The Thorncombe Street Diary: January dreaming

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See The American White Pelicans Do The Foraging Dance…

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The American White Pelican is a very large bird, growing to be around 55 to 70 inches with a 9 foot wing span! Pretty much unmistakeable, this bird can be found throughout parts of Canada, Mexico and most of the US.

They forage by swimming on top of the water and sticking their bill down underneath, pulling up fish in their pouch. Sometimes they will work together as a group to gather fish together for all to catch. They have been know to line up and swim towards shore, moving the fish ahead of them just to scoop them up when they get closer to shore.

Last year at a small pond I came across a group of American White Pelicans foraging for fish. After watching for a few minutes, I saw them gather together in a circle and swimming closer together making a tighter circle. They all then tipped…

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A new (not)Tokonoma

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I am eager to begin the Roarin’ 20s with a better photography setup, which should improve the blog posts. What did I do? Well…check it out.

I have used a rather primitive setup for years…effective, but annoying at times too. The setup consisted of a Costco folding 6’x3′ table, a black sheet nailed to the wall, and a clamp-on floodlight if I need more light. The folding table was crowned in the center, so trees tended to lean toward the outside. The black sheet was fine, but the wrinkles could get distracting, and the clamp-on floodlight definitely wasn’t enough.

I closely-crop my photos to show the tree:

And not the whole wall…

See why? The Costco table is 30″ tall, and I like to display and photograph the trees at a higher level. Traditional tokonoma displays place trees at knee level or lower, meant to be appreciated while reclined. I…

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Stewartia

Nebari Bonsai

I dug this tree at D&E Trees in December 2018:

I chose this one because it had a little flare at the base, some trunk wiggle all the way up, and branches which emerged from all sides of the tree.

Back in Bama…

With the roots exposed, I started to remove the furry ones high on the trunk to see what we were working with. Fortunately, it did have an area of good roots that was relatively radial, which established the new soil line.

Then, it was time to remove everything growing straight down under the base. Removing these will encourage lateral root growth, and a swelling of the base.

Then, removing the heavy roots that were long, and keeping the fine roots that were close in, the feeder roots could be contained in a pot. And, a tree is never stronger than when it is freshly dug, so this…

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