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Taken by my daughter on the way home from her swimming practice, 30.11.19
It is amazing what some people can do with a tree.
kenriley comments on Aug 17, 2018:
I'm comparing the size of the tree to the house, it looks like it would be a tight fit to go up in it. not that it can't be done. Anyway it's really cool looking.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
When I visited an older brother when I was in HS, he would say, "Let's get small."
A kudzu 'farm' in Chattanooga, Tennessee Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States ...
Meme0309 comments on Aug 17, 2018:
So invasive down here in SW FL. I worked as a park ranger for FL DEP and we did a lot of removal of mon-indigenous plants and this stuff grew in Mountain sized areas
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
Well, you must be intimate with the stuff then. It's a lot of digging!
I love coffee!!!
MissKathleen comments on Aug 17, 2018:
LOL...you been hanging out with @germangirl90439 too much, sis.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
@Sheannutt 3/4, OK, So I can't be as crazy for you as I had initially thought ;-(
I love coffee!!!
MissKathleen comments on Aug 17, 2018:
LOL...you been hanging out with @germangirl90439 too much, sis.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
@MrLizard @ 21/2 Germans out of 2 Germans. Pretty good math!
I love coffee!!!
MissKathleen comments on Aug 17, 2018:
LOL...you been hanging out with @germangirl90439 too much, sis.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
@germangirl90439 I already know that! I'm sure @MrLizard thinks so as well.
I love coffee!!!
MissKathleen comments on Aug 17, 2018:
LOL...you been hanging out with @germangirl90439 too much, sis.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
@Sheannutt I didn't realize you were German. I like you even more!
A kudzu 'farm' in Chattanooga, Tennessee Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States ...
MikeInBatonRouge comments on Aug 17, 2018:
Oh yes, I remember from my days in Alabama. It does its best to cover and smother everything it can reach.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
Yes, it's hungry!
A kudzu 'farm' in Chattanooga, Tennessee Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States ...
freeofgod comments on Aug 17, 2018:
Excellent. The thing about kudzu is you can't really grasp it's impact until you've driven through a region that has been swallowed by it. Houses, trees, electrical poles. Anything in it's path. It's like a giant monster that's swallowing the earth.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
It's in parts ... here and there throughout the city. It grows on wires over roads! Amazing in its own way. It looks pretty cool if you don't know it's invasive. I've seen entire sides of mountains covered. I'm sure you've seen similar.
A kudzu 'farm' in Chattanooga, Tennessee Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States ...
Cast1es comments on Aug 17, 2018:
Japanese revenge after Hireshimo (sp) and Nagasagi (sp) .
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
Just a little before all that went down. Perhaps foresight?
A kudzu 'farm' in Chattanooga, Tennessee Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States ...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 17, 2018:
That is great information about your area and I love the photo.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
Thanks. You rarely disappoint!
A kudzu 'farm' in Chattanooga, Tennessee Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States ...
CrazyQuilter comments on Aug 17, 2018:
During my course in plant ecology, learned of many such ignorant introductions of plants that later became ecological disasters. Saw some similar mountains of lantana in Australia. It's the only plant growing as far as the eye can see, killing the eucalyptus in some places.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
Yes, thank God for the ignorant and near-sighted.
A kudzu 'farm' in Chattanooga, Tennessee Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States ...
Cast1es comments on Aug 17, 2018:
That would have been during the dust bowl era , when droughts caused the soil to be so dry , the topsoil blew away . Sounded good then , a Royal constant fight now .
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
As far as I know, the Dust Bowl was in the western states. But hey, people are constantly making mistakes and screwing the environment. Just another very obvious error!
I hiked the Cascade Falls near Blacksburg, VA last yr. I believe it was 4mi. It was so beautiful and...
Jthurston2 comments on Aug 17, 2018:
It's been way too long since I got to see Virginia.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
@AncientNight Some people are just born lucky!
Spent the last weekend visiting Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountain again. I wish I could spend ...
marksam8484 comments on Aug 17, 2018:
Looks awesome! I have done some spelunking at Carter caves in Kentucky. It has some interesting tours, however my favorite part are the cave systems you can get a day pass and explore all on your own. Spent a lot of time there as a kid and I still love it, recommend to anyone!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
The Mammoth Cave complex is also a very good one to explore. They normally have a knockout Christmas party there!
