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Philip Durso
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I'm sorry I don't have much time to chat. They keep us pretty busy here at the project. I've tried a few times to write a nice introduction of myself along with posting these pics but something always came up to pull me away. Anyway I remember how much I enjoyed seeing pictures of "The Project" before I came to live up here. So I'll post the pics now and try & go back later to fill in explanations when time allows. I'm open to any suggestions & or answering any questions so feel free to write either on this thread or in a private moosage.
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wofati in progress

I know the date stamp is way off. I fixed it later that day. As I recall these were taken for Paul's TEDx Whitefish but I don't believe they made the cut. I would have gotten closer but Sasha was preparing to pounce.
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Tepi Time

Also taken for Paul's TEDx Whitefish & was happy to see one of them make it in! I took other pics that didn't. Here they are.
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That RMH looks super toasty warm!
 
Philip Durso
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We found these plants while organizing the office. Any help with identifying them would be greatly appreciated.
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Plant 1
 
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Cont..
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Plant 2
 
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And done
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Plant 3
 
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Farmstead Meatsmith assorted goodness!
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Yummy
 
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A bit better quality pic...
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Some of the food we are blessed to eat! Thanks Deb!
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More plant ID...Interesting moss growing all around here. Stays green even in January. I'm wondering if it would make a good candidate for moss art.
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Moss in question
 
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Thanks so much for posting these pictures! Although, it's hard to believe that Sasha is a hazard, other than by being unreasonably CUTE!
 
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Well Julia.....Sasha doesn't care for guys too much but we have been working on that....teaching her that the guys that belong on the property are ok!
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Try having them feed her. If there's time, have them feed her by hand (assuming she eats kibble) and ideally, she gets the food after doing something nice, like sitting.

What a lovely sit she has! How big is she now?
 
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Philip Durso wrote:Cont..


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the seed pods resemble Apocynum cannabinum (Dogbane, Amy Root, Hemp Dogbane, Indian Hemp, Rheumatism Root, or Wild Cotton)

not a positive id, but probable.
 
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Philip Durso wrote:More plant ID...Interesting moss growing all around here. Stays green even in January. I'm wondering if it would make a good candidate for moss art.


This is a lichen. Lichens are composite organisms made up of fungi component and alga or cyanobacterium component. The vibrant almost florescent yellow/green color of this lichen leads me to believe it is most likely Letharia vulpina. Lichens are slow growing organisms. I am not sure if it is possible to propagate lichens, but I have a feeling it is much more difficult than propagating moss. I do know Lethatia vulpina can be used to make a beautiful golden yellow dye on wool.
 
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Isaac Coblentz wrote:
Philip Durso wrote:Cont..


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the seed pods resemble Apocynum cannabinum (Dogbane, Amy Root, Hemp Dogbane, Indian Hemp, Rheumatism Root, or Wild Cotton)

not a positive id, but probable.


Isaac is close I think. That looks like dried Bitterroot (aka Spreading Dogbane), which fits since this part of the Rocky Mountain chain is known as the Bitterroot Range.

I double checked in the NATIVE PLANT DATABASE from the University of Texas at Austin.
Apocynum androsaemifolium


If the bush you harvested those from look like that come spring (say May or June) then that is what it is. The page I linked to indicates its baser properties - the primary of which is that it is poisonous, although some of the First Nations folks made thread from the fibers and such from my InfernalNet-fu.
 
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Philip, thanks a bunch for the photos!! Keep 'em coming... almost like being there ;)
 
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It seams that the quickest way to Sasha's heart is through her stomach.
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Sasha & PD
 
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Picked these up for the vermicomposting project me & Oliver will be working on. They are opaque and seem to be just the right size for the Red wiggler's (Eisenia fetida) bins we're making.

Follow along in the composting forum at Vermicomposting project at Wheaton Laboratory
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Vermicomposting bins
 
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Waiting for spring to arrive!
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A view from the Lab
 
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Keep feeding that puppy!
 
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