Thanks Rebecca and Nancy. I'm glad you're enjoying the photos. I've enjoyed my time here taking them.
First i made a video of some workers on the lab taking out a stump.
I wanted a little sauerkraut
, so i chopped up some cabbage and started it fermenting. I used the recipe from Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz
I found what looks like California poppy (Eschscholzia californica). Wikipedia says they don't overwinter in cold climates. But this one has such lush growth, i think it must have had some roots
in the ground to get an early start. Don't know if an earlier gapper
planted these, because we are outside of it usual range, but i've seen several around the Lab.
Lastly, some foothill death camas (Toxicoscordion paniculatum). Reportedly, livestock generally avoid this plant as it is unpalatable. Sounds like they might use it occasionally to self medicate, like Sepp Holzer
suggests. So this can be one of many poisonous plants in the paddocks here. Native
peoples used it externally to treat bruises, sprains, and boils. I guess most bees
(except some specialists) avoid it because of the toxicity of the pollen.