Basswood carving.
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 13, 2018:
What does the sign say? He/it looks cold and insecure. What were your thoughts as you were carving him/it?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 17, 2018:
@LB67 Thank you for being open and vulnerable by expressing how you feel. It takes a strong person to do that. I truly appreciate it and I will try to be more 'thoughtful' with future comments.
Basswood carving.
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 13, 2018:
What does the sign say? He/it looks cold and insecure. What were your thoughts as you were carving him/it?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 16, 2018:
@LB67 I understand your reaction, although I did not intend for it to be taken that way. Art, for me, is the most beautiful when it expresses something deep from within the artist; that can be screaming, pain-ridden, crying, laughing, whatever. I apologize that my comments caused you any type of discomfort. I obviously need to be more careful with them.
Whether I ever get the opportunity to build a home with natural materials, I'd at least like to try ...
Surfpirate comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Best get cracking then, time is a wasting.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 16, 2018:
@CelticFire I collect wine bottles from a neighbor. They drink a lot more than I could ever dream of. I'm hoping to incorporate them into my kids' playhouse.
Am I the only one who feels like a social misfit? Between work, training (cycling), sleep and ...
KateZilla comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Yes similar here too. Up at 4am then all the things you said. My social life consists of grocery shopping.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 16, 2018:
I've heard that's a great place to meet people. Unfortunately, hasn't worked for me though:-(
Wow a house in a tree.
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 16, 2018:
And here's a trucktree!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 16, 2018:
@Sheannutt Me too. I was trying to find out where your house was. Found an image, but said 'unknown location'.
Wow a house in a tree.
Bjy001 comments on Aug 15, 2018:
This is awesome! Love it. Any idea the location?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 16, 2018:
If I had to guess, I would say near Nepal.
My favorite Phlox doing more than its share. Blooms long and is a butterfly fave, especially to ...
SukiSue comments on Aug 15, 2018:
Love mine too! But the two killer cats next door have killed every living thing that's come through. My only hope is that they soon get old and let things be.I miss the beautiful Wildlife that would come through my yard, particularly the butterflies and hummingbirds. ☹️ Why can't people keep ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 15, 2018:
@Surfpirate great idea!
What is your favorite photograph of you when you were a child? This is a photo of my granddad, ...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 14, 2018:
I believe I was 4 years old here my grandfather built this little train.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 15, 2018:
That's a fantastic photo. You look younger than 4. You've kept up with that strategy!
"Cherokee Trail of Tears" beans These have turned out to be a very versatile bean. You can eat ...
HeathenFarmer comments on Aug 15, 2018:
Do I understand you correctly; you co-plant tomato sand these, so that the beans support the tomato plants? Interesting idea if so.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 15, 2018:
Yes. A support system such as bamboo or wire screen is still needed. The beans wrap themselves around both, tying the tomato plants to the support system. Here's a photo showing the beginning of the process.
Found this moth today.
Insectra comments on Aug 13, 2018:
That's the streaked sphinx (Protambulyx strigilis). What a beauty!!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@Insectra Yeah, I've been to PA a couple of times ;-) I've also been to Florida.
No photo, BUT, I found this critter on my windshield leaving a heavily-wooded event in West Central ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 13, 2018:
I've never seen one before. The Monkey Slug Caterpillar has a very interesting camouflage.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@seaspot_run I believe you ... I guess ;-)
Abingdon's Library is thrilled to have author and journalist BETH MACY speaking on her book DOPESICK...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Have you read it yet?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@BookDeath I'd have to order it. I couldn't endure the impatience of a fast reader behind me. ;-)
I would love to build an outdoor kitchen like this one, nothing better than cooking outdoors.
Eldovis comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Yes! It's the best , to a good outdoor quality life! My garden patio:, bread oven,and grilling, and cooking counter
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
That looks great!
Question for mechanically inclined men: Guys, would you offer to fix a gnarly electrical vehicle AC...
Bigwavedave comments on Aug 14, 2018:
What is he not giving you?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@Qualia Did I say goat head? I meant go-ahead.
Question for mechanically inclined men: Guys, would you offer to fix a gnarly electrical vehicle AC...
Bigwavedave comments on Aug 14, 2018:
What is he not giving you?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
Sex
Question for mechanically inclined men: Guys, would you offer to fix a gnarly electrical vehicle AC...
