Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weird Wednesday ~ Vampire Plant Talks to Its Victims

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It has been discovered that a parasitic plant named Strangleweed actually 'communicates' with its victims as it feeds on them. Strangleweed wraps itself around its host and punctures the plant's stem with appendages and then absorbs nutrients from the host. 
It is at this point that the Strangleweed sends ribonucleic acid into the host giving instructions to the host plant's DNA. These instructions tell the host plant how to grow, thus changing the host plant's DNA to make it weaker and to lower its defenses. These changes allowed the Strangleweed a better opportunity to feed on the host plant.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Roadtrip ~ Florissant Pioneer Cemetery



Florissant Pioneer Cemetery is located a few miles to the southeast of the town of Florissant. The town was originally a Ute Trading Post and had a post office as early as 1873. The cemetery was incorporated in 1874 and was one of the first in the Pikes Peak backcountry.



This cemetery is located on rolling terrain immediately to the east of the Florissant Fossil Beds. The oldest section of the cemetery is located on the top of a knoll immediately after entering the gate. The newer graves sites - it is still in use - are located down the hill. It is a beautiful location with tall pines and aspen as well as wildflowers.




Unfortunately, many of he headstones have been damaged and repaired (like the one above). While others are still missing pieces. The Pikes Peak Historical Society maintains the cemetery and does what it can to repair the tombstones. 




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Trail Cam Anomaly?

Over the course of the summer, on visits to our property, hubby and I would discover our bird feeders raided of food and often laying on the ground. On one occasion the wire feeder was mangled and the hummingbird feeder had a puncture hole in it.
To find the culprit, we installed a trail cam. Our first batch of photos, taken over the course of a week, provided us with lots of images of blue jays at the feeder and a lovely visitor.
[Date and Time stamp is in the bottom right corner of each pic]




But we had a couple of night photos with an odd image. A deer - we think it's the same doe because of the notched ear. But the glowing image which moves from left to right is odd. There was nothing in the tree which could reflect any light and if it was a bug, then why weren't more seen? 
What do you think? 




Sunday, August 17, 2014