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Outdoors thread Bernd 12/28/2019 (Sat) 23:54:41 [Preview] No. 33559
Let's start off with a little game. Guess which countries each photo was taken in.

Bernd 12/29/2019 (Sun) 00:04:55 [Preview] No.33560 del
Okey. This better.

Bernd 12/29/2019 (Sun) 00:05:54 [Preview] No.33561 del
None of them are in Canada.
Hint: Each picture is a different country.

Bernd 12/29/2019 (Sun) 00:09:09 [Preview] No.33562 del
Oh I thought all of them from one country.

Bernd 12/29/2019 (Sun) 00:15:15 [Preview] No.33564 del
This is really hard. For the last one I would bet the middle east.
The second... those looks conifers but they are on hueg land, and not just in the north...

Bernd 12/29/2019 (Sun) 08:48:15 [Preview] No.33571 del
France, Norway, China and Poland.

The rocky mountain I think could also be Tibet, Nepal or Mongolia.

Bernd 12/29/2019 (Sun) 10:24:10 [Preview] No.33573 del
1st is Denmark (specifically south Sjaelland)
2nd is Russia
3rd is Poland (so you're right on that one)
4th is Armenia.

Bernd 12/29/2019 (Sun) 11:22:32 [Preview] No.33575 del
Well that's Middle East adjacent. I've a third of a point.

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My turn. One photo, three google streetview screenshots.

Bernd 12/29/2019 (Sun) 16:26:28 [Preview] No.33582 del
I'm liking this warm weather this week although it does not feel like typical holiday temperatures at all. Is the same happening in Yurop? It's been close to 60 degrees Fahrenheit here the past week and a half or so

Bernd 12/29/2019 (Sun) 16:29:55 [Preview] No.33583 del
I dunno bout other parts of Urp, we begin a very cold December but that turned back to mild and now we have around 0 (in celsius), normal winter. But no sno. What was that melted. Probably we're gonna have a cold streak in January, and I'll file a complaint if the February will be mild again like last year.

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Half of European Russia has no snow this month. Temperatures are +0-7, looks like typical November.

Bernd 12/30/2019 (Mon) 15:59:20 [Preview] No.33614 del
Somewhere along the Great Hungarian Plain.
Looks to me like western Norway.
Western China or Central Asia.
Somewhere in Siberia or Alaska.

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Did I just uncover Hyperborean ruins here?

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Bernd 12/30/2019 (Mon) 17:33:46 [Preview] No.33617 del
Well, I'm not sure anyone wanted to play, but:
1. Argentine pampas
2. Hungary, Lake Balaton
3. near Rubjerg Knude Fyr on the Denmark
4. USE, Lake Michigan, NE of South Bend

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I love these christmas gifs, anyone have any more?

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Okay, new one:

Bernd 12/30/2019 (Mon) 20:06:52 [Preview] No.33622 del
1. Hungary, 2. Hungary, 3. Hungary, 4. Hungary
Just kidding.
First looks like Tatra for example in Northern Hungary.
Fourth: Mongolia
Second and third, wouldn't even dare to guess. I'm pretty sure neither Hungary nor Netherlands... but that still leaves a bunch of possibilities.
Tho, the third maybe is on the Balkans. Maybe Grease. Or in Italy, Sicily.
Huh, second one could be in the Mediterranean. Spain, Portugal? So I dared to guess in the end.

Bernd 12/30/2019 (Mon) 20:09:16 [Preview] No.33623 del
First is Obersalzberg in Germany.
Second is somewhere in southern Greenland (so far from the Mediterranean)
Third is in western Georgia (Caucasus not the one in America).
Fourth is in Kyrgyzstan (so close enough to Mongolia)

Bernd 12/30/2019 (Mon) 22:20:10 [Preview] No.33625 del
Greenland. Wow. I think I speculated on that orange tint of the pic.
Yeah, that Kyrgyz landscape makes a great scenery.

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Here's a bonus one. One of the most famous images in the world was taken here.

Bernd 12/31/2019 (Tue) 02:11:48 [Preview] No.33637 del
The Windows XP background in California?