Bigwavedave comments on Aug 14, 2018:
What is he not giving you?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@Qualia Maybe he really 'loves' you (or at least infatuated with you) and is willing to give you some space. Maybe he's waiting on a signal and hasn't received the go-ahead yet.
Yin Yang ❤ Two forces in the universe, according to a Chinese theory: yin is the passive, ...
xyz123 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
I like this. How did it come about? Put a stick in the ground -- straight up (about 6-8 feet high). Every morning and evening put a small stone where the 1st and last shadow of the stick appears. Do this for a year -- also implies flat land, not mountainous. The stones will form the Yin-Yang symbol....
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
That is very cool. I didn't realize it was tied to the movement of the earth and the sun.
So..tomato season is coming to an end... Shorter and shorter season every year! I do change the bed...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 13, 2018:
I have never grown tomatoes from a seed, I used to buy tomato plants from a nursery. The one I like is called Early Girl they do really well.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@Surfpirate I use Seed Savers Exchange, a mail-order company. They have a wide variety of seeds and seem to be top-notch.
Found this moth today.
Insectra comments on Aug 13, 2018:
That's the streaked sphinx (Protambulyx strigilis). What a beauty!!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@Insectra For me, staying in PA would be a better option.
Nothing better when you're camping.
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Any sort of musical instrument makes the night special!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@Sheannutt That's absolutely fantastic! Glad you have a musical family.
Please can anybody translate this?
I_dont_know comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Okay, let me try this. Zucchini, potatoes, and ?, jalapeno, "bell"(?) peppers. How did I do?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
Maters equal tomatoes.
Another chapter on, "being embarrassed to be an American lately ..."
TheAstroChuck comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Groan. We should make a bunch of bumper stickers that read: "Can you believe this crap?" and place them on the vehicles expressing such gibberish. For the vehicle pictured there's plenty of room on the bumper for 3 stickers with large letters: "Can you" "BELIEVE" and "this crap?"
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@TheAstroChuck It might be worth taking a chance. I need to come up with a good generic all-purpose bumper sticker, or stumper bicker as my friend and I like to call them.
Basswood carving.
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 13, 2018:
What does the sign say? He/it looks cold and insecure. What were your thoughts as you were carving him/it?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 14, 2018:
@LB67 I can see the Gauguin connection. His figures could seem detached, removed. I like your piece and wasn't being critical. Just trying to verbalize my first impression. :-)
Another chapter on, "being embarrassed to be an American lately ..."
TheAstroChuck comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Groan. We should make a bunch of bumper stickers that read: "Can you believe this crap?" and place them on the vehicles expressing such gibberish. For the vehicle pictured there's plenty of room on the bumper for 3 stickers with large letters: "Can you" "BELIEVE" and "this crap?"
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 13, 2018:
I like your strategy. I've seen a lot of cars that would benefit from added bumper stickers. I wonder if it is illegal adding bumper stickers to cars? They probably wouldn't notice ... right away.
"Cherokee Trail of Tears" beans These have turned out to be a very versatile bean. You can eat ...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 13, 2018:
What beautiful looking beans.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 13, 2018:
Thanks, Sheannutt.I can always count on you for a comment :-)
This is my moonflower. The second photo is of my moonflower with "Cherokee Trail of Tears" beans ...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 12, 2018:
That is a beautiful flower.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 13, 2018:
@Sheannutt well thank you, ma’am.
Today I was listening to ABC morning program and an interview with good old KellyAnn Conway. What ...
PalacinkyPDX comments on Aug 13, 2018:
She's on my list of proximity-to-Trump unwatchables. Regardless of Trump, she's a scary, disturbing person. Could you imagine being stuck having her as your mother?! A bigger question is, why lazy media people bother interviewing her as though they're going to actually get usable information?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 13, 2018:
Oh no! That would be horrible!
This is my moonflower. The second photo is of my moonflower with "Cherokee Trail of Tears" beans ...
freeofgod comments on Aug 12, 2018:
Moonflowers are one of my favorites. I think I solved the riddle of vine or redbud on the park trail. It's the largest, oldest, redbud I've ever seen. Probably 45 ft tall. Massive leaves and pods. And there is a vine of some kind growing along a portion of it.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 12, 2018:
That is huge!
