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Old 05-14-2018, 04:59 PM
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bim & trach, now I know what you call that, but I still don't know what it is. It's something from the universe. Reaching out? Please tell the non-physicist, preferably magical explanation....
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:39 PM
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C2, I'm in your boat. Not a clue how the polar jets escape the black hole. The Universe is boggling.
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:08 PM
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It defies physics. A black hole, a star so dense not even light can escape it's gravity, can have polar jets of energy that radiate from it.

Boggling for sure.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:47 AM
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I want these:

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Old 05-15-2018, 10:37 AM
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They are cute!

Unfortunately, I have the black thumb.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:25 AM
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The plant in the foreground? I know that! Memory, return to me ...
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:29 AM
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Eggplant?





ba-dum cch
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:35 AM
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Step 1: Eat soft-boiled eggs...carefully.

Isn't that irish or scottish moss?
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:47 PM
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I just spent almost an hour of my life on this.

How about a kind of liverwort?
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Old 05-15-2018, 01:47 PM
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I think it's just moss.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:19 PM
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I thought it was a sprout of some sort.

I spent my hour walking down to the beach. So beautiful.

I did pick up a weird cone-like thing that I'll probably spend an hour trying to identify.

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Is it a seashell?
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:31 PM
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So, it was under a Sitka Spruce and I think it's a pollen cone...I've never seen one before!



http://blogs.ubc.ca/conifersubc/file.../DSCN28041.jpg

http://blogs.ubc.ca/conifersubc/?page_id=26
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I think the one with sporocytes *is* a moss:

In the majority of liverworts and mosses the mature sporophyte consists of a single spore capsule held atop a stem which, depending on species, may be fairly short to quite long. ....If the stalk supporting the capsule is opaque and coloured green, brown or red the bryophyte in question is a moss. In mature sporophytes the capsules may be orientated in various ways, depending on species....
https://www.anbg.gov.au/bryophyte/br...ups-which.html


bim, that thing looks more like a dried-out sea urchin to me, but you're the one holding it. What does it smell like?
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Can anyone guess what this is?
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:38 AM
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LOL, C2. We don't have sea urchins in the frigid north Pacific...I'm a scuba diver and I've only ever seen them in warm water.

This thing was 200 feet above sea level in the forest and it was definitely a plant/cone. You probably can't really blow up that image, but I can on my phone - it is two ended and detached from a plant. I didn't sniff it and I left it where it was. Those spines looked like pine needles up close.
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^^^ You *didn't* sniff it???
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:43 AM
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Did not.

I find weird stuff everywhere...this is just yesterday's sample.
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Hi SoberLeigh!!

Whatever it is, it's beautiful. Thank you & I'll be working on your puzzler while I'm supposed to be working today
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I was just about to say that, Leigh!

I have no clue what it is, but it’s exquisite!
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