Looking Back

By: ycd0108 , 12:01 AM GMT on July 04, 2013

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Some time ago I posted "Due South" photos of this Hole in the Log.
This is an evening shot of the same hole with the daisies in flower taken from the south side looking north.
Next up is a photo of a flowering plant I found where we were picking up windfall wood for the small heater in the cabin.
I found something similar on a Google search some years ago.
If anyone has any idea what this plant happens to be I'd be grateful for any such information.

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Strange flower
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32. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:14 AM GMT on July 15, 2013
ycd0108 has created a new entry.
31. Ylee
3:24 AM GMT on July 14, 2013
Happy birthday, ycd! Hope it has been a good one!
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30. calpoppy
5:02 PM GMT on July 13, 2013
Enjoy your birthday!!!! You live in such a beautiful place it would be hard to not enjoy your day :-)
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29. RobDaHood
4:24 PM GMT on July 13, 2013
Happy Birthday YCD!
Hope that this year brings you clear, 'unobstructed vistas'!
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28. ycd0108
1:55 AM GMT on July 12, 2013
CBC has some good practical advice here:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/st ory/2013/07/11/bc-how-to-make-a-paper-airplane.htm l
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27. Bogon
4:31 PM GMT on July 11, 2013
Ycd, you read me correctly. 'Figuratively' and 'school of hard knocks' is what I meant.
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26. ycd0108
2:50 PM GMT on July 10, 2013
Good morning Shoreacres:
I certainly hope that I will see some further improvement with time.
The "second sight" phenomenon is interesting but I have not experienced that.
The video you linked makes me wonder if the cow just blundered out there or maybe it enjoys the unobstructed vista.
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25. ycd0108
3:27 AM GMT on July 10, 2013
Bogon:
Taking the "bashed around a bit" idea figuratively I can agree. Everything provided on a silver platter in a comfortable environment does not produce decent listeners - especially if the subject wears ear buds most of the time.
Gentle plucking and crushing of ear buds might work.
I don't know about you but I have reached an age where any bashing I'm tempted to engage in would most likely result in arthritis in the bashing limb and who knows what damage from possible retaliation.
Some folks who have graduated from Kindergarten in the "School of Hard Knocks" will actually seek out the advice of an old f--- (read fellow) like me.
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24. shoreacres
12:14 AM GMT on July 10, 2013
My mom had cataracts removed from both of her eyes. That was years ago, of course - as I recall, it was a week or so before she really began to notice a significant difference. Today, I think results come more quickly. I hope the surgery improves things for you - very quickly!

I'm doubly interested because I've got them in both eyes myself, but I'm not nearly ready for the surgery. Actually, I'm seeing a bit better than I have been. My eye doctor tells me I'm experiencing what they call "second sight". As the cataract gets worse, vision actually can improve as the light gets focused differently. Who knew?

And now for your holiday weekend update from Galveston Island: the rescue of a cow from a sandbar. ;)
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23. Bogon
11:55 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
"Waiting to talk."

I guess that pretty much sums up why old folks get frustrated when they try to confer hard-earned wisdom on younger folks. You can't learn what you're not equipped to hear.

Somehow it seems that ears often work better after they've been bashed around a bit.
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22. ycd0108
11:49 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
Hey Ylee:
I drive anyway but "No Les Digas Nadia" OK?
I just punched out the left lens of the regular glasses works for me.
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21. Ylee
11:39 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
Glad the operation was a success; "legal to drive" is the first step to independence, IMO!

"Waiting to talk" sounds like my grandma's old party telephone line... :' )
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20. ycd0108
10:49 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
First day with the new lens:
No "Eureka!" yet.
Could be that I was hoping for too much.
The reality is that what I see is somewhat improved. The cataracts in that eye are gone now.
The Eye Doc mentioned the recent heroics applied to that eyeball after the retina detached and predicted that it would improve to the point of legal driving.
That makes perfect sense to me and I simply need to recall the black and red veil that was obscuring that eye's image to appreciate what the Docs have done.
Ylee:
I'm glad you enjoyed the article about Konrad Kellen.
The parts you quote sum up my thoughts and observations over the years. I imagine myself to be a "good listener" but I have noticed that my patience will be sorely tried once I sense that the other folks involved in a discussion do not really listen.
They tend to practice what is defined as: "The opposite of Talking"
That definition goes something like this:
"Waiting to Talk."
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19. Ylee
3:35 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
From the article: "Listening is hard because the more you listen, the more unsettling the world becomes. It's a lot easier just to place your hands over your ears and not listen at all."

Also: " But that's the great irony of being a great listener. The better listener you are, the less people want to listen to you."

A very good read. Thanks, ycd! Good luck on the procedure!
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18. ycd0108
2:39 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23037957
Good morning:
If this link is the one I wanted it explains in part some behaviour of people I meet.
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17. ycd0108
5:04 AM GMT on July 09, 2013
Bogon:
I really had nothing to lose in the left eye. Most of the time I simply closed it and used the cloudy but somewhat dependable right eye image.
I never imagined I'd be experiencing this - or when I did imagine anything like this I would change the topic.
Here I am though and plan to report the best news tomorrow.
Wouldn't be surprised the experience with injected bubbles, Laser, scleral buckle and vitrectomy have softened me up a bit.
See you then.
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16. Bogon
3:32 AM GMT on July 09, 2013
Well, it sounds as if you survived. That's step one.