This is my moonflower. The second photo is of my moonflower with "Cherokee Trail of Tears" beans ...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 12, 2018:
That is a beautiful flower.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 12, 2018:
It's surprisingly showy. This is the first evening I remembered to photograph it. It blooms late evening and through the night. By morning, the flowers have collapsed.
So, I wasn't sure, yet again, where this would be most appropriate. But seems I've a lot more ...
SukiSue comments on Aug 12, 2018:
If I've overindulged then put on a few pounds, simply cutting down on or out carbs does the trick. And very quickly too! 3 oz of meat twice a day - chicken, turkey, lean beef, sea bass, or cod. ( I use nuts and seeds.) green beans broccoli cauliflower lettuce cucumbers Tomatoes radishes, asparagus ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 12, 2018:
@SukiSue Looking good.
Seeking info about elevation-sickness PREVENTION... any tips or tricks that worked for you? ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Train at high altitudes before you go on your trip.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 12, 2018:
@Soarfeet Sorry. I don't know of a magical pill.
Found this today. Thought I'd share:
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 11, 2018:
It sounds sort of like my thesis show.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@BookDeath I'll have to piece it together for you.
Hyles lineata, the White Lined Sphinx Moth, aka Hummingbird Moth.
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 11, 2018:
That is really beautiful. How large do they get?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@Leafhead I'll take your word on that!
I thought this group might appreciate this mural. This is not my photo, I found it on the internet.
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Wonder if they have bug problems?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@LB67 Maybe, but it's not a very good advertisement nonetheless ;-)
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
MrLizard comments on Aug 11, 2018:
They're fun to eat from a nostalgic point of view. They're really not all that well made. I have a friend who has a yearly Trailer Park Holiday Party where they serve many interesting dishes and snacks, including Moon Pies and Yoohoo Martinis. (The Yoohoo martini's are actually pretty damned ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@MrLizard Will do. Thanks for the invite!
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
MrLizard comments on Aug 11, 2018:
They're fun to eat from a nostalgic point of view. They're really not all that well made. I have a friend who has a yearly Trailer Park Holiday Party where they serve many interesting dishes and snacks, including Moon Pies and Yoohoo Martinis. (The Yoohoo martini's are actually pretty damned ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@MrLizard I'm almost always up for a road trip!
Has anyone else tried the Google arts & culture app? You can take a selfie and it searches for art ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I tried it. This is what I ended up with. I tried it several times.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@btroje Here are some recent ones. This is the only blue ribbon I could find. No matches found!
Hyles lineata, the White Lined Sphinx Moth, aka Hummingbird Moth.
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 11, 2018:
That is really beautiful. How large do they get?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@Leafhead They're the size of a hummingbird as well!
I'm pooped. Mowed the back lawn <2/3 acre.> Harvested some 'maters. Laundry done, other misc. ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Wow! Looks like you've had more rain than needed.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@bigpawbullets Industrious!
Has anyone else tried the Google arts & culture app? You can take a selfie and it searches for art ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I tried it. This is what I ended up with. I tried it several times.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@btroje I'll try not to disappoint.
I'm pooped. Mowed the back lawn <2/3 acre.> Harvested some 'maters. Laundry done, other misc. ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Wow! Looks like you've had more rain than needed.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@bigpawbullets I've watered a couple of times, but only because we didn't have rain one spell for about 5 days. I know Ohio has been getting more rain than we have. Looks good though. Better than not enough!
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
MrLizard comments on Aug 11, 2018:
They're fun to eat from a nostalgic point of view. They're really not all that well made. I have a friend who has a yearly Trailer Park Holiday Party where they serve many interesting dishes and snacks, including Moon Pies and Yoohoo Martinis. (The Yoohoo martini's are actually pretty damned ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@MrLizard Is it worth a trip to Gainesville?
Maybe a Silver Spotted Skipper? It might not seem like it, but I believe I'm learning a little ...
dalefvictor comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I am learning and appreciating the knowledge of others. Great posts.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
Thanks, Leafhead and Insectra know most of the answers. I'm learning ... very slowly.
Food not lawns!
HippieChick58 comments on Aug 11, 2018:
IKR!! I have been expanding flower beds and veggie gardens. Grass is stupid.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
And unnatural!
