Erica grata (R) and there were some E. melanthera and E. curviflora in flower on the high terrain. E. versicolor was dominant all over and interestingly, all plants had 4-nate flowers.

Other plants returning post-burn are resprouting Protea cynaroides; resprouting Leucospermum cuneiforme; young Leucospermum winteri (NT) - I noticed only one sheltered tree in flower. Berzelia and Brunia plants are popping up all over and scores of Psoralea shrubs are enjoying the lower, wetter areas. We found a dense pocket of Cyclopia bowieana at high altitude next to a seep area. It is a Langeberg/Outeniqua endemic. High up on the escarpment with views over the Klein Karoo, to my surprise I saw a few small trees (? single stem) of Hypocalyptus sophoroides at an altitude of 1309m. These trees are growing in rocky, arid conditions in the worst wind possible – literature generally says they like to grow near streams?? Also on the high ground, pretty carpets of purple Indigofera concava were interspersed with yellow Ursinia trifida. I noticed an unusual “Lobelia carpet” in a little overhang on one of the ridgelines we climbed and then noticed the same in the more open “Rock Art shelter”. It could well be Lobelia dasyphylla (R).

A wonderful trip, great company and next time the hardier types will need to carry some climbing gear – so that the top of Spitskop, our heritage peak can be achieved.
Evie
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Robinson Pass in the Outeniquas
The mountains were hazy on Friday on the Robinson Pass and the forecasts were talking of significant rain for the weekend that lay ahead, as SIM set out on the Kouma Trail. With the bone-crunching drought persisting, the possibility of some relief was the main topic of conversation on the field trip. For once, the plants took second place.

But even second place is better than a "kick in the pants". The crowd-stopper for the day was the stunning magenta Hypocalyptus coluteioides, which is so, so beautiful. Aspalathus digitifolia (Vulnerable) was growing in sheets on the mountainside, with aspects ranging from true south to dead north. It is loving the lack of competition on the recently burnt slopes. Helichrysum felinum was in shades from white, pink to maroon and Orchids of various shapes and sizes were plentiful.

And on Saturday and Sunday, the rain came down and we were lucky enough to get 55mm. Chatting to Jan Vlok, even Oudtshoorn managed to get into double figures for the first time in ages.
tanniedi
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Ruitersberg Eastern Buttress
Being the lone representative of the High Altitide Team, I had the steep ascent to the Eastern Buttress of Robinson Pass to myself on Friday. It's bundu bashing all the way to the 1330m peak, but the going is fine as the vegetation is still pretty low after the 2017 fires.

The scenery is spectacular from the top and there is a narrow ridgetop trail made by generations of klipspringers. The mountain is dry and many of the reseeders, along with orchids and bulbs have yet to put in an appearance. Flowers of interest include:
Wurmbea punctata - according to redlist and iNat, all previous records are west of Swellendam
Cyclopia bowieana - (on peak)
Indigofera sarmentosa simplicifolia subsp. nova (id Mr Fab)
Dave
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HAT Evie Attakwaskloof ridgeline
While the Outramps explored areas off the Robinson on Friday 27 Sept, HAT Evie joined the South Cape MCSA on a hike nearby on the following day. We explored the Attakwaskloof ridgeline, which runs parallel to the Western Outeniqua Range of mountains. A very interesting, rocky hike with constant views of both the Outeniquas on the northern side, while to the south the remaining Attakwas hills unfold.

Mostly it seems I saw similar plants to the Outramps group - the normal rares of the area are slowly returning after the fire 19 months ago. Here and there in rocky pockets a few plants remain unscathed by burning.

Rares seen; several new small plants of Acmadenia tetragona (NT); down in the valley Aristea nana (R) ; Serruria fasciflora (NT) )were mostly new plants; Erica unicolor subsp mutica (EN) surviving in a few rocky spots on top of the ridgeline; Brunsvigia josephinae (VU) with several new bulbs in their green-leaf stage appearing on one of the slopes.

