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14 minutes ago, TattooDave said:

getting closer Pete, but not close enough.

Yep I don’t know Dave. It does somehow look familiar. I’ll be patient and wait until you let us all know.

Pete 

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21 minutes ago, TattooDave said:

OK, I'll reveal it now, it's the tip of the flower stem of Agave americana, they push up a flower stem up to 9m tall.DSC05725.png.1c9bc5afb14936e4220944cba5762e25.png

I'd have never have got that in a month of Sunday’s! 

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5 minutes ago, Peter99 said:

I'd have never have got that in a month of Sunday’s! 

It's a very common plant in Spain, and has something to do with the production of tequila, though probably quite remotely.  Travel broadens the mind, but I guess there's nothing like traveling inside your own, and many people don't ever try that, shame on them.

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6 minutes ago, TattooDave said:

It's a very common plant in Spain, and has something to do with the production of tequila, though probably quite remotely.  Travel broadens the mind, but I guess there's nothing like traveling inside your own, and many people don't ever try that, shame on them.

Interesting Dave. I saw a documentary on Tequila recently - it’s named after the town Tequila. It showed them harvesting the plants - there were specialist harvesters, all done by hand. I seem to recall that the main producer is a family business - Americans, who spotted an opportunity. That could be wrong though as it was all a bit fuzzy. Absolute Vodka, Cherry flavour.

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1 minute ago, Peter99 said:

Interesting Dave. I saw a documentary on Tequila recently - it’s named after the town Tequila. It showed them harvesting the plants - there were specialist harvesters, all done by hand. I seem to recall that the main producer is a family business - Americans, who spotted an opportunity. That could be wrong though as it was all a bit fuzzy. Absolute Vodka, Cherry flavour.

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You're pretty spot on with it, and the cherry flavoured Absolute.  I currently have eight label stickers from litre bottles of Absolut on the fridge, I keep a score as to how many I drink in a year, there's been a couple of litres of Tanqueray too, and facts and figures can come hazy, even to a genius.

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4 hours ago, TattooDave said:

It happens quite naturally Philippe, it's called inosculation, trees will grow into each other if they have branches that are close enough and rubbing together.  Honeysuckle does it a lot with anything that it climbs through, much sought after by walking stick makers. 

Thanks Dave, a cousin of mine gave me a walking stick like the ones on your picture. However it's the first time that I see such a thing with an oak. and in this case it's ONE tree, not three different. Still a mystery for me...

 

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47 minutes ago, pat bleasdale said:

Our local beach yesterday.

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Those Anthony Gormley  statues are great. Everytime I got to formby to see the Red Squirrels I mean to go to Crosby to see these statues and never get there. . .One day. .

Steve 

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1 hour ago, Philippe said:

 

If you search for "inosculation" and go to images you'll see that it can be from just about anything.  Multiple trunks are usually from damage early in the trees life, rarely do several seedlings survive if they germinate so close to each other, there's always a faster grower.  My father makes walking sticks.

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3 hours ago, Winsford Soul said:

Those Anthony Gormley  statues are great. Everytime I got to formby to see the Red Squirrels I mean to go to Crosby to see these statues and never get there. . .One day. .

Steve 

The best time to go is when the tide is just about to go out as many of them are totally submerged at full tide and they slowly start to appear as the tide goes out - spooky.

 

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3 hours ago, TattooDave said:

If you search for "inosculation" and go to images you'll see that it can be from just about anything.  Multiple trunks are usually from damage early in the trees life, rarely do several seedlings survive if they germinate so close to each other, there's always a faster grower.  My father makes walking sticks.

Wow, we learn something new every day. I didn't even know this word "inosculation". Thanks Dave !

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2 minutes ago, Philippe said:

Wow, we learn something new every day. I didn't even know this word "inosculation". Thanks Dave !

It's not one you trip over everyday, there's a plethora of them if you investigate.

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Johnny. I love the colour of the rape seed . The yellow is so vibrant when it's growing this time of the year. Pity that it's not the most insect friendly crop we grow here in the UK which is one of the contributing factors to the decline of so many of our farmland bird's.

Steve

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2 hours ago, Winsford Soul said:

Roe Deer. Last years fawn. Its mother is heavily pregnant with this years baby and is due anytime now and was barely visible in the bushes . Couldn't get the two deer in the picture

Steve

 

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Had a beautiful stag walk right towards me last weekend, alas no camera/phone on me , which I ‘always’ have with me , doh. Great pic , you must have been stealth like!

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1 hour ago, Colnago said:

Had a beautiful stag walk right towards me last weekend, alas no camera/phone on me , which I ‘always’ have with me , doh. Great pic , you must have been stealth like!

Thanks Col. It was about 60 yards away from me on a island.  Where they know that they're safe so stealth  mode isn't really needed.  . I went looking to see if the fawns had been born but after seeing one of the pregnant Doe . It answered my question . 

Steve 

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3 hours ago, Winsford Soul said:

Carrion Crow with fledgling Blackbird that it had predated. Nature is tough

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Once saw one grab a starling by its wing and swing it round and literally battered it to death on the roof tiles of the house we were working on , then it ate it, feathers an all ! . Hate the buggers, I see them looking for small birds ,nests , reducing the population of the blackbirds etc , I suppose this is to be expected since all birds became protected. Great pic by the way👍

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3 hours ago, Winsford Soul said:

Brown Rat. One of the most hated animals on the planet

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I think they’re actually very nice. Wouldn’t  want them in the house though. I had one living in a huge pile of rubble outside my back door once. It was in the winter and I became aware of it after hearing strange noises at the back door at night for about a week. I finally noticed that something had chewed a huge hole through the wooden weather board at the bottom of the back door. In the spring we filled two skips with the rubble - after nearly a mornings work, down to the last couple of barrow fulls, Mr Rat jumped off my mates shovel and scampered off. He was the size of a rabbit! 

Pete 

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