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Bushcraft/Bugging Out/Camping/Backpacking

Started by Jeremy B. Buchanan. Last reply by Jan Carter Oct 1. 68 Replies

I have recently had an interest in learning about the equipment needed for surviving in a Bug Out situation. In learning the proper tools and equipment to have, I have also started backpacking and…Continue

Strange (to me) mushroom

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 8. 11 Replies

I was riding my 4 wheeler through the woods the other day and saw this mushroom.  I don't recall ever seeing one like it before.  The pine cone lying beside it is about 3 inches long.  The mushroom…Continue

Off Grid living and Tiny Houses

Started by Jeremy B. Buchanan. Last reply by Steve Sep 4. 7 Replies

There have been a lot discussions about people wanting to live off grid and in tiny houses recently. I just wanted to know what any of your thoughts are on this idea. I think it would be awesome to…Continue

Outdoor Gardening

Started by Sue OldsWidow. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 6. 147 Replies

Lots of things to do in the spring, one is knowing when to plant and when to wait.May 10th is my last frost date, passed down from my grandmother. She said you plant something that comes up before…Continue

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Comment by Charles Sample on August 15, 2017 at 20:43

Doesn't look like we will get to see it here in Alabama.

Comment by Jan Carter on August 15, 2017 at 20:26

so a couple of questions.  Are you going to be somewhere you can see the event on Monday?

Our little of town of 600 is expected to have 20K visitors!  In a 20 mile radius the number is 80K!!!

Those of us on the mountain have chosen not become involved in the hype.  We will gather at the highest house to watch together and then meet down at my picnic area afterwards for a light dinner.  Going to town beyond tomorrow is not recommended by our city council nor our sheriff dept.

Where will you be and what will you be doing??

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Comment by Jan Carter on August 11, 2017 at 19:49

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

Look up Friday and Saturday nights (Aug. 11 and 12) for this year's Perseid meteor shower peak.

For Northern Hemisphere observers, August is usually regarded as "meteor month," with one of the best displays of the year reaching its peak near midmonth. That display is, of course, the annual Perseid meteor shower, which is beloved by meteor enthusiasts and summer campers alike. But skywatchers beware: You will face a major obstacle in your attempt to observe this year's Perseid performance — namely, the moon. (Live in a big city? Find out how to see the Perseids from urban areas here from our sister site Active Junky.)

As (bad) luck would have it, this year, the moon turned full on Aug. 7, and it will be at a rather bright waning gibbous phase several nights later, seriously hampering observation of the peak of the Perseids, predicted to occur on the night of Aug. 11-12. (Aug. 12-13 will also have high rates, as the absolute peak is during the day Aug. 12, but will also be obscured by the moon.) [Perseid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It]

Comment by John Kellogg on May 28, 2017 at 12:06

Ron

Your photos are stunning to say the least!

Comment by John Bamford on May 28, 2017 at 11:29

Beautiful photo's Ron , that arboretum looks a wonderful place to spend your time .

Comment by Jan Carter on May 27, 2017 at 19:14

LOL, he really does not like that chainsaw sound !

Comment by Ron Cooper on May 27, 2017 at 16:21

I also posted a handful of the photographs I took during my Coyote Encounter on my Flickr page, which you can access here...

Link: Coyote Encounter

There are more than 3K photos spread over 30 pages on my Flickr account. Most were taken at the Arboretum that is just about 1 mile down the road from where I live. I invite you to take some time and browse through these photographs. Enjoy!

Comment by Ron Cooper on May 27, 2017 at 15:22

Hey, Gang! 

I uploaded a video that I shot yesterday at a local arboretum that is just down the road from where I live. I spend most of my afternoons walking around the grounds there and enjoying the diversity of plants and animals. Yesterday I had this surreal encounter with an especially vocal coyote. He was very aware of my presence but didn't seem to mind me being in such close proximity to him. I'm talking about 30 to 40 feet and closer at times. In all I shot 4 videos similar to the one I posted on YouTube and took over 60 still pictures in the 30 plus minutes that I enjoyed his company. Be sure to turn your speakers up when you watch the video!

Here's one of the many pictures I took...

Comment by Tobias Gibson on May 26, 2017 at 21:41
I live in Chicago right next to the only wetlands within the city limits. There are only three known species of snakes in the area. 1) the Chicago Garter, 2) the EasternGarter, and 3) the Massasauga Rattle Snake.

The first two are non poisonous, the third extremely rare and is is under federal protection. I actively look for snakes and every other kind of critter when I'm in the wetlands. That's why I'm there. If I came across a massasauga I'm pretty sure I'd try to get a picture of it and report it to the DNR so they could record its location.

In my life time I've caught at least a dozen snakes including one cottonmouth ( that's another story). That said, I'd say unless you know what you're doing give any snake you see a very wide berth. They are faster than you think.
Comment by Charles Sample on May 26, 2017 at 19:20

Snakes are one reason why I am always armed when out and about in forest and field.  I carry a .22 revolver in a holster on my left hip and a .38 snub in my right front pocket.  I don't kill every snake I see.  Last Saturday when I was out at my hunting area I saw a black snake.  I left it alone.  My advice is, don't kill black snakes.  They kill a lot of rodents and sometimes other snakes including copperheads.  They are nonvenomous although if one bites you it could become infected because of the bacterial in their mouths.

 
 
 
 

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