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Bushcraft/Bugging Out/Camping/Backpacking

Started by Jeremy B. Buchanan. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 21. 77 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

Outdoor Gardening

Started by Sue OldsWidow. Last reply by Sue OldsWidow May 23. 151 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

When are they ready for that first knife

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Charles Sample Jan 14. 9 Replies

I read a great article the other day and wanted to share it.  With so many countries putting more and more limitations of knives, it is more important than ever that we teach our children, it is a…Continue

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Strange (to me) mushroom

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 8, 2017. 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


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Comment by Tobias Gibson on August 16, 2017 at 7:06
While I'm sure the solar eclipse will be fascinating (there was a partial one in Florida many years ago when I was a kid) I'll be staying home. I've had so many "events of a life time" in my life that they have become somewhat underwhelming. On the bright side, my daughter lives in Charleston and that is pretty much ground-zero for the event. I hope she and the other eclipse fans enjoy the heck out of it!

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


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.

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