Numerous yellow daisies id'd as Ursinia trifida gave a general golden glow all over, while Erica viridiflora was iridescent in vivid, emerald-green up on the high ridge. On the ridge tops and on the higher northern slopes there were many new flowering Psoraleas making a big display - possibly 4 different varieties, or will the experts say, ”all are new hybrids of each other”! The very warty Psoralea I saw across the valley on the Western Outeniqua Mountains last year was not apparent during today’s hike.
Evie
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Nicky and Fred go West
Fred and I decided to do some detours on our way to Cape Town to visit family. Our first stop was a walk along a valley in Groenefontein, part of the Gamkaberg Conservation Area. It was very dry with very little in flower. Crassula hemisphaerica (LC), Cadaba aphylla (LC) and Pachypodium succulentum (LC) did provide some colour, but this time around, I took more photographs of fossils and lichens than flowers.

The next day we did part of the Cogmanskloof Trail, which winds through South Langeberg Sandstone Fynbos on the outskirts of Montagu. The fynbos was beautiful, the positive result of a fire a few years ago. I photographed some plants new to me, and Mike Bate identified the Longhorn Beetle in my pictures as Clavomela ciliata – a first for iNaturalist.

On Wednesday we took the tourist tractor ride up to the hut at the base of Arangieskop and walked down the road back to our car. An icy wind howled at the top, making photography very difficult, but once we started down the northern slope the weather was perfect. The long downhill was hard on my knees, but the North Langeberg Sandstone Fynbos was a great distraction, having burnt in March 2017.
Stop Press: Damionjp has just identified the Pelargonium I thought was a colour variant of P. tricolor, as the rare Pelargonium burgerianum !

On Thursday, we dropped in at the Karoo Botanical Gardens, where we earned our lunch by walking the Shale Trail in 34 degrees Celsius. The Vygies were looking magnificent!

A walk along the base of Lion's Head, before we left Cape Town provided the last bit of botanizing for this trip. It is also recovering from fire. Moraea bellendenii, Wachendorfia paniculata, Pelargonium triste, P. capitatum, P. althaeoides, P. myrrhifolium and elongatum, Ornithogalum thyrsoides, Berkheya armata and Salvia africana-caerulea were some of the plants providing colour to the burnt landscape.

I have taken lots of photographs, so have plenty of memories of a great trip west and enough to keep me iNatting for a while!
Nicky
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Ballots Heights
Henry Paine is one of the top Laser sailors at the George Lakes Yacht Club. He has the boat shed next to ours and he and his wife Sally live at Ballots Bay. With the prevailing drought, there has been lots of discussion over the last couple of months about fire and fire-prevention. Ballots Bay has wooden houses and lots of senescent Fynbos turning into Thicket. They have undertaken some clearing and stacking and are waiting for the right conditions to do a controlled burn. In the meantime, lots of plants are coming up in the cleared areas. An invitation to the Outramps to come and have a look proved irresistible.

The usual SIM members, Nicky, Sandra, Ann, Jenny and Di were augmented by Jo-Anne, Rebecca and Brittany. Rebecca and Brittany are students at NMU and Jo-Anne is the youthful chairman of the Garden Route Branch of the Botanical Society. Having survived the drive up the death-defying entry road to Ballots Heights, we were met by Sally and Henry, who showed us where the clearing had been done. We combed through the area with cameras at the ready. Our aim was to catalogue all the plants seen on iNaturalist. Nicky and Fred have created a Place on iNat and it is already populated with lots more to come.
Ballots Heights - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ballots-heights Click on Observations and your will see some of the plants and insects that reflect the biodiversity of the area. We also created an album Ballots Heights October 2019

