Monday, August 13, 2018

Thorn bugs!

Interesting video on a very strange looking bug!!

The thorn bug is an occasional pest of ornamentals and fruit trees in southern Florida. During heavy infestations, nymphs and adults form dense clusters around the twigs, branches and even small tree trunks. Some hosts that have been severely damaged include Hibiscus sp., powder-puff (Calliandra spp.), woman's tongue tree (Albizzia lebbek), and Acacia spp. Young trees of jacaranda (Jacaranda acutifolia) and royal poinciana (Delonix regia) with a diameter of 1.5 to 2 inches have been killed by thorn bugs in the Tampa area. The trunks were so heavily infested that is was difficult to place a finger anywhere on the trunk without touching a specimen.
The thorn bug causes damage by piercing the plant tissue and sucking the sap and by making cuts in the plant for oviposition. Butcher (1953) reported that certain trees, especially some cassias, suffered considerable loss of foliage, and that pithecellobiums (Pithecellobium spp.) suffered general and extensive terminal twig death. He also mentioned that thorn bug honeydew secretions and accompanying sooty mold development caused a nuisance to home owners. Kuitert (1958) noted that heavy accumulations of honeydew sometimes occurred on parked automobiles.

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Eating the profits....

One of the girls didn't make it to the nest box in time....

Lawdy! You would think they were starving to death!

What other flock gets this kind of goody treats? 

And its all chopped into bite size pieces!

They are just spoiled beyond belief!


Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Night Steam

Let's visit a steam powered saw mill for a change of pace!  Can you imagine all the noise?

The last steam-powered sawmill in the United States, the Phillips Brothers Mill is tucked away in the conifer forests of Oak Run in central Shasta County.   The mill has operated at the current site since 1933 and is still an active business producing an array of wood products milled from trees grown on the property.
The Phillips Brothers Mill was named for four brothers who fought in World War II and returned to Oak Run to operate the family business.  To complement the mill, the brothers built the box factory and machine shop, both of which also run on steam power.  The property is also home to historic steam-powered tractors, skidders, and other equipment which add to the visual impression of being taken back in time.
The Phillips Brothers Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.  The entire 920 acres of the timbered property is protected by a conservation easement which permits the style of selective harvesting that the family has practiced on site for generations.
Access to the property is limited to occasional tours offered by the landowners or some of their many friends, including the Pacific Forest Trust, Shasta Historical Society, and Shasta Land Trust.  The Phillips Brothers Mill is located north of the Oak Run Post Office on Bullskin Ridge Road.  Take Bullskin Ridge Road east from Oak Run Road, which connects to highway 299.

Wood products offered for sale from the Phillips Brothers Mill are all produced from trees grown on the property.  The trees are selectively harvested and protected by a conservation easement which mandates a multi-aged stand of trees in perpetuity.
Beautiful wood products are offered for sale including bird houses, bird feeders, gift boxes and bat houses. Gift boxes can be emblazoned with custom graphics.
The mill produces rough-cut lumber and logs that are increasingly popular in custom home building.  Lumber (up to 40" wide), long timbers, decking, moldings, and fireplace mantels are available for purchase.
The business is truly a family business and when the eponymous brothers were aging, and without heirs, they selected nieces and nephews who could take over the business and run the mill.  The descendants of the Edmund Phillips, who first started the original saw mill in 1897 on Little Cow Creek with head plates still used today, are the current owners and operators of the Phillips Brothers Mill.


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