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Not a long but a pleasant walk. Except the northern wind wanted to freeze off my heda no matter of hat and hoodie and scarf and stern expression. Nothing interesting happened if not for the weird weather.
#1. This shit there ain't snow. These days we have foggy weather but with minuses so the vapor froze onto the vegetation. Now the sun is shining and the wind blew all the frozen fog off the trees and bushes as if snowing.
#2. The whole forest was white and shiny in the sun. Tried to take a good photo but didn't werk toward the sun. But something like this.
#3. Then turned around (well a couple of dozen meters further), away from the sun and everything looked like this, as if there were nothing on the trees.

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Today was a first day when with real snow here, but this year it happened only few times in December and melted quickly.

It is still higher than zero, so it will melt in few days, but at least it looks like winder. Such global warming, how dare it.

I've had some personal tasks in the neighborhood (like going to bank and shop), so I decided to not touch the car and walk on foot.

(technically, it isn't real outdoors, but whatever).

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1 - the oldest building in this district (1938)
2 - the famous Russian Post with some shops. Just an example of typical landscape in districts with 70-s buildings.
3 - typical old-style school
4 - another school (or kindergarten, can't remember)

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And last.

Some government-licensed street art on small maintenance building (it is transformer substation or such).

Looks like it is themed in Pushkin's "Tale of Tsar Saltan" style (at least woman with kid in barrel is from there).

Bernd 01/11/2020 (Sat) 21:47:55 [Preview] No.33979 del
Well, it's out of your door...
>1st pic
Is that ancient Slavic castle with mammoths and spaceships?

I see library is available for everyone from all social classes. Literature is important. And they serve refreshments there too...

Could be worse. But the contrast between the decoration and the building and the general commieblock and socreal buildings makes it absurd.
>woman with kid in barrel
That's Diogene with the little Diogenes.

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>Is that ancient Slavic castle with mammoths and spaceships?

It is local Kremlin. I didn't check if Putin is inside though, but didn't seen any Lenin's body around. Maybe snow covered it.

>I see library is available for everyone from all social classes. Literature is important. And they serve refreshments there too...

They serve literacy in liters, the best packaging.

Bernd 01/12/2020 (Sun) 08:29:22 [Preview] No.33989 del
Is not a coincidence.

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This week I decided one afternoon to visit a nearby village. "Nearby" in relative terms because it took me three whole hours just to walk there. Not much to see on most of the way, just the city's welcome sign, buildings becoming sparser, lampposts coming to an end and roadside farmhouses giving way to houses in the middle of the valley which disappear as the valley narrows down until there's just the asphalt with forested hills on both sides. Then a right turn and an altitude drop with the landscape widening letting me see far away into my target and beyond, but it still takes a while to get there. Upon arrival there's not much, just a church, a school, a tiny clothing store and a few homes. One of them houses my high school English teacher. She wasn't at home but I got to refill my flask there.
On the way back I got to feel the delightful summer sunset. Right at the beginning, because I set out fairly late in the afternoon. I then had to leg a couple hours in a pitch black highway. It was worse in the more remote section as the trees didn't let even the Moon and stars light the path, all I had for reference were car lights, but later I could see the city's red glare in the clouds and there was light from houses. Barking dogs were a nuisance but at least homeowners beside the highway leave their gates closed. I tried to save time by running and found the new soles I bought for my boots don't fit well and run towards the finger end when under rapid movement. The last section between the city entrance and home felt like forever. By the end my feet felt like a wreck. I had just spent six full hours walking almost nonstop, I didn't sit down even in my destination.
It was definitively worth it.

Bernd 01/19/2020 (Sun) 08:07:31 [Preview] No.34122 del
>6 hours walk
>with running here and there
>some elevation
Ehh, I can't judge your speed, but let's say 5 km/h. That's a long walk.

I like the panorama of the 3rd pic, and the sharp edges of those hills.

Bernd 01/24/2020 (Fri) 16:19:02 [Preview] No.34232 del
Tomorrow gonna have a hike, walk, outing. With company but I hope for something to take photos of and can post them too.

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I don't have many photos. In fact only these four. We were too engaged in talking about life and shit to notice interesting details in the landscape. Tho I saw a long stretching patch of pines where I should return (even tho I need a similar day hike for that).
The frost on the vegetation was nice, as always but fog limited our vision. Found some mistletoe, this one was nice round ball. Can you tell I took the photo from the south? I can't. The foggy background is just too bright.

