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Permaculture Photo Challenge - December 2019 - January 2020

 
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RED and GREEN....seeing it everywhere in my photo files now that I'm looking for it.
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humingbird
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dragonfly
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bee at flower
 
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NEW

Born very early this morning.......
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newborn sheep
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newborn sheep
 
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DECORATION

Livening up the farm by decorating it with yard art. No store bought items. No plastic. All homemade out of nothing new. Posts came from my woods. I made the signs out of wood scraps. Even the paint was not bought new.....came from partial cans destined for the dump. Yup, my friends know that I'll take their handouts rather than the stuff being tossed in the trash.
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Road sign post # 1
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Road sign post #2
 
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PLASTIC FREE

No more plastic water bottles! Want a drink at our place? You'll find it in the glass water bottle on the kitchen counter. Feel free to help yourself.

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Su Ba wrote:DECORATION

Livening up the farm by decorating it with yard art....



Xanth! I remember loving those books as a teenager. I have like 25 of them. Reading them as an adult, there's a lot that went way over my head at the ages of 12-16
 
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SOLAR

For 15 years we've been living off grid, getting our electricity via solar. We have no desire to hook into the grid. I think that's amazing considering we both grew up as cityslickers and didn't have the foggiest idea about a solar system when we started out.

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The main panels, which are tiltable so that they can point toward the sun as the seasons change.
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Angie set for the best morning sun.
 
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COMMUNITY

The first photo shows a small group of individuals who came together to build a greenhouse at the community garden. Nobody got paid, there were no awards given out, no photo in the newspaper. Just folks in my community that saw a need to help out, so they did.

The second photo may puzzle you, because it's just a single woman cleaning off graffiti from a telephone pole...spray paint that some young person selfishly painted on a dozen or so poles and street signs around town. Our community is poor but proud. It doesn't wish to be looking like some urban ghettos. Around my town you will see individuals stop to pick up litter alongside the road, broom up broken glass out of the street, put a fresh trash bag into a full trashcan at the park, go home to get a new roll of toilet paper for the park's restroom because it ran out of paper. We are part of an active community. We don't sit around complaining, hoping some official will do things for us. We're not all angels, but we have a goodly number of angels living in our community.

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Building a greenhouse for the community garden.
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Being a community member, cleaning up graffiti.
 
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WARMTH

Bring that I live in Hawaii, I don't have a strong need for heat. But nights surely can get chilly during the winter months. A quick wood fire drives the chill and dampness away.
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Our Morso Squirrel wood stove.
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Nothing like to ambiance of a wood fire on a dark night.
 
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Solar
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solar sheep
solar sheep
 
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A two-part set for Community, namely the permies community, a community that has taught me skills (like how to make this bench), and supported me in learning crafts (like needlefelting chickens and making fairies/dolls), inspired me with ideas and given me advice, and a place where I can give back.  This picture would not be possible without permies. I am so grateful for this community!

(This would have been a one picture post if I could have actually held my hand steady enough for the distance picture, but alas, I haven't got THAT skill yet!)
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My roundwood bench with doll and chickens on it, by my pond
My roundwood bench with doll and chickens on it, by my pond
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My mini-me needle felting a chicken, rooster, nest of eggs, and tiny chick on my wooden bench
My mini-me needle felting a chicken, rooster, nest of eggs, and tiny chick on my wooden bench
 
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A few pics from around the house
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Cold
Cold
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green red
green red
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green red
green red
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green red
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green red
green red
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green red
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green red
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night
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night
night
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sweet
sweet
 
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Finally I've got a photo for this challenge. I saw that word 'distaff' I didn't know ... So I searched and found it. Now I know (I knew the Dutch word).
I'm not a spinner, so I don't have a real distaff. But I do have some spindles (which I rarely use). So I made a photo of those. On one of them is even a start of spinning a plant fiber. I'll probably have to go on with that to get a BB needed for the Straw Badge Textiles (PEP).

No distaff but spindles
 
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A few more from today!

The first one: The first snow just slightly above us.
The second one is the new dog in his "house" with a 100W lamp for warmth.
The third one: The descending clouds have reached the house.
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The first snow
The first snow
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warm puppy
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half way itno the dark
half way itno the dark
 
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HALF WAY OUT OF THE DARK

Looking around my farm, it struck me that Mother Nature had examples of plants that like to grow half way out of the dark, such as mamaki trees. Plus certain plants have individual leaves that develop pigment half way out of the dark green. Ok, that's a stretch, but hey, I like my variegated plants! So here's a photo of a variegated taro leaf that has pretty cool coloring, and some pathos leaves. I use this particular variety of taro for decoration and for selling the extra offshoots. The pathos not only is pretty, but it is a source of biomass. Pathos grows easily here with total neglect. About 3 times a year I hack the vines back and add the leaves and stems to the compost bins.
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A white & green variegated taro variety,
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Pathos with half & half coloration.
 
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16. New
I spotted this water fountain with a nice little water bottle filler. I have shyed away from using drinking fountains in the last 40 years because of all the cooties out there, but I could see using the water bottle filler.
My picture isn't very good, my Motorola phone doesn't have a good camera. So I included the link to one sold on Amazon Elkay LZS8WSLK EZH2O Bottle Filling Station with Single ADA Cooler, Filtered, 8 GPH, Light Gray https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0038YCQQQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_pcB6Db730MZWD
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water fountain
 
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Yesterday morning there was some frost in the garden. So I made a photo for the theme 'Cold':

Perennial kale with frozen droplets
 
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LEFTOVERS

My farm helper made this screendoor out of leftovers, scraps left from other projects. The only things purchased were the hinges and the door knob. Actually the door knob had been kicking around in a drawer for years and finally found its purpose. But the hinges are new.

The door frame is made of fir. The wood has been sitting around for years looking for a place to be used. The lattice is made from teak scraps, shaved off some teak boards from another project. The screening came from a roll that had been leftover from making screens for the kitchen windows. There was just enough left to use on this door with just 2 inches to spare. Talk about luck!!

So this is my new leftovers screendoor.
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REPURPOSE

I needed a temporary workbench. Rather than going out and buying lumber, I repurposed some wood pallets to make a very serviceable garden workbench. The beauty of it all.......when I no longer needed the workbench there, I repurposed the pallets into vegetable growing boxes.
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LEARNING

As some of you already know, I pass along my knowledge and experience by teaching others how to grow food. Here's some examples....
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Learning about bottle feeding lambs.
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Learning how to grow food.
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Learning how to harvest food and share with others.
 
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Tea:   hyssop & tarragon
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hyssop & tarragon
 
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WHITE    (or cold, lol).   First snow of the season,  sometimes we get a few more weeks before it begins but not this year!
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WHITE
 
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This thread Rocks... I collect those too. I’m really into wilderness photography and have thousands of photos. Some may not fit this list perfectly or determined by a word listed. I tend to get abstract in my meanderings....
TIME

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TIME
 
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Repurpose
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Repurpose
Repurpose
 
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Warmth
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Warmth
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Warmth
 
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