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Blue Heron, Great Falls Park, Maryland

As I’ve said before, I love blue heron as a new birder & photographer! They are big. They are beautiful. They don’t usually move very fast. They are a dream for practicing bird photography with! In fact, earlier the same morning this photo was taken, I got what I thought would be fantastic shots. I was sure I would be sharing them with you. But the light was so dim that my flash opened. If I thought the flash would ruin the pics, I would have taken the time to turn it off. But I thought well, maybe it will brighten up the photos because it is pretty dark. Sadly, when I opened the photos on my computer the next day, poor Mr. Heron had bright red eyes and looked quite devilish! Uggggg.

Great Blue Heron, Great Falls, Maryland

Fortunately I didn’t pass this…

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Does Burying a Pot in Compost Create Patina?

Michael Hagedorn

When he was an apprentice here Andrew Robson puzzled over guidance we hear frequently: ‘Bury a new ceramic pot in compost and in a few months you’ll see patina on it’. Well, he took a new, unused pot and buried it in compost for fully two years. He watered it every day (true story). We just took it out, carefully washed it down, and here’s our results:

The difference is…drumroll…negligible. Or less. We actually could not identify any patina buildup whatsoever.

And here’s our pre- and post- photos of Andrew’s experiment:

Andrew took this pre-experiment photo of a new Roy Minarai pot, fresh from the kiln, before burying it in compost for exactly two years.

And this is after two years buried in nursery-bought compost. Granted, the lighting is a bit different making everything look yellower, but that’s deceptive. It’s just the bad lighting here with a warm bulb. The pot…

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