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 02:27:55 [Preview] No.34251 del
Nice panorama despite because the mist shrouds everything.
Is all of the ice from frost alone?

Bernd 01/26/2020 (Sun) 07:34:11 [Preview] No.34255 del
Yes. We have misty weather with minuses for weeks now. Only a couple of days were with sunshine, which did some melting around, but by the the afternoon all the freed up moisture evaporated and turned into fog. Which again started froze onto the vegetation.
I saw a long flexible frost-thread hanging from a branch in the garden. Next day it was sunny weather and I saw that it was a hair of me moms caught by the branch, that gathered the frost there.

Oh. One notable things happened, we heard a bird making noises, at first I mistook it with dog barking, but as I listened it became clear it isn't ofc, I could say it had vague resemblance to crow croaking. Two such bird was around. One lifted off from the trees and flew around. It was big but cannot make out any important detail, I couldn't even see colors, in front of the white sky it look just like a dark figure.

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There are at least seven giant caterpillars on this photo.

Bernd 02/23/2020 (Sun) 00:24:25 [Preview] No.34573 del
possibly 8, not sure if I counted the same one twice

Bernd 02/23/2020 (Sun) 08:42:30 [Preview] No.34580 del
Found 5 Waldos quickly.

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Mayhaps Bernd remembers this stuff, I posted in the previous thread. Theorized some kind of fungus. It is, it's yeast, blooming on the sap of the hornbeam.
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Also made me wonder if the sap of the hornbeam is collectable, consumable.

Bernd 03/07/2020 (Sat) 19:19:43 [Preview] No.34899 del
Today I planted the radish seeds. About 50 I think. I'm excited. We have three garlics from last year growing and the bear garlic is greening nicely. Lotsa stuff to do in the garden as we're going into spring. I have a plan for the cooking thread too. I hope it will work.

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Figured I would take some pictures whilst I was at work today.

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Those stone fences always look comfy. Too bad Bri'unnia has so little woodlands.

IWO Lenzburg Castle Bernd 06/03/2020 (Wed) 18:39:21 [Preview] No.37150 del
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haven't done one of these in a while. looks like the old thread is still alive but on autosäge (>>16734). I made this trip last year and had the images laying around ever since.

1+2) me and suburban train leaving the railway station
3) surface for the cars, walkers have to go underground
4) getting to the old town

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Lenzburg is in the outer suburbs of Zurich. It has a small historical center and a castle.

5) old gate was turned into flats

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German language differentiate between historical castles and call them "Burg" and chateau style buildings like Versaille and call them Schloss (or Schloß in Germany and Austria because they use ß instead of SS)

9) town hall
10) a Swiss fountain needs a little statue in the middle
11) regional police and court building in early Bauhaus style
12) castle in the back

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as with every castle around here it once belonged to the Habsburg. They've got this one for free because the line of the original owners died out.

13) kot 1
14) former phone booth turned into art

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walking to the castle

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21) future kebab
24) stone age grave was found here

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impressions of the castle outside from the entrance

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29) looks stable

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33+34) if you want to read the English text I can upload a higher res picture
36) bridge is lowered, so lets storm the castle

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38) elevator system that runs on humans
40) finally inside, just cost me 14 mountain gold units. that includes the entry to the museum. the upkeep is expensive, so I'm OK with it.

Bernd 06/03/2020 (Wed) 19:03:26 [Preview] No.37163 del
Noice, I love these.

Too bad for that gate. Those flats above are ugly. I refuse to believe it couldn't have been done better.

I didn't know Swiss German doesn't use scharfes S.
>a Swiss fountain needs a little statue in the middle
At least it doesn't piss.

I concur. That's a kot. I recognize it.

