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First time making onigiri!

They're not the prettiest onigiri but I guess you've gotta start somewhere. Kinda ended up going pyramidal rather than triangular haha...room for improvement.

Also: salty! Delicious but salty! Went perfectly with a cup of green tea.

A small packet of koji (豆麹用) arrived today (aka Aspergillus oryzae).

I believe I now have everything I need to attempt making tempeh for the first time; just need to setup my incubator and run it for a day or two to dial-in the temperature control.

Feeling excited.

There's an indigenous plant which grows in a patch of dune strandveld near my home. I've gotten to know it slowly over this past year.

Once pollinated (by sunbirds), the bright pink flowers develop into dehiscent folicles. I brought one home, not quite ripe, & set it on my windowsill to mature.

A few days ago, after weeks of seeming inactivity, poof: an eruption of silky hairs. Each bundle of hairs is attached to a small brown seed.

I'll plant the seeds in some sandy soil.

I've been mesmerized by this developing flower for weeks. Now the pace of change quickens; the climactic moment approaches.

Went outside to refill my jar from the water tank a few nights ago and saw a large spider on the inside of the window. Had to go back inside and persuade it to kindly exit the building.

Usually wouldn't have been a worry but I sit right on the other side of that curtain 0_0

I just made my first successful 'secret handshake' using the Sunrise Choir Rust SSB implementation and I am HYPED!

Felt the call to go for a walk on this windy summer's afternoon. I visited a nearby park, thinking that I might spot my first Laetiporus ('chicken of the woods') of the season. My intuition proved fruitful; I did indeed find the mushroom I was seeking.

Shortly thereafter I walked past an oak tree where I had previously met an owl. Sure enough, there was my feathered friend - enjoying a nap in the shade.

Fungi growing on agar media in pairwise competitive interactions.

Published in:

Crowther, T. W., Boddy, L., & Maynard, D. S. (2018). The use of artificial media in fungal ecology. Fungal Ecology.

Hyphal Fusion Network

@notplants & I have created a mycology forum to provide a friendly & inclusive space for sharing in-progress experiments & cultivation logs - species & strains under cultivation, substrate recipes, environmental conditions, harvest quantities etc. - with the idea that we can improve our craft through detailed note-taking & generous sharing.

We hope the forum will be inviting & accessible for all cultivators, regardless of skill level or expertise.

hyphalfusion.network/

Terana caerulea: a corticoid fungus commonly known as the cobalt crust fungus.

Photo credit: Martin Bemmann. Shared without modification under a CC BY 3.0 license.

Lots of Pompilidae (so-called spider wasps) around at the moment. They are very active hunters. I was stung by one earlier in the year and it was not an experience I'd rush to repeat.

Here's a photo I took in 2017. The wasp had already stung and immobilized the spider at this point and was dragging it through the undergrowth toward a nest.

Incredibly powerful, the little winged ones.

One of my cacti is beginning to flower for the first time! I'm super excited to see it develop over the coming days.

Echinopsis sp. (formerly Trichocereus).

"Fog harvesting is useful for passively collecting fresh water in arid regions, but the efficiency of current mesh‐based harvesters is compromised by their poor drainage."

For harps consist of a linear array of vertical wires which enable an unobstructed drainage pathway. Inspired by redwood needles.

"Under moderate fog conditions, the fog harp collects anywhere from 2 to 78 times more water compared to the mesh harvesters."

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/ab

Photo credit: Peter Means/Virginia Tech

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Combining fog catchers and water channels

"Fog catchers collect water from the atmosphere through condensation. Water channels store that water (along with heat from the sun) next to the fields, creating a microclimate different from surrounding atmospheric conditions. Water channels have been shown to boost crop survival by creating more moderate nighttime temperatures, reducing the impacts of drought, providing irrigation, and reducing soil erosion."

worldwildlife.org/magazine/iss

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Three-dimensional fog catchers in Chile.

Photo credit: Tomas Garay.

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Proyecto Niebla, uses 3D structures to enable the collection of fog regardless of the wind direction.

facebook.com/proyectoniebla/

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