We are hoping to return at the change of seasons for the next year or so, so that we can have a comprehensive picture of what grows and lives there. We would like to hold a mini iNat course for the residents, so that they too can contribute to the biodiversity catalogue for Ballots Heights. And if the controlled burn comes about, there will be even more reason to return. Thanks to Sally and Henry for giving us this wonderful opportunity.
tanniedi
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STOP PRESS
A snippet which came in from Brian/The Boy/Mr Fab
This Otholobium was first found by Jan Vlok way back, then the Outramps went back to the area and re-found it in November 2013. It had never been collected in flower, until I found a few flowers last week. Prof Charlie and I are now working to describe the species asap. The population consists of over 100 plants sprouting after the fire, but they are threatened by Hakea sericea, which is germinating all over the slope. It is going to be called Otholobium outrampsii.
Mr Fab
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Out and About in the Southern Cape
Bosduif Loop on Giant Kingfisher Trail
The forest is recovering after the recent rains and the banks were covered with flowering Crassula orbicularis. After completing the high Bosduif Loop, we took the track that leads to the stepping stones up-river of the pont. The going was surprisingly tricky, but we had loads of fun watching some young German tourists crossing the strongly-running Touw River. They got their feet wet.

Pepsi Pools
It was a pleasant walk on a blustery, showery day with WAGS. We had a top-up of 12mm to add to the 55mm over the weekend. The stunning bronze/pink leaves of Blechnum attenuatum were the highlight of this very attractive hike. Wet and cold, we were pleased to huddle in front of the fire at Platforms, where we met after the hike for a drink and a bite to eat and a mini celebration of Bill's 85th birthday.
tanniedi
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Field Trips
Friday 18th - SIM has never done Flanagans Rock, although we do it often with WAGS. After the recent rain, the slopes on the northern side of Cradock, should be looking spectacular. The week after that, we will probably go and check what Spring and some rain have produced in Camferskloof.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
South Africa

All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.

Area of Interest to the Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Ballots Heights - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ballots-heights
Baviaanskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/bo-kloof-guest-farm-baviaanskloof
Buffelsfontein- https://www.inaturalist.org/places/buffelsfontein-435-portion-2-albertinia
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
De Mond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/de-mond-nature-reserve
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trail
Eco-reflections - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/reflections-eco-reserve#page=1
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Great Brak River Conservancy put on by Stuart Thomson - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/great-brak-river-conservancy
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kouga Wildernis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kouga-wildernis
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay District - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mossel-bay-district
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Goudveld -
https://www.inaturalist.org/places/goudveld-garden-route-national-park
Outeniquas Jonkersberg Bowl - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-jonkersberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Langeberg https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas North Station -https://www.inaturalist.org/places/north-station-on-the-montagu-pass
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Outeniquas Waboomskraal Noord - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomskraal-noord.
Robberg Corridor - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist

Outramps CREW Group - all postings
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/outramps-crew-group
Ballots Heights - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=143599
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geraniaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa (Tony Rebelo)- https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg

Outramps CREW Group - iNaturalist stats
59 827 observations
8450 species
19 Observers

(Updated Monthly)
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the recent power outages.
Walkie Talkies - Botanical walks that include more talking than walking

Posted on October 15, 2019 11:19 by outramps-tanniedi outramps-tanniedi | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Great progress with identifications

This time last month, there were about 2,800 Research Grade observations - now there are over 3,500.

Congratulations and many thanks to the >500 identifiers who have been helping with the flowering plants of Indonesia!

(Please do keep on flagging those pot plants and street trees as 'not wild' so that all these research grade observations feeding into GBIF are useful for species range modelling).

Well done, everyone.

Posted on October 15, 2019 11:01 by lera lera | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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CNC2020-Tokyoのお知らせ

1)City Nature Challenge(CNC) 2020に関する情報(準備中)
2)CNC 2020-Tokyo について(準備中)
3)iNaturalistへの登録とCNC 2020-Tokyoへの投稿方法(準備中)

Posted on October 15, 2019 05:54 by kobori kobori | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Jamaica - iNaturalist World Tour

It's Week 17 of the iNaturalist World Tour. This week we'll visit Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Suriname in the Neotropics, Angola and Nigeria in Africa, and Montenegro and Estonia in Europe.