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41) most of flat Switzerland is ugly suburbia

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45) you can recognize the horseshoe around the old town
47) you can see a chapel on the hill on the other side and a cloud of a nuclear power plant

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>Those flats above are ugly
could be worse, it's not the worst idea to bring back life into these dead old towns with people living there as shops can't survive against online shopping

48) more new gommieblock units

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52) dog bless
53) garch has a swimming pool

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55) it's really nice to walk out here on these hills

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garden and inside court

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64) they did bake some medieval style bread for kids on the fire earlier that day
66) baby dragon
67) the Bernese bear emblem is everywhere, the castle and region were under Bernese rule until Napoleon created new Cantons

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finally inside the building that is a museum nowadays

71) heatenings

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72) poo in the loo, a concept still too advanced for some regions in the world

Bernd 06/03/2020 (Wed) 19:18:40 [Preview] No.37174 del
Fugging Habsburgs seriously.

Or very big hamsters.

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77) behead those who are hungry
78) calendar of 1791

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82) made it to the war room, never mind that Switzerland is of neutrals

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86) why worry
87) these oligarchs could afford spices

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89) I don't remember the
90) the castle was in private hands during the 19th century exchanging the owners after one died and their kids didn't want to keep the castle. so a rich burger bought it and thus the castle became American sort of.
91) chain mail to wear for visitors, which I did and yes it's really heavy

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93-94) me wearing the chain mail, not included here :DDD

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I have to go, gonna finish staring your photos tomorrow.

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100) prison door
101) prisoners

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102) prisoner graffiti
103) prison loo

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109) conquest of the castle from the Habsburgers, colorized

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119) mediaval elevator, oh wait
120) room of the knights, you can rent it

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121) or marry there

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125) you can walk around the castle when it's closed or you don't want to pay money for the entrance

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132) himmelsleiterli = stairway to heaven with Swiss diminutive -li added at the end. Germans use it to make fun of Swiss, Swabians use the -le ending.

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133) Swabians say cow-swiss to make fun of us and we say pig-swabians to make fun of them. yes, that implies that the other side fugs these animals.

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140) chilling kot

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141) kot escaping
142) walking through new settlement

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mixture of architectural styles

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150) bee hotel
152) back at the railway station

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154) private museum that had an exhibition about fake news
155) Pinocchio is a good boy
156) new gommieblocks where they used to make canned food

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158) kill me
159) the end visiting new buildings while waiting for the train

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extra extra image of hispachan meme with Corona made it to Switzerland

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Having two gates is an interesting solution.

I really hope they build a McDee there at least.

>most of flat Switzerland is ugly suburbia
To be honest half of those buildings could be in Eastern Europe.

Must had been a quaint little town.

Those bears are really in need of a facelift.

Bernd 06/06/2020 (Sat) 08:27:43 [Preview] No.37275 del
What's "E"?
About what size that bed was?

And there's the horseshoe layout of the town.

That's MackieDee idea isn't too far fetched then.
Yes, they are heavy.

I liek that tree.

And how was that plate?

That well is just asking for a Habsburg stuffed down in it.
>mediaval elevato
It's clearly 12th century.

Nice Rittersaal. Too bad for that low ceiling, makes it feel a little cramped.

>or you don't want to pay money for the entrance
Alternatively bring a ladder or a grappling hook.

Nice view. Next time bring a drone for aerial shots.

Bernd 06/06/2020 (Sat) 19:42:01 [Preview] No.37292 del
What is that thing there?

Many kots are just wandering? Sometimes they do it here. I saw a cat hunting in the bushes at the edge of the woods. But happens dogs are having a stroll alone. Or in groups.

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Some random photos from few last weekend trips to dacha.

I've reanimated old bicycle with help of WD-40 and sometimes drive for some time when I'm tired of mowing grass or doing some unnecessary work.

3 - some house got fire few weeks ago. Locals say that owner tried to lit furnace first time from winter, steel chimney overheated and fire started. It was pretty expensive house, and looks like it must be razed completely now. At least fire didn't spread to houses nearby.
4 - an old ZIL that stays there forever.

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2 - an unexpected guest. I like cats, but there is a chance that cat will get into house when I away through open doors, and I'll lock him for week when I'll drive home.
3 - a bee
4 - pretty large bumblebee

Bernd 06/08/2020 (Mon) 05:36:51 [Preview] No.37486 del
>reanimated old bicycle
Is it a "mountain bike" type of "dacha-bike" (with wide seat and pedal break)?
>mowing grass or doing some unnecessary work.
Oh dog I'm doing this every day for months now. Some weeds started to grow which I really don't want among my lawn, but I only can exterminate them by pulling them out one by one. But as the grass grows around I don't want to thread on them and make it harder to cut. So I mow a little up to some weeds, then spend some time crouching and pulling those fuckers out, then mow a little further then crouching again. When I started my lower back wanted to kill me for a while.

