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applewood  ·  39 minutes ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uncovering the Seeds of a Post-Lawn Future

That's really pretty. It doesn't look anything like this, but the other day I saw a cluster of plants with green leaves and red stems and I thought the contrast was really lovely.

applewood  ·  1 hour ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uncovering the Seeds of a Post-Lawn Future

Well, there's tons of different methods of seed dispersal for plants, besides just birds eating seed bearing fruit. Other animals, such as deer, coyotes, etc., also eat fruit and carry seeds. But seeds also spread by floating on the wind (think dandelions), catching rides on fur and clothing (think burs), to literally practically bursting forth from their pods and letting fate decide what happens to them. Additionally, some plants, instead of spreading by seeds, like to spread by establishing root colonies and branching out in clusters. Anecdotally, I know the majority of the prolific plants in my yard don't make fruit eaten by birds, so they must be spreading in other ways.

As for native/invasive species, plants grow where they can thrive. That said, like animals, plants compete for space and resources. If someone wants to let their yard go fallow and wants to help prevent against invasive species, there's a lot of things they can do from cautious weeding to planting native plants and seeds that can be gotten anywhere from local seed/plant swaps, nurseries, and even stateagricultural and department of natural resources programs.

applewood  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uncovering the Seeds of a Post-Lawn Future

. . . I love this guy. Thank hoh for showing him to me.

From the comments, a useful tip . . .

    Cardboard boxes, flattened & rocks on top helped us to kill a section of lawn without using chemicals. After the grass was dead we rented a sod cutter, flipped the sod, then planted native wildflowers. Now it's a beautiful butterfly garden & I take lots of photos of the beautiful butterflies! Love the video, thanks!!
applewood  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

There's actually a lot of compelling arguments to be made for keeping cats indoors. If you're curious to hear some of them, I'd be happy to share. If not, that's okay too. I don't want you to feel like I'm passing judgement on you, or worse, telling you how to conduct your own personal life. Cause I'm definitely not.

applewood  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

Thanks, I appreciate it. Prayer, for better or worse and for a ton of reasons, is always a bit of a sensitive area. :)

applewood  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Applewood’s Rambling Creature Feature Reviews - Evolution (2001)

Heck. You won't get any judgement here. From a certain angle, these reviews are more like mini love letters to films in a genre a lot of people don't take too seriously. :)

applewood  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9, 2019

A broken leg sounds like the perfect excuse to order delivery pizza and chinese and whatever else you can get delivered almost every day.

I've been pretty busy myself, with kind of not crafts. I've been to the park and in my backyard a couple of times this week taking pictures of bugs and birds and lizards and such. I'm gonna get a few printed out for reference and try and draw them. While not necessarily crafts or art, I collected some acorns from the yard, made sure they passed the water test, and planted them in pots hoping they'll stratify over winter. Someone already called dibs on a spring seedling if everything goes right, so maybe five or six months from now we'll have a few baby trees with homes for them all.

applewood  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Applewood’s Rambling Creature Feature Reviews - Evolution (2001)

It's such a shame too, because the set design and special effects for this movie really were a treat. If only they were used for a better overall film. That said, it does make me reminiscent for both Men in Black and Starship Troopers, so I'm kind of motivated to hunt them down.

What did you think of Gamera? I've seen bits and pieces of the Showa Era films when they come on tv, but I've never actually sat down and watched them.

applewood  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

Bhutan and Thailand both look like such beautiful places. You're gonna be in for an amazing trip.

applewood  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

Photography

Going to a DSLR from a pocket point and shoot a few years ago was a wonderful change. My lizard/frogs/bugs photos jumped up in quality significantly. Fall is coming up, and the bugs are starting to get more sparse, so I've been focusing more and more on birds. They're more difficult to work with though, as they're often any combination of pretty far away, very shy, move around a lot, or sticking to the shadows and thick leaves and branches. My 70mm lens isn't cutting it, so I'm gonna save money so in the spring, I can buy maybe a 400mm lens or something. I already have a bird/bug hunting strategy for if and when I do. From sunup to about ten, I'll have the bigger lens out for birds. Then from ten to early afternoon, when the birds become less active, I'll switch to the 70mm lens and turn my attention on the crawly guys.

iNaturalist has done me a lot of good this year, motivating me to get out more. I've learned a lot from it too and look forward to getting out and learning more the rest of this year and into next year.

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Life

I wanted to talk about other things tonight, but my heart isn't in it at the moment. I don't want to be all Facebook Melodramatic Cryptic Post or anything, but I don't want to go into detail about some hardships I'm working through. My burdens are my own to worry about and I'm trying my best as possible to be a level, positive voice on Hubski and in life in general. I'm having a tough year though, I'm ashamed to admit, and today was such a good day it really made me realize how much I've been struggling, for quite a while actually. I know I'll survive in the long run, cause I'm a never give up kind of guy and I'm blessed with some genuinely good people in my life, so don't worry too much. All that said, maybe if some of you are the praying type, as vulgar and selfish as it is for me to ask, throw one or two my way?

applewood  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

Cosmic disasters aside, with our social and wandering nature it's a miracle diseases haven't wiped us out either. But, here we are.

applewood  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

It feels like it could work in the other direction too. This afternoon I was washing my hands in the sink when I caught out of the corner of my eye a house centipede trapped in it, trying to climb out, to run away from the water and the noise and the giant towering above it. It scurried and scurried and got nowhere, until I let it out by letting it crawl onto a paper towel and then resting said towel on the floor.

If you were to ask me, I'd say watching try to run away was a response from fear. But then, does it feel fear the way I do? Does it feel fear at all? It's a creature that is both very simple yet still complex, familiar and foreign, and I don't understand it at all other than I knew it wanted out of the sink (but then again, does it feel want) and was probably relieved to be on the ground (but did it feel relieved). If a form of alien life is as different as me and that centipede, but humans are centipedes in that scenario, chances are they're still not gonna be able to comprehend us.

applewood  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

    Some of the answers that people give are quite entertaining and thought-provoking.

Also philosophical and occasionally spiritual. I only ever got to hear bits and pieces of it with you, but loved what I heard. Let's listen to it together.