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Flies just being flies

Flies just being flies

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Tayberry Foliage

Tayberries are a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry. Ours do quite well, producing a large fruit but have a problem of becoming very soft and hard to pick when ripe.  This problem has prevented them from becoming a viable commercial crop. Great for the home garden though, not much care, disease resistant and a tasty aromatic berry.

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Bark

This is just a tiny section of bark on the 750+ year old Douglas Fir that is just behind our house. The textures and depth is wonderful to see and feel. At the base the bark is probably more than 8 inches (20.32 cm) thick and has protected the tree from small fires, most likely caused by lightning strikes.

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Banana Slug

To be more specific this is a Pacific Banana Slug (Ariolimax columbianus), one of three air-breathing land Banana Slugs. While they don’t have a large fan base they do provide a useful service (when not eating your garden) of cleaning up dead vegetation and turning it into compost.

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Stretched out they can sometimes be nearly 10 inches (25.4 cm) long so they aren’t hard to miss. Snakes will eat them occasionally but it isn’t a pretty sight!

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