We begin in Jamaica. The top observer @tchakamaura with observations clustered near the town of Portmore just southwest of the capital of Kingston. Two birdwatchers such as @birdernaturalist, who leads WINGS tours in Jamaica, and @guyincognito are the second and third top observers. Other top observers include @zygy, @docprt, @paulbowyer, @woodridgejeff, @stefanmozug, @johnnybirder and @screws


The number of observations per month has been increasing in the last two years peaking in February of this year driven mostly by visits by @guyincognito and @zygy.


@cypseloides is the top identifier and leads in bird IDs. @wayne_fidler leads in insect IDs from nearby Cuba. @tchakamaura leads in plant IDs. @jbroadhead and @guyincognito are other top identifiers.


What can we do to improve iNaturalist in Jamaica? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread.

@tchakamaura @birdernaturalist @guyincognito @zygy @docprt @paulbowyer @woodridgejeff @cypseloides @wayne_fidler @jbroadhead

We’ll be back tomorrow in Angola!

Posted on October 15, 2019 05:10 by loarie loarie | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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BOLD reference images of jewel beetles

These links to the Barcode of Life Database (BOLDSYSTEMS) will take you to images of reference specimens of buprestids collected for genetic barcoding. They can be quite useful if you have one you're unsure of. Be aware these by no means represent a complete list but do show most of the species you're likely to find in South Australia. Many have been submitted by South Australian researcher Peter Lang. I've broken them down by genus, including only those likely to be found in SA but excluding Agrilus because there are so many species, world wide. If I've forgotten a genus that you think should be here let me know.

Cheers,
Ralph

Castiarina
http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=253495

Melobasis
http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/TaxBrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=253493

Temognatha
http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=253528

Neocuris
http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=253538

Stigmodera
http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=319376

Diphucrania
http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=299904

Posted on October 15, 2019 04:09 by rfoster rfoster | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Commentary: As a birder, I see the effects of climate change every day. Now, Audubon has quantified the threat.

For serious birders who regularly observe birds in the wild, ignoring climate change isn't possible. We have been seeing and documenting the effects of a warming climate since at least the 1950s.

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-commentary-birder-effects-climate-day.amp

Posted on October 15, 2019 03:47 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Now we're a collection project

I just converted our Boyle Outdoor Education Centre project into an iNaturalist collection project. That means that we no longer have to manually add observations to the project. iNat NZ will now automatically add all observations from within the Boyle Outdoor Education Centre general area to the project.

We use the Boyle River area polygon, at https://inaturalist.nz/places/boyle-river-area, to determine which observations automatically go in.

Posted on October 15, 2019 00:55 by jon_sullivan jon_sullivan | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Nature Walk in Crossings Park - October 14, 2019

I went home for fall break, and I took a walk in a park in my hometown of Albany, New York called the Crossings. The weather was warm compared to Boston, the temperature being about 70 degrees. There was very light wind. I walked with two of my high school friends, and it was very nice to talk to them while observing autumn leaves and other plants. I saw many different types of plants, from pine trees to milkweeds. There were even mosses on the ground in some dark places of the park. Many of the trees' leaves were turning red and yellow due to it being autumn. There weren't very many wild flowers to observe, and most of the flowers I saw around the park seemed to be planted by humans. There were a lot of people in the park taking walks, biking, and walking their dogs. Overall, this walk was a very calming and enjoyable experience.

