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Name: Thijs van Soest
Tempe, AZ (Zone 9b)
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mcvansoest
Mar 17, 2020 12:02 AM CST
I figure a lot of people are dealing with strange out of the ordinary circumstances, and while there has been space on other threads to discuss what has been going on, I figure it might be fun to have a thread where we post pictures of plants, pets, or anything else that catches our fancy and may provide some diversion of some of the stuff that is going on all around us.

For me it was the first day where we have been told to work from home and self-isolate as much as possible, and while I got some work done, I also spent a lot of time talking to co-workers and students and post-docs in my research group about the situation and what is going on. So some non-work, non-COVID related stuff is certainly welcome.

So to start here a couple of pictures:

Since I am starting this in the Cactus and Succulents forum, I will start with a cactus. This is Echinocactus platyacanthus showing full on winter stress colors and some nice patterning around the top where ribs are splitting to form more ribs:


This is our dog Blink (a white german shepherd - lab mix) who only has one trick when there is food in the kitchen: sit pretty, but he does that very well:
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I will try and add a few photos to this thread every day for the foreseeable future, please add whatever you can/want!

Stay healthy and safe!
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Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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skopjecollection
Mar 17, 2020 12:42 AM CST
You should add that to the DB mcvansoest...
I like the plant in general, but i absolutely love the ones in with the red patterns on them..(something my former plant will never be able to do)...
Name: Eric
Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Hallow
Mar 17, 2020 4:50 AM CST
Wonderful thread idea! Besides plants another hobby of mine are aquarium's. I have a pair of angelfish that recently "paired up" they been cleaning a few spots for a nest.
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Never had paired up angelfish before. There's Bonnie and Clyde. Hahaha.
Name: Rose
Colorado (Zone 5b)
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romalu
Mar 17, 2020 7:21 AM CST
My big diversion and excitement at the moment is my little black Lobivia arachnacantha. It has just started to develop a bud, which will be the very first flower I've gotten from any of my desert cacti! Hurray! Big Grin Hurray!
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My tiny Gymnocalycium has a bud in progress too. I don't really count that as 'mine' (as in, I grew it) because it had already started it when I got it a few months ago, but I'm happy nonetheless! It halted development after being put in my cold windowsill, but started actively growing again about a week ago.

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Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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skopjecollection
Mar 17, 2020 7:26 AM CST
romalu said:My big diversion and excitement at the moment is my little black Lobivia arachnacantha. It has just started to develop a bud, which will be the very first flower I've gotten from any of my desert cacti! Hurray! Big Grin Hurray!
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My tiny Gymnocalycium has a bud in progress too. I don't really count that as 'mine' (as in, I grew it) because it had already started it when I got it a few months ago, but I'm happy nonetheless! It halted development after being put in my cold windowsill, but started actively growing again about a week ago.

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My arachnacantha bloomed last summer

My gymnocalycium was making buds when i bought it in september..., but they were likely forced and out of season...

Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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skopjecollection
Mar 17, 2020 8:34 AM CST
Here is a diversion: my e.agavoides opened its flowers
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 17, 2020 10:18 AM CST
A wildflower called "Gravel Ghost" because it seems to be floating across the desert:
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And a Phalaenopsis called 'Fuller's Gold Stripe':
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Name: Steve
Stoke-on-Trent, UK
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ketsui73
Mar 17, 2020 1:53 PM CST
@mcvansoest
great idea for a thread!
As a health and safety manager, I have been up to my neck in Covid 19 related activity from the start.
i have to say am enjoying my daily bike commutes with less traffic around
Steve
No pics (who wants to see a MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra) Grin


Name: Steve
Stoke-on-Trent, UK
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ketsui73
Mar 17, 2020 1:57 PM CST
Hallow said:Wonderful thread idea! Besides plants another hobby of mine are aquarium's. I have a pair of angelfish that recently "paired up" they been cleaning a few spots for a nest.
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Never had paired up angelfish before. There's Bonnie and Clyde. Hahaha.


@Hallow
nice fish . Many years ago (before we got the dogs) i spent about 10 years keeping various tropical fish from loaches to rainbow fish. Ended up with a 80 gallon tank with 15 discus and about 5 other fish tanks all over the house. Amazing hobby really rewarding
Steve


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Name: Thijs van Soest
Tempe, AZ (Zone 9b)
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mcvansoest
Mar 17, 2020 2:10 PM CST
skopjecollection said:You should add that to the DB mcvansoest...
I like the plant in general, but i absolutely love the ones in with the red patterns on them..(something my former plant will never be able to do)...


I have another that is probably about 2-3 years older that still does it a little bit, but by far not as much. They tend to grow out of it.

Here is one of my Euphorbias that has really been liking the move to the new house:
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Steve as said any pictures you care to share! Let's all agree not to judge anything!

The dog is not very good at social distancing...
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Name: Steve
Stoke-on-Trent, UK
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ketsui73
Mar 17, 2020 3:09 PM CST
OK few random pics ...

Beach in wales
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My baby girl looking like a cat in a local wood
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My boy looking smug
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iceland wall art
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iceland mountains
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met this guy outside death valley
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fishing boats in cornwall
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Its green here in the UK
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OK americans where is this
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Steve
Name: Thijs van Soest
Tempe, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Arizona Enjoys or suffers hot summers Cactus and Succulents Xeriscape Adeniums Hybridizer
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mcvansoest
Mar 17, 2020 3:22 PM CST
Is that the one little corner in the UK where you can grow palms? ;)
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Mar 17, 2020 3:23 PM CST
My guess was hollywood/LA...
Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Mar 17, 2020 3:25 PM CST
Given the sunset I am probably wrong... if it is in the US it could be the Florida keys as well or Phoenix...
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Name: Steve
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ketsui73
Mar 17, 2020 3:27 PM CST
mcvansoest said:Is that the one little corner in the UK where you can grow palms? ;)


Rolling on the floor laughing yeah its my back garden
Name: Steve
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ketsui73
Mar 17, 2020 3:30 PM CST
skopjecollection said:My guess was hollywood/LA...


close but not right ...i guess these are everywhere in america right Rolling on the floor laughing here i am thinking surely they will get this ....
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 17, 2020 3:32 PM CST
Waikiki Beach at sunset. Smiling

Bet my coyote can take your coyote.
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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Webmaster: osnnv.org
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 17, 2020 3:34 PM CST
ketsui73 said:

close but not right ...i guess these are everywhere in america right Rolling on the floor laughing here i am thinking surely they will get this ....


As you were in death valley, I would think Las Vegas. I would have said Furnace Creek but, isn't that a stoplight?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
Name: Steve
Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Region: United Kingdom Deer Birds Sedums Irises Lilies
Vegetable Grower Frogs and Toads Greenhouse Region: Europe Bromeliad Garden Procrastinator
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ketsui73
Mar 17, 2020 3:40 PM CST
DaisyI said:Waikiki Beach at sunset. Smiling

Bet my coyote can take your coyote.
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what a sight..amazing ..we don't really get big wild animals here..i know you are practically tripping over them over there..here we get excited about a badger
Steve

Name: Steve
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ketsui73
Mar 17, 2020 3:42 PM CST
DaisyI said:

As you were in death valley, I would think Las Vegas. I would have said Furnace Creek but, isn't that a stoplight?


yep stoplight in frame
so what popular cali city looks like this at night....
Steve

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