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Today we picked up three piles of grass and some sticks.  It is pleasantly cool this evening, but there are sweat bees everywhere.  >_<  I do not enjoy being licked by insects. 
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Today I walked around the yard.  It's getting warm and moist.

There are bees everywhere.  In the wildflower garden, I saw a big bumblebee visiting every flower on this plant.  I saw a small black bee and a tiny metallic green one on the echinacea.  These are probably native species, some of which are rarely seen. All had large panniers of yellow pollen collected from the flowers.  :D  Beeeeeees!

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 2, I picked a few blackberries.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 3, I planted some morning glories and watered plants.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 4, I weeded about half of the septic garden.
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I posted two batches of garden photos today, pots and prairie garden
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 For the first time, a badger has been filmed burying an animal larger than itself.  A cow.  \o/
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More studies explore how pesticides kill bees.  In some ways this is complicated, such as how chemicals behave once released into the wild.  But in the most fundamental way, it is very simple: poisons kill things.  No matter how safe people claim a toxin is, it's still a toxin and that tends to cause problems.  Here's another thing that's very simple: bees pollinate about one-third of the human food supply, including almost all the high-value fruits and vegetables. We are fortunate that many staples are wind-pollinated, but let's face it: if the bees die, a great many humans will follow.  So let's hope the idiot humans can learn faster than Coyote and his anus.

Fireflies!

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:05 pm
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 Tonight is moist and mild.  There are fireflies everywhere!  :D  Also some fireworks to the west of us.
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 There are two batches of photos from Thursday, one of flowers and one of nests.
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I posted two batches of garden photos from Monday, one of flowers and one of birds
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Today is mild and pleasant, but quite windy.  I took some pictures earlier, but don't know how well they'll turn out due to all the tossing about.

We picked up many sticks from the strip along the street and up the driveway.  One branch had fallen to stick upright in the ground!

Also I found a nest of baby bunnies, so remowing that area will have to wait a few days until they vacate.  They're hand-sized and furry, so it shouldn't take long before they move out.

EDIT 6/19/17: I planted more morning glories and moonflower around the support wire.  Most of the older ones had been eaten.  >_<  

EDIT 6/19/17: We picked up sticks back toward the east edge of the yard.

EDIT 6/19/17: I trimmed branches from a fruit tree and honeysuckles.  Then Doug cut larger ones from the golden rain tree and the walnut by the road.
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Today is warm and muggy.  We picked up the remaining grass that had been raked, one pile and a row.

Baby robins are still in the nest.  :D 

EDIT 6/19/17: I went back out later and did more grass trimming.

Fireflies!

Jun. 16th, 2017 09:02 pm
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As far as the eye can see.  :D  After the rain we got recently, it's warm and damp out tonight, something fireflies find very romantic.  So they are all out there with their lights on, making more fireflies.  <3 

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