Posted on October 14, 2019 22:33 by yenasung yenasung | 9 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Fourth Nature Walk in Colonie Town Park: October 14th, 2019

Today I went for my fourth nature walk of the year. On my previous three nature walks I went to Edmands Park which is located close to my dorm at Boston College, but since I was home for the weekend I decided to try out somewhere new! This week I walked around the Colonie Town Park which is located just outside of Albany, NY and is nestled along the Mohawk River. It was an afternoon walk, around 4:30, with the temperature coming in just above 60 degrees. On this particular walk I was specifically looking for plants to observe. Right from the start I identified Asters and Allies, which are a type of plant which I identified multiple times back at Edmands Park. As I walked around more I went down by the river and observed some Bulrushes and Cattails, which were cool as they deviated from what I normally observed. Overall it was a great walk and I found many different plants, some of which I had previously encountered, and some that I had never seen before!

Posted on October 14, 2019 22:11 by nickgraz3 nickgraz3 | 8 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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RG observations climbing fast

This time last month, there were about 8,000 Research Grade observations - now there are over 10,000. Congratulations and thanks to the >1000 identifiers who have been helping with the flowering plants of India!

Posted on October 14, 2019 22:06 by lera lera | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Новые ООПТ

Добрый день!

К проекту присоединились еще две охраняемые территории:
заповедник "Кивач" - Республика Карелия
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/zhivaya-priroda-zapovednika-kivach
и Юганский заповедник - Ханты-Мансийский автономный округ
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biodiversity-of-the-yuganskiy-state-nature-reserve

Posted on October 14, 2019 21:50 by max_carabus max_carabus | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Still here

My hummingbirds are still here. They're getting nutrients more from the flowers than the feeders.

Posted on October 14, 2019 19:56 by mrlascorpio83 mrlascorpio83 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Jordan - iNaturalist World Tour

We end Week 16 of the iNaturalist World Tour in Jordan. The top observer is @cliygh-and-mia with observations clustered around the capital Amman. Several other top observers have observations near Amman such as @khaled5 who works as a tour guide across Jordan. Ecologist @ronf and Jerusalem Botanical Gardens botanist @fragmansapir are in Israel on the map because of all their observations in neighboring Israel, but they each are top observers within Jordan across the country and in places like the Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan's largest nature reserve. Severeal other top observers such as @harrisonlee07, @wildchroma, @paolaferruzzi, and @saysay123 have observations clustered near this reserve. @yairur is also in Israel on the map, but their Jordan observations are just along the border with the Golan Hights in the northwest corner of Jordan. Several top observers such as @denis_m have observations clustered in the coastal city of Aqaba.


The graph of observations per month had a peak centered on January 2017 and has been ramped up again in 2019.


@sammyboy2059, based inthe UAE, is the top identifier and leads in bird and mammal IDs. @ronf leads in plant IDs. @cliygh-and-mia leads in insect, herp, arachnid, and mollusk IDs. @ariel-shamir and @artem are other top identifiers lending their expertise from Israel and Armenia respectively.


What can we do to get more people in Jordan using iNaturalist? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread.

@cliygh-and-mia @ronf @yairur @fragmansapir @khaled5 @denis_m @harrisonlee07 @sammyboy2059 @ariel-shamir @artem

We’ll be back tomorrow in Jamaica!

Posted on October 14, 2019 18:13 by loarie loarie | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Watchung Reservation, NJ Nature Walk- Plants

This week while at home for fall break I was able to take advantage of a gorgeous fall day and go to a reservation near my house. With fall weather becoming more prominent it was a little chilly walking through the trails in the more woodsy areas of the reservation, but when the sun hit it was a perfect temperature. There weren't a lot of other people when I went out in the morning, but I saw one family on another trail enjoying their time outside the same way I was. On my walk I was able to see tons of different organisms in the densely populated woods.With the coming of colder weather there are a lot of changing leaves, but there are also tons of leaves that haven't changed from their bright green color. I also didn't see very many animals or insects on the nature walk, which I was a little surprised about. I could hear birds in the trees around me, but didn't see anything except for one spider, some ants eating a berry, and a small chipmunk. Overall the experience was very enjoyable and once again relaxing as I just got to spend some time outside on a beautiful day.