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
MrLizard comments on Aug 11, 2018:
They're fun to eat from a nostalgic point of view. They're really not all that well made. I have a friend who has a yearly Trailer Park Holiday Party where they serve many interesting dishes and snacks, including Moon Pies and Yoohoo Martinis. (The Yoohoo martini's are actually pretty damned ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
I've never even heard of them. Who makes Yoohoo martinis?
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
Condor5 comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Just curious, were they the same back then as now? I love those things, but rarely eat sweets nowadays.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@MrLizard I can't say I like the single-deckers either, but I liked them when I was a kid.
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
maturin1919 comments on Aug 11, 2018:
And as gross as ever. Guess PA Dutch whoopie pies have spoiled me.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@maturin1919 I'll check them out next time I'm in PA!
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
birdingnut comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Recently they've returned to the original recipe, removing many dangerous chemicals and sweeteners.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
I hadn't realized that they had ever changed the formula.
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
Sticks48 comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I believe the whole Moon Pie episode was faked by the US Governme.......... Oh! That was the Moon Walk? Never mind.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
The Moon Pie was a little before the 'faked' moon walk.
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
maturin1919 comments on Aug 11, 2018:
And as gross as ever. Guess PA Dutch whoopie pies have spoiled me.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
I've never had the whoopie pies. I had a Moon Pie yesterday. The first one I've had in years. It was as difficult to eat as I remember. I don't like them very much either, but it's a local thing that I thought people might be interested in.
Hiked 4 miles on part of the Carolina Thread Trail yesterday. Plan to do 6 miles on the Rail Trail ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 10, 2018:
A really cool hiking outfit!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
@sweetcharlotte Yes, I need to check for you.
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
btroje comments on Aug 10, 2018:
where is the RC?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 11, 2018:
It fell off the back of the truck and broke. Sorry.
A monster bullfrog that I moved off the road tonight, on my way home from trivia. We've been ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 10, 2018:
My daughter loves bullfrogs. I showed her your photos. She instructed me that I have to wet my hands before holding them. I told her I didn't know that and she said, "you're so old you should know that."
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 10, 2018:
@Insectra Well, you could, but thank you for not.
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the ...
Condor5 comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Just curious, were they the same back then as now? I love those things, but rarely eat sweets nowadays.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 10, 2018:
The originals still exist. They make a lot of different flavors as well now.
Gregarious caterpillars of the Datana genus. They are feeding on scarlet oak along my driveway.
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 10, 2018:
They must love oaks. Is this the batch you had covered earlier in the year?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 10, 2018:
@Insectra You had shown some that you had placed a bag over for protection until they could escape their cocoons. I thought these might be the same ones. I found your older post. It was about Luna Moths.
These are two pets I had in the late 1990's: an albino raccoon and an albino skunk. I bought them ...
pixiedust comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Amazing! They are absolutely gorgeous.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 10, 2018:
Thanks. They were a lot of fun too. The raccoon (Coo) pestered the skunk (Zha) mercilessly.
Going back a while when i made this..was modelled on the legend of the dragon who chased the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 9, 2018:
I'm guessing the blue is not part of the piece. It's a very refined piece. When did you do this and are you still doing stuff?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 9, 2018:
@Kismeteer What sort of metal work do you like the most: casting, forging, welding, blacksmithing? What sort of painting do you do?
Bucket List
Barnie2years comments on Aug 1, 2018:
I would love to take a river cruise down the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Vienna. Also, white water rafting. If I ever actually have a partner to do them with, nothing is holding me back, other than I don’t want to do them alone.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 9, 2018:
That would be upriver. The Rhine starts in Switzerland.
Bucket List
Iamkratom comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Kilimanjaro Burning Man I saw an ad for a massage where the table was set up in the middle of a slow moving Creek. Done at dusk with candle light. Waiting for my significant other to put the plan in motion! Yes please!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 9, 2018:
Burning Man is on my list as well.
Bucket List
escapetypist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
To go into outer space and listen to "Also sprach Zarathustra"
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 9, 2018:
Will you listen to it in English or German? An audio book I presume.
Red Spotted Purple on my feeder. It doesn't get any better than this
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 8, 2018:
The red is really subtle.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 8, 2018:
@Leafhead Very nice. Thanks!
Has anyone else ever camped in a tree?