I didn't want to talk about this before, but I have one friend who had to go home and heal, then revisit the surgeon for a do over. Apparently he glanced askance at just the wrong moment, when the surgeon asked him to hold still.
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15. ycd0108
11:56 PM GMT on July 08, 2013
Bogon:
Many friends up here have had cataracts fixed and all have been positive or downright evangelical about the process. About 3 years ago the optometrist told me she could not give me a new prescription for glasses because I needed the surgery first. The surgeon I was assigned to told me that: "yes, you will need surgery, but not yet." I got some "as is, where is" cheap glasses and hated them for a couple of years till I lost them. Since then I found a stored pair of "photo-grey" faded to yellow glasses at least three incarnations old and use them for driving as my driver's licence is restricted.
Can't see much of anything but I'm legal to drive.
I'll be able to tell you if it was worth it tomorrow morning. Feeling hopeful just now
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14. Bogon
7:00 PM GMT on July 08, 2013
My wife and both parents underwent that surgery with no problems. All exclaimed about how they had been blind, but now they could see the light.

In my wife's case (who had the operation more recently), it was an outpatient procedure. She had to go twice, because the doctor would do only one eye at a time.

I've been diagnosed with cataracts, too. Mine are a different kind from Wife's, which is why she already had the procedure, while I'm still running around with original equipment. Hers darkened her vision to the point she had no night vision. Mine just worsen the glare. I'm not sure whether I should feel fortunate. So far I haven't had to confront the risks, discomfort and expense of a medical procedure, but it looks like I'll have to live with impaired vision for a while longer, until the doctor determines that I'm a candidate for the fix.

Anyhow, good luck, ycd. Here's wishing you a brighter outlook on the morrow.
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13. ycd0108
1:45 PM GMT on July 08, 2013
Good morning Ylee:
Yes, I had read the entry and just now re read it.
I have experienced some sort of Deja Vu a few times - the most noticeable while paddling a canoe on a lake up in the interior of B.C.
Monbiot's contention that both native "rewild" individuals and rewilded European stock will choose the native lifestyle is also interesting.
For me today is not the day to return to a simpler life though:
I am fasting in preparation for Cataract surgery at 1045 hours and I hope our modern convenient society can provide me with an usable left eye.
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12. Ylee
8:10 AM GMT on July 08, 2013
ycd, have you read the latest Monbiot? A pretty good read, and in it, a plug for his latest book!
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11. ycd0108
9:05 PM GMT on July 07, 2013
Hi calpoppy:
The Stream Orchid blossom looks like Gandalf after a Face Painting session.
The Coralroot is referred to as 'symbiotic' which to me implies it makes some kind of arrangement with the plants around it and has no chlorophyll nor leaves.
Whether or not it is a "terestrial" Orchid I don't know but the plants I have seen are rooted in the forest floor.
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10. calpoppy
6:15 PM GMT on July 07, 2013
In the SoCal mountains we have the Stream Orchid. It looks more like an orchid then the coral root does.



It is a terrestrial Orchid.
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9. ycd0108
1:14 PM GMT on July 07, 2013
Ylee:
We did spend a night at the cabin and that's where the photos above came from.
I found this reference on Wiki:
"Several Native American groups historically used the orchid's stems dried and brewed as a tea for such maladies as colds, pneumonia, and skin irritation."
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8. Ylee
7:47 PM GMT on July 06, 2013
Hi, ycd! Are you out camping this weekend?

Wonder if anybody has tried to make tea out of the coral root?
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7. ycd0108
3:10 PM GMT on July 04, 2013
Fourth of July best wishes!
Shoreacres:
montucky has a picture of the Coral-root in flower on his latest entry.

On Going Unnoticed by Robert Frost
As vain to raise a voice as a sigh
In the tumult of free leaves on high.
What are you in the shadow of trees
Engaged up there with the light and breeze?

Less than the coral-root you know
That is content with the daylight low,
And has no leaves at all of its own;
Whose spotted flowers hang meanly down.

You grasp the bark by a rugged pleat,
And look up small from the forest's feet.
The only leaf it drops goes wide,
Your name not written on either side.

You linger your little hour and are gone,
And still the wood sweep leafily on,
Not even missing the coral-root flower
You took as a trophy of the hour.

Dandy avatar you now use.
Life is short for the coral-root, cactus flower and ourselves.
An Azuleho could last quite some time.
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6. shoreacres
1:59 PM GMT on July 04, 2013
A good resource for you might be this blog. Many if not most of your wildflowers would be in montucky's area, too. He has a search box in his sidebar (scroll a bit). You might surface it with something as simple as "pink tall".

It has amazed me, reading his blog, that there are so many orchids in the wild up there. I've always thought of them as tropical, but not so.
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5. ycd0108
1:33 PM GMT on July 04, 2013
Good morning Ylee:
Now that you mention it I can see the Flamingos.
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4. Ylee
8:15 AM GMT on July 04, 2013
If I named plants for a living, I'd call it a Flamingo plant! That's a neat plant! Wonder if anyone sells it commercially?
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3. ycd0108
4:50 AM GMT on July 04, 2013
That's about as close as it comes SSSam.
I find it hard to see this plant as an Orchid though.
Notwithstanding that I can't see much of anything very clearly these days literally.
Doc is gonna put some new lens in there on Monday.
See you then?
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2. SalishSeaSam
4:32 AM GMT on July 04, 2013
Maybe that is a striped coral root, but will take a closer look on the bigger screen tomorrow.
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1. ycd0108
1:54 AM GMT on July 04, 2013
BBC just noticed?:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-231 54073
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