uhh ...at your door steps?????? What are you? The snake whisperer?
Funny thing happened to me some years ago. I saw this tarantula running
across my front porch. It was the real deal and huge. Silly me
thought..."No one is going to believe me!" So I ran in the house and
grabbed a mason jar to catch it so people would believe me, and when I
got out there and took a look at that spider and then a look at my mason
jar ... the spider was bigger than the mouth of the jar was, and I
thought to myself .. "this isn't going to work". About that time, the
tarantula decided it didn't want to play dead any more in the corner of
my front porch and it took off running. It 'bout scared the @#!$# out of
me when it did that, soooooooooooo... I let it go it's way, and I ran
into the house thinking .. "you dummy! WHAT were YOU thinking???" I
hate spiders and I was going to try to catch one THAT big?? <smile>
ugh ... my worst nightmare ... years ago when my kids were toddlers, a
black widow decided to make it's nest right nest to our front porch steps.
I was scared of it, but more protective of my kids, so I said my short
condolences to the spider with the egg sac and prompted smashed it and its
progeny with a big board!
On Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:20:14 -0500, Natural - Smoking Gun - Girl wrote:
Every mother would do the same to protect her kids.
My kids always knew to scream, and I'd come a' running, to take care
of whatever it was that scared them, whether it be a rattler, gopher
snake, black widow spider, daddy longlegs, or even a bee or horsefly!
On Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:22:07 -0500, Natural - Smoking Gun - Girl wrote:
Well, it's 500 yards of poison oak jungle! I'm the only one who ever goes
there (I wonder why). It's very peaceful. The birds like me because I hacked
out a trail,and they were right behind me, eating the bugs that I had to
dig out of the steep hillside with my gas cultivator in tow.
Note: Using a cultivator on a steep hillside of poison oak was when I
got the worst case yet. Something about chewing up poison oak vines in
the tines got the stuff on me, no matter how hard I tried to dress for
Here you can see one of the "momma vines" which was about as big as they
get in my ravine, where it's just oozing with enough urushiol sap to
infect every human on earth!
My brother would freak just thinking about such giant poison oak plants.
As a kid, he spent much of one summer indoors due to an extreme reaction
(that required medical intervention and injections). He can get a rash
just walking by a patch. As the older sib I had to learn to identify poison
ivy and point it out. All these years later, it's still automatic for me to ID
poison ivy, oak, or sumac to anyone nearby. I am amazingly good at
Oh, an good on you for relocating rather than eliminating the snakes and
such. Though I don't think I'd be as kind to the black widows. I only
rescue jumping spiders. I sometimes rescue the crab spiders that come in
on flowers. The rest get squished.
On Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:47:19 -0400, Pat Kiewicz wrote:
I understand what you mean, as I am always identifying it for the
grandkids, who wander by oblivious to all harm.
Nobody is immune to cell-mediated immune responses (since the T-Cell
are randomly generated and passed by the Thymus), but some people just
haven't (randomly) gotten it yet. Or, they haven't gotten enough of a
dose that their T-Cells wandered by a urushiol quinone which has
bound to a receptor site on a Langerhans cell in their skin.
NOTE: Contact dermatitis is NOT mediated by humoral antigen/antibody
responses, so, all the conventional wisdom of "being immune" goes out
In the case of the amount of sap in that picture, almost nobody on
earth would not respond to that amount, were it to touch skin (keeping
in mind, the urushiol oil is known to stay active over 100 years in
dendrology drawers) and probably 10 years in my relatively dry climate.
I've never gotten a rash from poison ivy, even when (as a kid) I was dared
to rub a leaf on my skin, or when I've pulled seedlings out bare-handed.
My dad's side of the family, very vigorous reactors. My mother never has,
if I recall correctly.
Which is sort of odd, as both my mother and I have had serious
reactions to other chemicals and adhesives. I've had at least one
quite serious case of photoallergic dermatitis which required
(unpleasant) steroid therapy and I have to carefully read labels to
avoid certain preservatives and also avoid sun-screens other than
zinc oxide. I mainly rely on sun protective clothing and hats,
which means long sleeves and long pants no matter how hot it is.
(Coolibar makes some clever items, but it's still easy to overheat.)
Looks more like a petal that hasn't completely colored up yet. But that's
really hard to tell in a photo.
If you look at sepals and petals on almost all flowers, you'll find
that each series of flower parts are in whorls -- multiple parts
all coming out at the same level. So the lowest series is the
sepals. Let's say in an opened out mustard flower, they're laid
out like a + sign. The next whorl is petals, and if the sepals are
laid out like a + sign, the petals will be an X. Then there will be
4 stamens, laid out like a + and two more like two arms of the X,
and finally in the middle, the two chambers of the ovary, the two
carpels joined together to form a single fruit.
http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20p?img=I_MWS95452&res=mx is a pretty
good view of the flower of a different species of mustard from the side...
in this case, both the sepals and petals are yellow, but different shapes,
and you can also see the four long stamens and two shorter ones most of
the mustards have.
is a lily
flower straight on, and you can see the different shapes of the
sepals, the narrower "petals" and the wider petals. Unfortunately, it's
not a good photo of the stamens or ovary, but I'll take what I can
get here. <g>
And yes, I can rattle on for hours about flower parts and how to
interpret what you're seeing... it's one of the major tools for plant
identification, once you get beyond pure recognition of different species.
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