Lincoln55 comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Slept in a tree fort that we built with scrap wood in Michigan during the Mid 60's. don't know if you'd call it camping.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 8, 2018:
@Justjoni Fort out.
Has anyone else ever camped in a tree?
Phin comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Ooooh! You guys are in for a treat. It’s the only way I camp. Pictures attached
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 8, 2018:
I've seen these or similar hanging in the Walnut Street Bridge here in Chattanooga, TN.
Has anyone else ever camped in a tree?
Justjoni comments on Aug 2, 2018:
John Muir would climb into a tall tree during a thunderstorm to enjoy the ride - it’s quite an experience! Like riding a bronc, in the rain, lightning all around. Awesome until you realize you are literally hanging in the tallest thing around ?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 8, 2018:
Electrifying!
This might be of interest to those who like 'different'. Suggestions for all 50 states. ...
btroje comments on Aug 8, 2018:
when was this built? very beautiful
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 8, 2018:
1906 This is a fisheye view. It's not so spectacular, but worth seeing if you're ever in Chattanooga. If you want to sleep at the Choo Choo, I'd recommend staying in a Pullman car. That's suppose to be 'more fun'.
I meant to post this earlier. Last Friday, I was driving along a remote back road to avoid local ...
Salo comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Hope that someone else would have to risk it? I hear they can be quite vicious?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 8, 2018:
@btroje I believe you're correct. I've seen a couple of pissed off ones though!
I meant to post this earlier. Last Friday, I was driving along a remote back road to avoid local ...
Salo comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Hope that someone else would have to risk it? I hear they can be quite vicious?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 8, 2018:
@btroje Tank the turtle is pretty cool. Wouldn't want a wild one following me around though.
Human Instinct: Is there such a thing? If so, what is it?
Coffeo comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Yes, I think it's pretty well established that there is.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 7, 2018:
@recluse No, I'm not an opponent of being born with a clean slate. I believe in evolution and know we are animals that share a lot of things with other animals. I believe our instincts have been extremely diminished due mostly impart to a brain size/capabilities. To me, it's probably more a problem with word meaning. Instinct can be defined in at least two ways. The definition of an instinct I'm looking at allows the organism no choice. Every member of a species has the same response to a certain influence, migration by birds, butterflies, and other flying 'things' for instance.
Human Instinct: Is there such a thing? If so, what is it?
Junkyardliv comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Its the hypothalamus
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 7, 2018:
Why so? Hormones maybe?
A pic from 2017: A freshly emerged pipevine swallowtail that I reared from a caterpillar I collected...
Leafhead comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Beautiful :) Female Pipevine Swallowtail laying on Aristolochia fimbriata. Male Pipevine Swallowtail Both pix taken at Olbrich Gardens in Verona, WI in their Blooming Butterflies exhibit.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 7, 2018:
@walklightly I'm not sure why you're asking. I guess it depends on the path?
A pic from 2017: A freshly emerged pipevine swallowtail that I reared from a caterpillar I collected...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 7, 2018:
That's pretty. I've never seen one before. I have a pipevine!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 7, 2018:
@Leafhead No worries, I'm not interested in providing invasives with a home.
A pic from 2017: A freshly emerged pipevine swallowtail that I reared from a caterpillar I collected...
Leafhead comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Beautiful :) Female Pipevine Swallowtail laying on Aristolochia fimbriata. Male Pipevine Swallowtail Both pix taken at Olbrich Gardens in Verona, WI in their Blooming Butterflies exhibit.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 7, 2018:
@Leafhead Cool! Thought I’d throw some English you’re way as well (spelling).
A pic from 2017: A freshly emerged pipevine swallowtail that I reared from a caterpillar I collected...
Leafhead comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Beautiful :) Female Pipevine Swallowtail laying on Aristolochia fimbriata. Male Pipevine Swallowtail Both pix taken at Olbrich Gardens in Verona, WI in their Blooming Butterflies exhibit.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 7, 2018:
OK, dumb question. What's the difference between a pipeline swallowtail and a pipevine swallowtail, other than the spelling and their colour?
A pic from 2017: A freshly emerged pipevine swallowtail that I reared from a caterpillar I collected...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 7, 2018:
That's pretty. I've never seen one before. I have a pipevine!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 7, 2018:
@Leafhead Doggone it. I don't have a Russian Olive. Maybe I should just keep my eyes on the lookout!