Yeah, cats are good when prowling around, they keep away some pests, mice and rats.
>3rd nice photo

Your well doing well?

Bernd 06/08/2020 (Mon) 15:06:19 [Preview] No.37532 del
Weather has been pretty cold this time of year. It is around 10-15c during daytime.

Bernd 06/08/2020 (Mon) 16:33:40 [Preview] No.37546 del
RIP house
I seeded some flowers, but tfw no bumblebee friend
it's supposed to be some kind of fountain with moss and/or algae growing on it
I think E was the American guy who owned the castle for a while. And please don't turn everything historically into a burger place. Are Hungarians doing it for their castles?

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>Is it a "mountain bike" type of "dacha-bike" (with wide seat and pedal break)?

Classic old-style "dacha-bike". I never rode on any two-wheeled thing that has gearbox, and maybe never will, because buying new one while you have working one isn't a good way to spend money.

There actually few bikes here, one is my old almost-Soviet "Salut", others are from some distant relatives who often visited dacha in past. Of course all bikes are old, so dacha is alternative to dump for this. Sadly, my bike is still needs repairs - tires gone flat and I couldn't pump them, looks like air valve is broken (and it has so-called Dunlop valve, not typical car-style).

So I use some newer bike, it is slightly small for me, but still ok.

>Oh dog I'm doing this every day for months now. Some weeds started to grow which I really don't want among my lawn, but I only can exterminate them by pulling them out one by one. But as the grass grows around I don't want to thread on them and make it harder to cut.

I can't start to use my small lawnmower and still use electric trimmer - grass grows too fast and after a week it is already to big for lawnmower. I'm not into gardening though, so at least don't mess with specific weed removal, just trim everything except ones that look as cultured plant. And even this is a tiresome task.

>Your well doing well?

Yes, it still well. Older planks need replacement, but they will be ok at least for year. There are plenty of other problems, like septic tank that is used for sewage fill with water in rain, and looks like some heavy digging is required to find source of leak and replacement, so well will wait.

Bernd 06/09/2020 (Tue) 00:53:48 [Preview] No.37569 del
You could use a scythe like a proper bernd

Bernd 06/09/2020 (Tue) 07:30:52 [Preview] No.37582 del
dachas must be paradise for hedgehogs, lot's of small gardens with a lot of different plants. bikes with gear boxes are western propaganda, you don't need one.

Bernd 06/09/2020 (Tue) 10:03:13 [Preview] No.37583 del

I have classic scythe, but 1) it requires skill and I'm not good 2) it is much more time consuming, and you need to remove grass after.

Hmm, there was a dedicated scythe thread, looks like it's gone.

Bernd 06/09/2020 (Tue) 12:30:35 [Preview] No.37584 del
Boo hoo, you can't remove grass?

Bernd 06/09/2020 (Tue) 14:40:02 [Preview] No.37585 del
maybe get a goat?

Bernd 06/09/2020 (Tue) 18:29:03 [Preview] No.37598 del
Yeah I enjoy it very much. Enjoyed. Today was hot, but at least the spring was spring and not summer.

I see. Is it on purpose?
No the protection of such sites from modification is quite strict.

The "Salut" looks like what we call a camping bike.


If you don't practice. You never gonna be good.
It's gone. I think I waited too long to bump it. Also I kinda tired of bumping threads to the front.

Dacha is a place used on the weekends or on holidays, a hobby garden if you will. He can't keep a goat in commieblock when he isn't at the dacha.

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And here he is, almost in same place.

I didn't expect that these animals so blind. He didn't notice me while I standing still for long time, although started to slowly walk away when I finally moved. Do their spines really so protective in wild?

Bernd 06/15/2020 (Mon) 01:05:54 [Preview] No.37830 del
I find their corpses by the asphalt all the time.

