Archive for the ‘Flora Fauna’ Category

Big Birds Flying Across the Sky….

Not just one of my favorite Neil Young lyrics, but it happens to be what the scene is above my house and yard lately.  Crows/Ravens?  I should know the difference seeing as I can identify 4 types of Swallows, but yeah.  Those big birds are indeed flying across the sky, and stopping to talk.  My friend Tiokasin Ghosthorse once told me that Crows should be treated with respect, not just because they are part of our world, and all things in the world should be treated with respect, but also because the Sioux believe the Crows are ancestors that are stopping in to say hello, to check in on us.  It actually might not be Sioux, he is Sioux, and this filled my assumption.  Either way, we can say First Peoples of some type think this.  Since the day he told me that, back in like 93 or 94 I have always said hello to the Crows.  I like the idea, seems like a nice thought.   On top of all of this, these birds are hella smart, and can recognize people as friend of foe.  Pretty dope.  A quick look into wikipedia let me know that the First Peoples of the Northwest even have Creation Mythology involving crows.   I like this, so many folks got the crow in the “trickster” side of things.  Helpless Helpless…. goes the Neil song. rock that shit.

This is just sad

This image was floating around the web, and i”m sorry I don’t credit the photographer with this… but I have a feeling they wouldn’t mind it being shared in this context.  I mean, this is pretty much what is wrong with the world in a visual nutshell.  Consumed garbage, accidentally.  Result, Death.  Garbage Swirls in the ocean, Toxic Stews….  I might have to have a drink. Yeah, that could also have something to do with certain outlooks.

We gotta help the natural world.


Chocolate Cake Planter

There is this Chocolate cake that I buy about once every two months. I wait this long between buying it because I eat the whole thing within 48 hours. Yeah, it’s just something I do. Another thing I like to do, is re use packaging as much as possible, especially for planting up house plants. The dome of this packaging has a #3 recycling type on stamped on it, and I could just put it in with the rest of the recycling, but I had three Kalanchoe (Beharensis “roseleaf”) That needed a home. Ideally I would use the bottom part of the cake packaging as the saucer for the Dome planter part. But it had a 3″ raised section in the middle, and the dome when place upside down on it, wouldn’t sit right. So instead of poking hole in the bottom, I will just plant it as a planter without drainage. One just has to be careful not to overwater, and allow the soil to be bone dry before adding more water. These are succulents, so this won’t be a problem. Easy Peasy…..

Add drainage rock, I went with two inches because of the lack of holes at the bottom, extra is good if you have the room.

Add proper potting mix, I got this nice succulent cacti mix from work (Sprout Home)


Done! Now to put this little guy into a bright sunny spot.

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