The arch of stubbornness 05 Aug '18 Rain and sun.
sweetcharlotte comments on Aug 5, 2018:
Beautiful arch over the gate. This is a nice looking photo.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 5, 2018:
Thank you
The arch of stubbornness 05 Aug '18 Rain and sun.
Sheannutt comments on Aug 5, 2018:
That is really beautiful the lighting is just right.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 5, 2018:
Thanks, Sheannutt
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
freeofgod comments on Aug 4, 2018:
That looks like a wild vine the dogs and I pass everyday on the trail we walk. I couldn't figure out what it was. I'm going to see if they are native to us. They are native to the ohio river valley (which is where I am) so I think that's what I'm seeing. Right now they have very large seed pods ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 5, 2018:
@freeofgod Sounds complicated! Maybe someone threw some bean seeds out and they grew? Poison ivy can be tricky to avoid.
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
freeofgod comments on Aug 4, 2018:
That looks like a wild vine the dogs and I pass everyday on the trail we walk. I couldn't figure out what it was. I'm going to see if they are native to us. They are native to the ohio river valley (which is where I am) so I think that's what I'm seeing. Right now they have very large seed pods ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 5, 2018:
@freeofgod That's a moonflower. It blooms white. Mine's blooming now, but it was planted this spring (maybe a late start?).
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
freeofgod comments on Aug 4, 2018:
That looks like a wild vine the dogs and I pass everyday on the trail we walk. I couldn't figure out what it was. I'm going to see if they are native to us. They are native to the ohio river valley (which is where I am) so I think that's what I'm seeing. Right now they have very large seed pods ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@freeofgod This is a different angle.
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
freeofgod comments on Aug 4, 2018:
That looks like a wild vine the dogs and I pass everyday on the trail we walk. I couldn't figure out what it was. I'm going to see if they are native to us. They are native to the ohio river valley (which is where I am) so I think that's what I'm seeing. Right now they have very large seed pods ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@freeofgod They sound interesting. Let us know when you figure it out.
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
freeofgod comments on Aug 4, 2018:
That looks like a wild vine the dogs and I pass everyday on the trail we walk. I couldn't figure out what it was. I'm going to see if they are native to us. They are native to the ohio river valley (which is where I am) so I think that's what I'm seeing. Right now they have very large seed pods ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@freeofgod Pipevine has heart-shaped leaves. I also have a moonflower growing in this tree. There are a few leaves that can be seen in the background.
Orange Least skipper, Common spragueia, Ailanthus webworm moth, pearl crescent, monarch, golden ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 4, 2018:
The milkweed bugs: The mature ones are more colorful ... contrasting?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@Insectra The X is younger. I didn't even see the X. I saw a dark blue heart on the younger one's shoulders and a black tail. The markings are noticeably different. X it is!
These are some of the 'new' things I'm trying this year. Dragon's Tongue bean. Mine don't look ...
MissKathleen comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Never cared for okra...slimy inside...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@MissKathleen Some people like it, some people don't. We've never had a shortage of okra.
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
Justjoni comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Artful combo
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
Don't tell anyone, OK?
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
freeofgod comments on Aug 4, 2018:
That looks like a wild vine the dogs and I pass everyday on the trail we walk. I couldn't figure out what it was. I'm going to see if they are native to us. They are native to the ohio river valley (which is where I am) so I think that's what I'm seeing. Right now they have very large seed pods ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
Are you referring to the Leather Flower? It's a native here so it's very reasonable to think it might be native there as well. I thought you were going to say it's a vine the dogs piss on every day. :-(
These are some of the 'new' things I'm trying this year. Dragon's Tongue bean. Mine don't look ...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I bet they are going to be delicious?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@Sheannutt Okra is one of those plants that is extremely easy to grow. You get fresh okra everyday and if you don't like it that often, other people might like some, making yourself an instant new neighbor. The stalk is very fibrous and I use it in making handmade paper. It's almost a perfect plant.

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The green man in Berlin, Germany. East Germany's crosswalk light. At the fall of the Wall, every city in Germany got a set of these crosswalk lights to show the unity of Germany. Photo taken in 21.10.16.
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Our new puppy, Bean, 14.11.19
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1961 with my granddad, Herschey Boy.
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I'm the little guy on the far left, early April 1962.
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