Bernd 06/15/2020 (Mon) 05:14:31 [Preview] No.37831 del
Look at that little dude there, must have found couple of tasty bits.
They are myopic as fugg, but I think they can hear fine. I dunno how resistant their spine is. Seen dog (largish mid sized, or smallish large sized) jumping on one and had no harm. Cars are too much for them.

That's sad. I also found one not far from here. Made the effort and buried it under a nice tree.

Bernd 06/18/2020 (Thu) 20:20:03 [Preview] No.37929 del
stole these pics from the local newspaper. I just saw a single rainbow outside after a heavy thunderstorm. But the LGBT community managed to put two of their symbols in the sky.

Bernd 06/18/2020 (Thu) 20:22:11 [Preview] No.37930 del
looks like I have to change the endings of the .jpg files

Bernd 06/18/2020 (Thu) 20:24:08 [Preview] No.37931 del
Someone reported End has problems with HEIC files, they get discarded without any message. Even freshest lynx engine doesn't supports them.
Not sure what to change on them.

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ok seems to work, testing the other 2 pics on the .net address

Bernd 06/18/2020 (Thu) 20:56:06 [Preview] No.37934 del
Rainbows are nice phenomenons. Too bad for disgusting hdr retouch.

Bernd 06/21/2020 (Sun) 19:58:57 [Preview] No.38004 del
These double rainbows for realz bernd?

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No hedgehogs this time, but something different.

Sorry for reflections, forgot to adjust polarization lenses, and sun was too low at evening.

Bernd 06/22/2020 (Mon) 05:27:39 [Preview] No.38017 del
GOATbros causing traffic jam on typical Russian highway.
Were was the herder?

Bernd 06/22/2020 (Mon) 18:10:06 [Preview] No.38022 del
>In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, with red on the inner side of the arc. This is caused by the light being reflected twice on the inside of the droplet before leaving it.

nice bobble head dog. you can't use dashcams in court here for privacy reasons.

Bernd 06/22/2020 (Mon) 18:22:49 [Preview] No.38023 del
>Were was the herder?

A mystery. I guess owner is pretty reckless. I've seen smaller herd there long time ago, and herder also was away, but arrived after few minutes of car-goat confrontation. At least goats are pretty smart, they aren't cows.

>nice bobble head dog.

The one and only thing that isn't "original" in car, because I mostly like simplicity. It is also a some kind of meme for me.

>you can't use dashcams in court here for privacy reasons.

That's sad. Yes, they aren't ok for privacy, it is true, but how you can prove that there is no cheating in car accident, like person jumping into stationary car or something like this? Or just an conflict situation when both sides thinking that they are right?

Maybe eSwitzini is populated by mostly honest people though (I personally think so, without joking).

Bernd 06/22/2020 (Mon) 19:09:28 [Preview] No.38025 del
Switzerland is home to many insurance companies and insurance companies for insurance companies. They know their way to evade paying. Like restaurants have an insurance in case of an epidemic happening, but insurances won't pay for the loss of revenue during the Corona lock down, because it's a pandemic, not an epidemic.

Bernd 06/23/2020 (Tue) 05:40:29 [Preview] No.38039 del
Maybe he is also local tester working for Vodka Quality Control.
>I mostly like simplicity
Man of taste I see.

Swiss swissing Swiss.

Bernd 06/23/2020 (Tue) 17:19:11 [Preview] No.38045 del
fug tourists are back. I didn't miss them. I guess ticket and hotel prices are pretty low right now. I even saw a backpacker.

Bernd 06/23/2020 (Tue) 20:26:34 [Preview] No.38049 del
Practically a hobo.

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So I took a stroll today. Well, most of it was quite rushed, but I wanted to get to a valley what I've never hiked along it's entirety before. Many of my photos are kinda blurry, and most have a green tint, resulting from the light shining through the lush vegetation. I tried to clear out this tint with GIMP, but I've no real good photos from the valley. The air was quite humid, maybe it added a little haze as well.
I thought the trail will be more clear but it was overgrown, I guess tourists rarely wander on that path. I had to battle with flies, mosquitoes, and those louse flies I talked in another thread about (Hippoboscidae). There weren't much to see down there. Along the valley the two ridges run about 200 meters higher, and two hills rise at least +150 meters above those. The banks are steep, rocky at many places. Due to the thick foliage the Sun was rarely scorching, but still was hot due to the lack of breeze.

