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I have another video that tells the story about the mine but basically it all happened around 140 years ago just before the advent of dynamite.
People who lived nearby (not many at all) complained the 140’ long mine or maybe more accurately tunnel, was draining the land of water and it was forces to close!
Just went to Samut Songkhram, Central Thailand. Here’s native Hydrocharis dubia (syn. Limnobium dubium), Lemna sp. and Azolla sp. in the plantation canal. And Pontederia hastata in the river. @dw1305 is probably a fan of the floaters!


Hi all,
@dw1305 is probably a fan of the floaters!
Definitely <"Duckweed Envy">.

Looking at the Duckweed (Lemna spp., it maybe L. minor), in the third image, it looks like they may have been a bit heavy handed with the fertiliser.

The second photo (the one with the Azolla) looks like it might be <"Landoltia (Spirodela) punctata">.

cheers Darrel
Grouse hunting on the state forest.

These are a few cell phone pics from an overnight camping & hunting trip a couple of weekends ago. This is a large (27,500 hectares) forest administration area and there are lots of corners to explore with wildlife everywhere.

I'm not a very serious hunter, but I did manage one Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus). I had never seen Rabbits in here before, but I observed this one along with another in the campground and a couple more along roadsides. So it must have been a good year for them. Any Rabbit here must stay on high alert at all times because almost every possible native wild predator is present including Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), Coyote (Canis latrans), Gray Wolf (Canis lupus), Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Fisher (Pekania pennanti), Bobcat (Lynx rufus) and various predatory Birds (Accipitriformes, Corvidae, Strigiformes).

With about 15 miles of hiking I flushed a few Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus), but with so much foliage still on the trees visibility was poor and I did not get any shots.

Other highlights included a large Black Bear and huge bull Wapiti (Cervus canadensis), both seen from the car. I was too slow with the phone to get pictures of these before they slipped into the forest.

It's always a privilege to get out here in the forest with the trees and the open space and the fresh air. Time goes by so quickly, but I hope I will get a couple more chances this fall.










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