Saturday, September 7, 2019

Old Business

"Hey, finally have a free afternoon -  let's go climb'n..."
"OK - where too?..."
"Haven't been out since April - definitely out of condition - someplace not too potent!..."


"Hey, up the ante -  try this old route - is pretty stiff!"...


"Pretty good, huh? - latch that pocket and you're just gettin' busy!..."


"Is a bit old route - that tree grow'n from the base of the stone wasn't even there when first put up!..."


... gotta' love a few of the old 'one off' hangs and the folks that enjoy 'em... most wouldn't...

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Fungus of the Month

... this years Amanita Muscaria var. Alba "crop" (ref: Manic Mushroom)...

... they usually appear in growths of three - although, think we may have accidentally run over the two others with the lawn mower during early stages of development - it's only September 1st, however, so we'll see... this guy has expanded to five inches in diameter... has become an annual event - don't know why they appear only on our property, and then only within the southeast corner of the lawn - have never encountered them anywhere else... research tells us that they are usually "symbiotic with conifers and hardwoods" (trees) - none of those around and the location they grow is in direct sunlight from dawn until around 3pm each day, when the sun sets beyond the shadow of a large sycamore tree to the west...

... we quit tryin' to figure out all the so called scientific bulls*t, however, and have just accepted them as another positive harbinger from the Great Spirit himself (itself..?) - mushrooms were perceived as powerful and mystical and associated with protection and power in Native American culture...