Pics #1 and #2 - down at the bottom of the valley, where the path runs.
Pics #3 and #4 - the hillside.

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#5 - A large beech, with a bunch of Fomes fomentarius. I wonder if one could climb that with the help of those.

#6 - A stele raised by a long lost tribe of Homo Sovieticus, who worshiped their god Concretus.

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Upon one of the hills - I climbed finally - found some subjects for photos, on the ground this time. No plaguing green tint here.

#7 and #8 - These are fun guys. I've not yet identified them, and I might not bother. But look at that little dude climbing thorough that red hat in the right back.

#9 - Now this was a big guy, the stag beetle. I think it's threatened by extinction. I probed it carefully with a stick, to make sure it's alive, since was very still. But he was fine and dandy.
#10 - Scarabs were everywhere, probably getting of that good boar dung as much as they could. This fella shined particularly nice, first in very blue and then green, so I decided I take a photo of it. Well, at least something to post.

Well, that's about it I could share. From there I headed straight home and didn't give much consideration to my usual surroundings.

Bernd 07/05/2020 (Sun) 23:06:01 [Preview] No.38383 del
>thick foliage
It doesn't seem all that dense. Looks easier to walk within than through jungle.
You forgot those.

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I think that's not the vegetation on the ground but the branches and leaves on the trees. To that effect the narrow valley with the steep hillsides added some with the trees adding layers and layers the Sun had to shine through.
At ground level there weren't bushes just herbaceous plants, nettles I recognized, others I didn't. Here's a zoomed out photo of that beech, it shows the undergrowth some.
Those four images aren't really representatives, the whole valley is about 4km in length and they show a selected points which offered more view.
>You forgot those.
Hory shit, I did. Here pics #9 and #10.

Bernd 07/06/2020 (Mon) 07:59:45 [Preview] No.38393 del

Trees are mostly thin on photos, it is
"new" part of forest?


Why is it here?

>stag beetle

Yes, they are pretty rare. They also live as larva for 5 years or such, and only few months in a last bug form.

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Quite a variation was in tree sizes, the first pic here >>38386 is kinda a good representation. In picrel here however we can see only fairly young trees. I would judge that fallen oak about 30-40 not long ago I counted - tried at least - an oak's rings, over double but probably not triple the size of that on the pic, was about 90-100, I've other basis for a guess, I know soft wood tends to be thicker, maybe even double. I think some parts of the hillsides were cut in whole back then, some was thinned out since then.
I passed two hazels, which were smaller tree sized, not shrubs, they were left grow quite for a while. Also many trees were fallen over, crossing the trail. Some were cleared, cut up like on the right in pic #2 here: >>38377 From the rot of oaks, I'd estimate 4 years ago tops.
>Why is it here?
Mystery. There's something painted on it, but signs are painted on trees, from tourist trails to forestry borders I dunno what's the point to build something for that purpose. Not to mention rocks also can be used. Maybe they had to be exactly at that point, and other suitable surface might not be present.
Other mystery signposts are made of wood and they held by little mounds of soil or rocks. Close to the top is cut in a 7 figure (if you look at the post from the side it looks like that, as a triangle is cut out) and a number is painted on it. Sometimes the number doesn't make sense, seems random, all less than 100. But other places these posts are placed at every 10 m of elevation on a hillside, and the numbers follow this, from 1 to whatever. Once I searched a bit about it, but didn't put any effort into it, so no answer was found.
>larva for 5 years or such, and only few months in a last bug form.
I did not know that.

Bernd 07/06/2020 (Mon) 16:08:20 [Preview] No.38400 del
*I've no other basis for a guess

Bernd 07/06/2020 (Mon) 16:52:05 [Preview] No.38401 del
interesting to see a deciduous forest. A lot of forest in Switzerland have evergreen conifer trees, because foresters wanted trees that grow quickly. But they aren't adapted to the higher temperatures in the lower parts and can't withstand storms.

Bernd 07/06/2020 (Mon) 16:54:24 [Preview] No.38402 del
nice beetles. didn't the stag beetle carry a mud ball with it? and does Hungary have a tick problem too?

