Day after tomorrow is the summer solstice. Then daylength shrinks a little each day until December 21, you know the drill. The Seasons, is what they call it. Blah blah blah. We know a lot these days, don’t we? Can Science figure out why I like this photo of my dinner?
This picture could be on “I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?” right??
So there is something going on with ants in the Helianthus Tuberosus bed (bed 17 if you are counting). First of all, check out how HUGE these plants are already. No wonder that Johnny’s Selected Seeds calls this variety “Stampede”!!
Anyway, there are lots of ants in this miniature forest. Pick a random stalk and you could count 5 ants on it. Sometimes the ants are clustered, and I think that they are doing some kind of organized activity with another insect species. I need to get a macro lens for this little Canon digital camera to get better pictures.
This is pretty fascinating if you asked me. Check out Harlan’s Big Bugtography page on ants tending leafhoppers. This guy Harlan has the right lens for the job. I’m going to keep my eye on this action.
The excavation is done. An expanse has opened around the garage site. They really did a very nice job. Spread some loam, some crushed rock, and some hardpack. The crushed rock is the gray patch right behind the exposed concrete wall. It will be covered by a shed roof extending off the back of the garage. The big trick was to get the drainage swale in the front of the garage, where the two big doors will be. It’s hard to see in the picture below, but the grade drops as it gets closer to the camera.
OK, I don’t really have time to learn how to fly a helicopter. I couldn’t even make time to play with the Caterpillar 315BL. My car (’96 Camry 108,000 miles) is going to enjoy parking every which way on the new lot. Kind of like spreading out on a king-sized bed … which we’ve never had, but really deserve!