Apr. 12th, 2019 02:54 pm
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Africa IR_12

Like how infrared shows the structure of the forest in addition to the leaves.

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I think I'll try this again, although I might try to make half as much - it made a LOT!

Pad Thai Hamburger Hotdish

1 cup quinoa (prepared) (I used the liquid from the cans of mushrooms as part of the water.)

3 lbs 85% lean ground beef
1 large onion, diced
3 small/medium carrots (~6" long?), shredded
4 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans mushrooms
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup craisins
8 oz. bean sprouts
2-4 oz. Cabernet Savignon
1 bottle Thai Kitchen Pad Thai Sauce (next time I think I'll buy three and use at least two)

In a skillet, brown the hamburger. Transfer to a large pot with the quinoa.

Using the leftover fat from the hamburger, brown the onion, carrots & garlic. When the onions are starting to turn translucent, add the mushrooms, garbanzo beans, and craisins. Let cook until hot. Add the bean sprouts, break them up a little, and cook until warmed. Transfer to the large pot.

Use the wine to deglaze the skillet. Transfer to the large pot.

Put the large pot over medium heat, add the Pad Thai Sauce. Stir well, heat until warm throughout - it shouldn't take long.


Apr. 11th, 2019 02:51 pm
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In Africa, the leafhoppers are made of mint and chocolate.

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Apr. 10th, 2019 02:49 pm
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Africa from the Air IR_6

Regardless of continent, all rivers look similar in infrared.

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Or, how to make looking at photographs for SCIENCE (science!) sound boring and/or silly.

Over at Project Zooniverse, a bunch of projects involve looking at a series of photos, noting any creatures/plants of interest. Here are three of my recent projects and what I've found:
  • Cedar Creek: Eyes on the wild, looking at wildlife in a specific part of Minnesota: Grass, grass, ferns, grass, grass with trees in the distance, marsh plants, grass, deer, grass with trees in background, grass, marsh plants, grass, deer, grass, grass with trees, grass, vehicle, bison, ferns, marsh plants, grass, grass, deer, FIRE, grass, marsh plants.

  • Snapshot Wisconsin, looking at the creatures in the woods throughout the year in northern Wisconsin: deer, forest, forest, deer at night, two deer, forest, raccoon, squirrel, deer, forest, forest, deer, BEAR, forest at night, three deer.

  • Steller Watch, trying to track specific (i.e., marked) Steller sea lions in the Aleutian islands: sea lions on rocks, sea lions on beach and rocks, sea lions on rocky beach, sea lion in the water (beach in background), sea lions on rocks but not beach.
ETA: I think I underrepresented the "grass" entries in the Cedar Creek list.


Apr. 9th, 2019 02:28 pm
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Side effects of foraging can include dry mouth.

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African Island

Apr. 8th, 2019 02:15 pm
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Africa from the Air IR_24

Some islands are trying too hard.

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Apr. 8th, 2019 07:02 am
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Went to Albert Lea this weekend with Eric to meet a couple of his friends and visit a winery.

A woman and a man standing together smiling at the camera holding glasses of wine


Apr. 7th, 2019 02:53 pm
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I’m somewhat negative about my two trips to Africa last year. Lots of money, lots of time, and lots of effort to see some of the extremely small slices of the wild that remain out there.

Still, it was neat to see a wild colobus.

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Apr. 6th, 2019 02:12 pm
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Triceratopses didn’t go extinct, they just shrank.

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