Nothing like coming home from work, and having to go straight back to work.
I hope this little guy makes it. He was pecking at ants during the car ride,
so he obviously wants to live. Ants are huge pests down here in Los Angeles.
He's a fighter, getting taken care of at the sanctuary. I think he'll make it.
This is probably my favorite thing about the state of Oregon. Wherever you go
in the state the wild blackberries are literally everywhere, and they make the outdoor air smell
so damn amazing, especially on hikes...it just makes everything that much more enjoyable.
The residents here consider them pest weeds, as they are....but I find them quite tasty.
So I think the people here are also nuts for always wanting to get rid of them on their
property. To each their own. They make for wonderful jam. Oh yesz
Yums in the backyard. Another reason I'll miss this place when I head
back to Cali for winter. Reminds me of New England living here sometimes...
not that I like New England or anything...but some things bring back the
Giant sugar pine cones make perfect bird feeders. You can find them
yourself in the wild lands of the Sierra Nevada, parts of Oregon & SoCal-
or you can purchase them directly from people who collect them, like myself:
PURCHASE GIANT SUGAR PINE CONES HERE
Bird Feeder - How To? Simple:
Take a giant sugar pine cone - add cord - cover the cone
in natural peanut butter - add seeds, raisins, whatever you wish!
The birds will be all over it. Then hang on a tree, or wherever.
I've been watching this thing grow for a while.
A queen builds a nest by mixing her saliva with pieces of
weathered dry wood that she scrapes off with her mandables. It gets bigger and
bigger each month. In New England they're basketball sized by around October
so I'm thinking the same will be true for out here in Oregon, going to keep taking
pictures though, as I don't know yet...
Worked on the garden today...which will actually be shared by many.
It is certainly in the beginning stages, but I think it's coming along alright. :)
So far -
Planted rainbow beets, brown potato, green beans, snap peas, radish, cucumber, broccoli,
red cabbage, spinach, san marzano tomato, black prince heirloom tomato, atkinson tomato,
black cherry tomato, sweet basil, leeks, rosemary, sage, oregano, and all different types of
strawberries. There's already wild blackberries here as well as apple & pear trees. Going to add
blueberries soon. Hopefully a garden toad will eat up the insects....
Lots of drunken birds and birds that get injured around here.
This yellow warbler accidentally flew into my parked car when I stepped
out of my RV. He became disoriented but I figured he'd be alright after
a few minutes. An hour later I became a bit more worried, and tried to feed
him a worm. Luckily this brought him back to reality and he flew back off,
this time avoiding my car, as you can see in the 2nd video. :)
Got some new insect control at the Portland reptile show...ok not really
the best insect control, but they're just awesome ! They seem to be doing fine so far:
Plants are: Drosera Capensis, Drosera x Marston's Dragon & Sarracenia Rosea