blood-and-vitriol
blood-and-vitriol:

clatterbane:

birdandmoon:

Sometimes when I’m hiking in the woods I think “This place is so pristine and wild.” Then I remember some of the changes that have happened to wildlife in the past couple hundred years.

ISTR that the Eastern bison’s range also covered most of the Northeast, before settlers hunted them to extinction. The last known one was killed along the river system I grew up on. They’ve also had to reintroduce an elk subspecies from the Rockies, after totally wiping out the native ones.
Further down we’ve still got plenty of timber rattlers. But the canebrake rattlers almost got wiped out along with the rivercane (native bamboo, a popular material for all kinds of stuff) getting destroyed.
The number of species wiped out by settlers makes me want to cry sometimes. If as a society you can/even want to kill all the *parakeets*, FFS, there’s something bad wrong.

There’s nothing like the attitude that the nonhuman world is there for your use. :|

blood-and-vitriol:

clatterbane:

birdandmoon:

Sometimes when I’m hiking in the woods I think “This place is so pristine and wild.” Then I remember some of the changes that have happened to wildlife in the past couple hundred years.

ISTR that the Eastern bison’s range also covered most of the Northeast, before settlers hunted them to extinction. The last known one was killed along the river system I grew up on. They’ve also had to reintroduce an elk subspecies from the Rockies, after totally wiping out the native ones.

Further down we’ve still got plenty of timber rattlers. But the canebrake rattlers almost got wiped out along with the rivercane (native bamboo, a popular material for all kinds of stuff) getting destroyed.

The number of species wiped out by settlers makes me want to cry sometimes. If as a society you can/even want to kill all the *parakeets*, FFS, there’s something bad wrong.

There’s nothing like the attitude that the nonhuman world is there for your use. :|

brilliantbotany
brilliantbotany:

health-gasm:

fit-free-fun:

thehealthywarrior:

weightwatcherqueen:

Terrific Tip: Flip the bell peppers over to check their gender. The ones with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male. The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw and the males are better for cooking. Isn’t that cool? 


That is awesome!

if this is true this is so freaking cool

Definitely not true. Bell peppers are the fruits of Capsicum annum, and in botanical terms they are berries: a mature fruit formed from a single ovary. There is no such thing as a male or female pepper; they are all matured ovaries that contain seeds.

brilliantbotany:

health-gasm:

fit-free-fun:

thehealthywarrior:

weightwatcherqueen:

Terrific Tip: Flip the bell peppers over to check their gender. The ones with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male. The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw and the males are better for cooking. Isn’t that cool? 

That is awesome!

if this is true this is so freaking cool

Definitely not true. Bell peppers are the fruits of Capsicum annum, and in botanical terms they are berries: a mature fruit formed from a single ovary. There is no such thing as a male or female pepper; they are all matured ovaries that contain seeds.

kellypope

kellypope:

mattdoux:

roritx:

Sumac foraging has started in ernest. Cold steeped Sumac tea with just a pinch of dried hibiscus flower makes the most refreshing summer drink when you’re hot and tired. We have Smooth Sumac in this area which the majority of people consider a weed. Anti-fungal, anti-microbial and antioxidant are just a few of the benefits from spending a few hours outside.

I need to learn how to better identify red sumac… I love the pink lemonade flavor.

fuzzy antler branches velvety red berries that are kinda sour leaves are kinda like golden rain tree there’s some in ramshackle~