Mays Challenge

Discussion in 'Survival and Wilderness Skills' started by Strigidae, May 1, 2018.

  1. Stone

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    So I know that the May Challenge is over -- congrats again to @Klynesquatch -- but I shot these images today (May 31), so they won't be any good for a June Challenge. :rolleyes:

    .. so I thought I'd post them here, anyway, for a little desert for a fun thread. :)

    Location: get to Bangor Maine, then go about 1 hour NW to the township of Garland. (Largest town in Garland -- Garland Center -- is a general store that contains the gas station and PO, plus a dozen houses.)

    Drive out to Bran's Mill Pond to my friend's house on the pond.

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    Part of the pond from the porch of my friend's house.

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    They call these "ponds", but it's a large lake, an impoundment created when they dammed a good size creek to power a mill (1800's). It flooded a bunch of land, but left a LOT of islands (former hill tops).

    Here's the long pitch going east in the canoe. By the way: high 80's F, stiff wind that increased as the afternoon passed due to a high pressure system parked just south of Nova Scotia (which is about two hours east of here).

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    A cove.

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    A pond lily bud in the cove.

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    The view from Etta Island.

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    Lichens on Etta.

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  2. Klynesquatch

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    I hope at some point in my life I have the opportunity to make it to Maine. Beautiful pictures @Stone
     
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    Colorado, 9000’ to the east of Yale and Antero mountains.

    Probably not exactly desert, but barren and super dry.
     
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    It looks like mullein, but considering the environment I put my SWAG as yucca. It looks like the ornamental yucca we have here.
     
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    If that's a yucca, it's a mutant. Fruits are way too little.

    And yuccas have leaves -- long sharp ones around the base of the flower stalk.

    Did my doctoral research on yucca, so know a thing or two about them.

    But then, ornamentals are mutants, so ... who knows?

    01-Sev - Yucca.jpg
     
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    @SEMO I am pretty sure that's mullein.
     
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    Thanks @Hammer @Stone @anrkst6973 @Charlie Delta
    I only saw the plant in it’s dried state, as I harvested and pictured it.
    I found some pics of dried mullein in the net, and that seems to be what I have here.
    Thanks all.
     
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    It's mullein (100% sure) Good for hand drill (or bow if you find a big enough stalk). The green leaves are also known to have medicinal properties.
     
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    I just read some info in the plant, and it seems to be a great source for many needs. All I brought back was the stalk, but will keep my eye out for this plant in the future.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
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    Second year dead mullein gathered last year on the Mogollon Rim area. IMG_3642.JPG
     
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    No prob! It's a great plant for sure!
     
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    Mystery solved. I knew I'd seen it before, but couldn't remember mullein.

    And Mogollon Rim. Ah, memories of the Gila "Wilderness", where Leopold roamed and saw green fire in the eyes of a dying wolf. Man, I miss that area.
     
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