Posted on October 14, 2019 16:29 by daabj daabj | 6 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Nature Walk 3: Plants

I was able to complete this nature walk during fall break in my home town. I did this nature walk at Burnt Hill Park and some of the surrounding streets. Although I have been going to this park since I was about 7 years old to play soccer, there were quite a few things that I had never noticed before. This nature walk allowed me to explore more of this park than ever before and truly appreciate all of the beauty that it had to offer. The weather was perfect, about 60 degrees and sunny, with a slight breeze. I got to see a great deal of biodiversity within the park. All of the leaves were changing colors and many of the plants were in full bloom. There was a wide variety of plants ranging from nonvascular to vascular to flowering. I got to observe trees with their leaves changing colors and the goldenrods in full bloom, as well as some ferns and other types of plants.

Posted on October 14, 2019 14:50 by kaleighb kaleighb | 7 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Ansel Adams' take on Yosemite National Park.

To Matthew Adams, Ansel Adams was simply his grandpa.
Growing up in Fresno, California, Matthew would spend time with him during short summer vacations in Yosemite National Park, where his grandfather taught photography workshops.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/ansel-adams-yosemite-new-book-california/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3xtsecwvGFnw3uKqhdQWi-GdMuclHrienRC307PzzNAp3Q4TDI-EHVtXs

Posted on October 14, 2019 14:44 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Walking in Nashville

Over fall break, I went to visit my friend in Nashville and decided to do my nature walk while I was there! We went to a green space next to the model of the Parthenon they have in Nashville and tried to find some wild plants. While I wanted to make sure the majority of my posts were of plants, I had to include one picture of a squirrel because there were so many of them on and around campus! In the park, there were many cool looking trees, including one that I photographed that swept down close to the surface of the water. It was a lovely sunny and 75, the perfect weather to explore nature with a friend in a new city!

Posted on October 14, 2019 14:36 by kmeade788 kmeade788 | 5 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Plant Nature Walk

This past weekend for fall break I went to visit my boyfriend at Florida Gulf Coast University down in Fort Myers, Florida. Saturday, he took me on a little campus tour and along the way I stopped to take photos of plants that I found. Even though he kept getting annoyed at me cause every-time I saw a plant I'd have to stop and take a photo of it, I really enjoyed our walk through campus. Of course, the weather was beautiful, sunny, mid-80s, and a whole lot warmer than back in the northeast. There were several different plants that had grown around campus, and my personal favorite were the palm trees.

Posted on October 14, 2019 14:05 by chloestein chloestein | 5 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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МГУ выложил в GBIF базу данных "Онлайн дневники наблюдений птиц". Почему это важно?

Всем привет! Сегодня МГУ выложил в GBIF базу данных "Онлайн дневники наблюдений птиц". Этот массив данных содержит 306 426 наблюдений птиц, в т.ч. 277 842 точки встреч с территории России. Таким образом, iNaturalist в качестве источника данных о природе России в GBIF отодвинут со второго место на третье, отставая от "Дневников" на 55 тысяч записей. По сосудистым растениям он уверенно занимает второе место. Кое-какая статистика по массивам приведена ниже.

1. Топ-источники по находкам из России в GBIF (все группы) | Top data-donors for Russia in GBIF (all groups)

Место | Rank База данных | Dataset Находок | Occurrences
1 Moscow University Herbarium (MW) 622,805
2 RU-BIRDS.RU, Birds observations database from Russ… 277,842
3 iNaturalist Research-grade Observations 222,687
4 Geographically tagged INSDC sequences 195,599
5 EOD - eBird Observation Dataset 171,034
6 A grid-based database on vascular plant distributi… 123,054
7 EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds 80,923
8 A global database for the distributions of crop wi… 69,255
9 Arctic Ocean Diversity 62,946
10 Birds of Northern Eurasia 62,749
Источник: GBIF

