Readers’ wildlife photos

November 9, 2020 • 8:10 am

Send in those good wildlife photos, folks, and remember that street photography and landscapes count as wildlife. All I ask is that the photos be of good quality, comparable to usually posted here. Thanks!

Today’s photos are pictures of plants taken by Ken Phelps. I’ve indented his captions and IDs.  His first batch is of marijuana plants (Cannabis sativa), which are legally grown in British Columbia, where he lives:

A couple shots of the trichomes, stigmas (a pair of stigmas, plus the ovule, comprise the pistil), and bracts (modified leaves that protect the seed if the flower is fertilized.) on some ready-to-harvest marijuana buds.

Trichomes are the small, sticky, mushroom-like structures found on the flower’s bracts, stigmas, and the small sugar-leaves that sprout between the many individual flowers that comprise each bud. Maximizing the volume of THC-containing trichomes is the raison d’etre for avoiding pollination and cultivating celibate female flowers. They start clear, and become more opaque with time, eventually becoming amber. Early in development, the trichomes contain mainly THC compounds that result in a more energetic, cerebral high. With time, the balance shifts toward THC’s idiot cousin CBD, and a more narcotizing effect. The sweet spot in this continuum depends on the grower’s goal – fun, vs pseudo-medical couch lock.

Or so I’ve been told when asking for a friend.

Arbutus trees (Arbutus menzeisii ) [also known as the Pacific madrone] are the gift that keeps on giving, dropping leaves, bark, berries, and branches. Fine if your yard is wild like ours, but people with lawns often hate them.

A hanging curl of bark creating a bird.
A casual  drape of bark in filtered Fall sunlight.

Twisted bark with a bouquet of small branches.

Ganga (Cannabis sativa, Malawi strain is pictured) trichomes, turning cloudy and ready for harvest.
A tangled mass of trichomes, stigma, sugar leaves and bracts.


17 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Wonderful Ken! Two of my favorite plants.

    I am very fond of Arbutus menziesii. Beautiful and emblematic of the Pac NW coast. And, a great wood for steel string guitar back and sides!

    Some curly stuff I resawed from dimensional lumber:

    And here is some burl. The grain was so wonky on this that I backed it up with Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis.

    1. That is very nice. Do I understand correctly that there are issues getting it properly dried without splitting?

  2. Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?
    (I think they hang there winter and summer on those trees and always drop fruit as I pass.)

    Walt Whitman, in Song of the Open Road

  3. Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?
    (I think they hang there winter and summer on those trees and always drop fruit as I pass.)

    from Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman

  4. When handling marijuana flowers, your hands will quickly become quite sticky. Soap will NOT remove this stickiness. I find that a product called Goo Be Gone ™ quickly removes the stickiness from your hands.

    Please don’t ask how I know this lol

    1. VM&P Naphtha works well too; but don’t go for extensive exposure. Quick wipe, cap the bottle/can and toss the wiper in a cover trash bin.

      Saying this for a friend.

        1. Here are the ingredients for Goo Gone:

          KEROSENE (PETROLEUM), HYDROTREATED. Moderate Concern: general systemic/organ effects.
          PPG-3 METHYL ETHER. Some Concern: developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects. …


          1. Hmmmm indeed. Plain orange oil works really well, and very little is required, so I suspect the cost thing evens out. I’ve used it for years to remove dental materials from hands and work surfaces. I use a small amount to cover the afflicted areas and then just regular soap (or cleaning product on work surfaces) to remove the oil-softened grime (or heavenly nectar, as the case may be).

        2. Just Googled orange oil. That stuff ain’t cheap. But it seems Goo Gone has deadly chemicals which may have long term deleterious effects to my health. But it was only $2 a bottle lol

      1. I had a smart ass Physics teacher in high school. I had purchased a microphone that had sticky stuff all over it. He told me to bring it to school, and he would give me something that would clean it. I got very high that day. Didn’t like the feeling at all. He thought it was funny.

        The substance he gave me was Naptha. I have stayed far away from that substance ever since

    2. 99% isopropyl alcohol, which I cannot find stocked in stores lately. Frustrating trying to keep my glass pieces clean.

      Obviously NOT saying this for a friend.

      1. Thanx to my “hobby”, I had plenty of 70% Isopropyl alcohol on hand when the pandemic hit. Seems my girls grow better when all of the tools of the trade are sanitized on a regular basis. But like you, I can not find 99% isopropyl alcohol anywhere

        1. Up until a few weeks ago, my local grocery store had 99% iso. 70% just doesn’t do that well a job for me. I would be ecstatic to find 91% again at this point!

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