Model 1 Sd.Kfz.171 Panther Ausf A (Late) 35 Meng snrgsa2599-Models


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Meng Model MNGTS-002 British Tortoise A39 Heavy Assault Tank

I’m quick when it comes to spotting potentially edible foods in the wild; partly from lots of reading about California flora, and how the native peoples provided for themselves; and partly from an all-consuming curiosity that’s been with me since childhood. I like to decipher the connections between plants; what’s related to what; and I’m willing to try almost anything once.   

Holtkamp Cheetah 1 32 Luton VanMach 2 1 72 Armstrong Whitworth Argosy RAFGP0641966 Batmobile with Batman and Robin Figures 1 25 Scale Polar Lights Plastic KitHobby Boss 1 35 LKW 5t mil gl SAVE .00 ON R.R.PJapanese Aircraft Carier IJN Hiryu paper model 1 200 huge 114cm

AMUSING HOBBY 1 35 Super Conqueror Tank 35A013 + British Tank Crew Figure
Dragon 6684 German RSO 03 with 5 cm PaK 38 1 35 scale plastic model kit
  • Male house finch at the feeder

U.S M4 Sherman Tank Turret Built Painted Weathered & Mounted In Frame - 1 48Tamiya 1 35 scale 1 35 155mm SPG M40Italeri 1 72 Bastogne December 1944 Diorama Set

In years past I’ve participated in Cornell University’s "Feeder Watcher Program", which engages citizen scientists all across America to help compile statistics on songbirds. One year, the observations of individual watchers was used to help monitor and track the spread of an eye infection amongst house finches.

A Tamiya Started plastic kit of a German JAGD Panther, Boxed


Comet 4 Flugzeug Modellbaukasten 1 100 Vintage Box 1966 model kitTraxxas VXL-3s Waterproof Brushless Speed Controler (200A) - Z-TRX3355XHasagawa HAE29 B-24J Liberator - 1 72 Scale Kit by Hasegawa

About eighteen years ago I was enrolled in a Nursery Management class at the College of Marin and our instructor always had plant propagules to share with his students. One day he took a bag of moist perlite full of stratified, and germinating redbud seeds from the refrigerator to share with the class. I took a dozen or so to grow on; but it wasn’t until several years later that I noticed some minor differences in the leaves of certain specimens: some were fully rounded, or with a slightly indented notch, others showed a delicate little tip to the rounded form; making the leaf almost a heart shape.  

EDK11119 - Eduard Kit 1 48 Ltd Edition - Reichsgreeneidigung Dual Combo
Trumpeter 1 72 - Jmsdf Lcac Landing Craft - Kit 172 Model Scale Air Cushion
  • Juncos spend much of their time on the ground

TAKOM 2099 1 35 PANTHER AUSF.A LATE PRODUCTION 2IN1 FULL INTERIOR KIT BNIB200mm 1 9 Sergeant, 5th Dragoon Guards, CrimeaBeneito Confederate Vignette Little Round Top 1863 Vignette 54mm Unpainted kitScale 75 Keynan King of Lions Fantasy 75mm Metal Unpainted Kit

Brush piles like this are wonderful cover for a lot of the ground feeding birds, and also benefit the raptors – both hawks and owls – because of the great cover for the rodent populations. Brushy areas also create nesting sites for the Juncos. These little sparrow relatives are very successful breeders, even with nests right on the ground! The lovely brown, tan and grayish tones of their plumage are perfect camouflage.

  • Cobweb Thistle in a sunny border
    Hobbyboss HBB85501 152mm ShkH DANA vz.77 Cobweb Thistle in a sunny border

Micro-Habitats; Knowing Your Land

My husband and I live on a south facing hillside situated above the Novato Creek floodplains; it’s a beautiful, warm, and sunny spot with a great vantage point. Our hill, called Cherry Hill on some maps, is a part of one of the ridges extending from Mt. Burdell, the 3rd highest peak in Marin County, and we’re directly facing Big Rock Ridge, the 2nd highest spot in Marin. When the skies are clear, we can actually see just a little tip of Mt. Tamalpais, the highest peak in Marin! To the east, we can see the twin peaks of Mt. Diablo, which is the highest peak of all in our area and therefore the base meridian of much of northern California.

Elefant Sd.Kfz.184 1 35 Military Model Kit - Tamiya 35325TRU05338 - Trumpeter 1 350 - Russian Tsesarevich Battleship (1904)MLP6DSM 6CH SAFE TX - P-EFLRMLP6C

Even so, with not much more than an inch of rain, I’m witnessing an almost instantaneous re-greening of the landscape! Within days thousands of seeds are germinating; lots of grasses, and a great variety of weeds and wildflowers. This is where the fun begins. I love the challenge of identifying these minute plantlets. Sometimes I’m already so familiar with the plant that I know it from the cotyledons, but very often I need to see the first true leaves before I really know what they are.

Thinking About Weeds

MONOGRAM un opened plastic kit of the new Monkees Mustang GT., factory sealedRoadcraft Scammell 3-ton Mechanical Horse and 15-foot flatbed trailer RCFT431-3Age-2 Normal 1 100 (Gundam) Bandai Model KitYoung - D-Day Normandy 1944, 1st infantry Division - YM1861

Lotus 38 Indianapolis racing car kit - white metal model to assemble and paintTakom M1070 & M1000 w D9R US 70 Ton Tank Transporter And Bulldozer 1 72 5002Miniart 1 35 Scale Budapest 1945 36007 Building Figures Diorama Plastic ModelTrumpeter 1 35 MT-LB 6MA Soviet Military Vehicle Model KitSpektrum Aircraft Telemetry Variometer Sensor - P-SPMA9589

Here’s where my thoughts about weeds differ from those of many others; weeds are not all bad! 

Kitty Hawk Model 1 48 Sukhoi Su-17M3 M4 1 48 Hasegawa AH-64D APACHE LONGBOW (JGSDF) PT42 + pitot