2. Топ-источники по находкам из России в GBIF (сосудистые растения) | Top data-donors for Russia in GBIF (vascular plants)

Место | Rank База данных | Dataset Находок | Occurrences
1 Moscow University Herbarium (MW) 556,446
2 iNaturalist Research-grade Observations 142,225
3 A grid-based database on vascular plant distributi… 123,054
4 A global database for the distributions of crop wi… 69,255
5 Chronicle of Nature - Phenology of Plants of FSE Z… 54,792
6 EURISCO, The European Genetic Resources Search Cat… 51,488
7 MHA Herbarium: Moscow Region collections of vascul… 49,622
8 A grid-based database on vascular plant distributi… 31,669
9 Phenological Center - Plants 24,905
10 A grid-based database on vascular plant distributi… 22,625
Источник: GBIF Поскольку регулярного обновления "Дневников" не планируется, у нашего сообщества появилась новая локальная цель - вернуть себе второе место )) О том, что такое GBIF и как с этим связан проект "Флора России", можно почитать тут.
Posted on October 14, 2019 13:26 by apseregin apseregin | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Laundré: Another hunter myth: Americans are losing touch with nature.

John W. Laundré Laundré is in the biology department at Western Oregon University. He has studied cougars, wolves and coyotes in the U.S. and is the author of "Phantoms of the Prairie: Return of Cougars to the Midwest."

https://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/laundr-another-hunter-myth-americans-are-losing-touch-with-nature/article_ec3d7282-d164-5d8c-a663-436f2a6f2567.html

Posted on October 14, 2019 13:18 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Laundré: Another hunter myth: Americans are losing touch with nature.

John W. Laundré Laundré is in the biology department at Western Oregon University. He has studied cougars, wolves and coyotes in the U.S. and is the author of "Phantoms of the Prairie: Return of Cougars to the Midwest."

https://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/laundr-another-hunter-myth-americans-are-losing-touch-with-nature/article_ec3d7282-d164-5d8c-a663-436f2a6f2567.html

Posted on October 14, 2019 13:17 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Outstanding October butterflies in Manhattan

Though we are now well into autumn, butterfly season is not over in Manhattan, and a few finds in particular so far this month demonstrate the value of staying alert.

1. Funereal Duskywing

On Oct. 10, @kasimac took a photo of an unusual-looking butterfly that turned out to be New York state's first record of Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funerealis), a southern species that is known to wander widely: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34169876

2. Harvester

Early this month @spritelink photographed a Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius) in Central Park: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33778666. This species is the only U.S. butterfly with a carnivorous larval stage; the caterpillars eat aphids. Apparently there have been only two other sightings in Central Park in the last 25 years or so.

3. Horace's Duskywing

Not on par with the previous two observations but apparently rather rare nonetheless was a duskywing I photographed in Central Park, now identified as Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius): https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33932164.

Have fun out there!

Posted on October 14, 2019 12:54 by djringer djringer | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Cameroon - iNaturalist World Tour

Cameroon is the 111th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. The top observer is @aristidetakoukam with many observations (mostly fish) up and down the coast of Cameroon. @johnnybirder's observations are clustered near Korup National Park while @markuslilje's observations are clustered in the western and northern parts of the country. @irida73ceae has observations near Banyo, @elisebakker near Bouba National Park and @jakob and @markusgmeiner near Lobeke National Park. Other top observers include @muir, @dan_cawley, and @spellecchias. @dan_cawley's observations are near the capital of Yaoundé where he works at the Rain Forest International school.


the number of observations per week has been ramping up since 2017.


@esant is the top identifier and leads in fish IDs. Fish are the top observation category thanks to all the contributions from @aristidetakoukam. As with many African countries, @jakob leads in insects, @johnnybirder in birds, and @marcoschmidtffm in plants as top identifiers. Other top identifiers include @joshuagsmith and @clinton


What can we do to get more people in Cameroon using iNaturalist? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread.

@aristidetakoukam @johnnybirder @markuslilje @irida73ceae @elisebakker @jakob @muir @esant @joshuagsmith @clinton

We’ll be back tomorrow in the Jordan!

Posted on October 14, 2019 07:03 by loarie loarie | 3 comments | Leave a comment
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2019 სეზონის ბოლო ძირითადი დავალება

📣 ეკომონადირეებო, ამასობაში აინატურალისტის 2019 წლის სეზონის ბოლო დავალებაც გახდა ცნობილი და მის შესასრულებლად დრო 10 ნომებრამდე გაქვთ ^_^ 📷

📲 iNaturalist-ის აპლიკაციის საშუალებით გადაიღე ფოტო და პროექტში - "Tbilisi EcoHunter" ატვირთე თბილისში გავრცელებული ეგზოტური მარადმწვანე ბუჩქები🌲

🏞 ფოტომეგზურსაც მალე მოგაშველებთ :3

🌐 ინსტრუქციას კი გაეცანით ლინკზე: http://bit.do/eM4G6~

გისურვებთ წარმატებებს <3

Posted on October 14, 2019 06:30 by nbgg nbgg | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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PLANTS

I went on a walk today around a drainage pond behind my home in the woods of New Hampshire. Because of the October weather, the view was spectacular, filled with bright red and mellow orange leaves. However, with the theme of plants, all the plants seemed to be either dead or losing their leaves. I knew that I needed to stay low and take my time to find any surviving plants. Staying closer to the water yielded more success, all while providing a better view. Waling around the base of a connecting river caused me to find a wide variety of animals, like the frog in this post. I also found a rather large spider that caused me to run in the other direction, which sadly means there is no picture of the beast. The weather was great as the sun was out in a cloudless sky, as I roamed comfortably in a t-shirt. It was a great walk that led to me really observe all the plant life. Bonus: I saw a beaver from a distance!

Posted on October 14, 2019 05:56 by lamarreb lamarreb | 5 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Visit to Houghton Park and Hammond Pond

Today, I went to Hammond Pond and the surrounding trail to see if I could spot some fascinating plants. Not going to lie, but I was quite unsuccessful in finding anything interesting. First of all, there were too many boulders around and so I kept getting distracted by climbing them and second of all, I didn't manage to see anything that really popped out. However, I do have some other plants to show from my trip to Houghton Park. I went one week before in the afternoon when it was chilly 53 C°. Surprisingly, I found so many types of berries when I was walking around. I had a really bad urge to eat them, but I think most of them were poisonous. I saw some other flowers and weeds that were colorful and took some pics of those as well. One more thing, I know it's off topic, but I found a ton of fungi today as well! So, I've posted those on this journal just for fun.

Posted on October 14, 2019 02:38 by humzar humzar | 9 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Wheke of Otaipango Tries Photography

After taking photos of this wheke it decided to get in on the act and grabbed my camera. A good thing I had the cord around my wrist as it has a very strong pull. Pulling out my other camera I got this photo showing the wheke with my main camera and the grey cord you can see stretched tight is attached to my other wrist.

As I had someone with me, they took the cord of the camera the wheke had, then I got down to get some photos with the other camera. The wheke initially had the camera upside down.

Once it had sorted out which was was which, it thought to try and take a photo of a human, not a common species seen regularly by the wheke.

However, distracted by it's good looks, it forgot to press the button.

So the first wheke photographer of Otaipango did not get any photos.

Meanwhile in Wellington in April 2000 this wheke stole a camera while it was recording and from that video we can see it is the same species. I am not sure if these 2 are related, and I am not sure if there is any research into kleptomania and octopus. Is it just this species that has a fascination with photography or are there other species as well?

Posted on October 14, 2019 02:15 by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua | 1 observations | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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