Bernd 07/06/2020 (Mon) 17:15:28 [Preview] No.38403 del
All of our conifers are populated. Not sure what was the intention, I know that some military installations were covered with them, it's something that Red Army planners brought. can't make aerial pictures of an area covered with evergreens in winter, can they.

Nah, that's the scarab rolling a dungball, nice and warm for their eggs.
Oh yeah. Last week I found one near my armpit, it climbed me in the garden.
They are more frequent in darker, wetter, northerly hillsides and valleys tho, I don't like crossing the brush in those areas. On the other hand there's a meadow on a top of a hill not too far, looking south. It's dry and open. I laid there many times, just in the grass, never a got tick.

Bernd 07/06/2020 (Mon) 19:09:02 [Preview] No.38405 del
>I think that's not the vegetation on the ground but the branches and leaves on the trees
I mean tree density, by that alone it looks easier to walk than through the jungle.

>signs are painted on trees
Those probably last less and attract less attention.

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Well yes. Density depends on how that particular area fits in the forestry.
Some places are deliberately left untended, they can be tricky to pass through, in my experience those places don't have thick tall trees, even old trees are stunted, spreading along the ground, leaning much to a side.
Those which which are used for logging, they can cut them bare, or with a thinning out technique. Or a combination of the two: first they cut it clear, then as saplings grow they thin it out a little (these places are very thick with saplings), then years later again, then again, until they get a clean, open piece of forest with straight, tall, fairly thick trees.
Maybe I'll try to collect examples.

Bernd 07/07/2020 (Tue) 05:23:49 [Preview] No.38421 del
Oh I wanted to write: it's very common to paint signs onto trees.

Bernd 07/26/2020 (Sun) 18:21:49 [Preview] No.38799 del
Found these liek two hours ago, and since then I was trying to identify them for a good while, even tho I found very quickly one species that looked very similar both on pictures and after written description. But I wanted to make sure, and by the end I landed at a different species that I begin with, but close relatives.
I believe what I found are two Agaricus brunneofibrillosus' or Agaricus haemorrhoidarius'.
Two obstacles prevented me from positive identification, and led me to check on such species liek Agaricus pantherina, just to make sure I don't make a mistake. These two obstacles were: the coloration of the gills, which remained whitish, when they should be pink, or reddish, the other is the smell, it didn't have much particular, but should have a characteristic anise or almond smell.
However looking closer the picture Bernd can see there is a little pinkish coloration in the stipe at the cap and the gills.
I cut up the larger one, and the gills reddened, and lo, the smell, while not too strong, but got that anise flavor. The bad news is, that one was too old, it seems was eaten inside by maggots.
Cut in half the other one to see how it held up, and that is still good. So tomorrow, I'm gonna feast on that one.
I also sought help from a friend who knows the species, and he can tell if I'm wrong. I expecting reply tomorrow.

Bernd 07/26/2020 (Sun) 18:24:46 [Preview] No.38800 del
Photo again.

Bernd 07/27/2020 (Mon) 17:23:14 [Preview] No.38812 del
Well, I didn't get a confirming reply, but he said if it is what we think it is, I should parboil it to soften the tissue.
So I sliced that smaller one up, parboiled it, and fried it in little olive oil, with salt and pepper. Tasted breddy gud. It was still a little chewy. If I get the shits tomorrow I won't I'm confident in my identification I know what to blame.

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Mushrooms can be pretty dangerous, especially because it is often not easy to distinguish toxic ones from edible, and there are plenty of variations. But consequences may be fatal, easily. Mushrooms also very good in accumulating everything from outside, including not so good components.

So, there is a simple rule: if you don't 100% sure that it is edible, don't even try.

For that reason I completely ignore Agarics (with laminaes on bottom side) and recommend to harvest only Boletes (with small tubes/pores on bottom) in our local region. There almost no toxic Boletes here that may be confused with edible, but plenty of confusing Agarics.

Of course it is only about forest mushrooms, shop-made are ok (at least I hope so).

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I hope you enjoy a nice cool summer this year. Mine is getting ruined every time I go for a swim and see these people on these boards.

Bernd 07/29/2020 (Wed) 05:57:58 [Preview] No.38847 del
I dared only to eat because it was very distinct. I checked all the parts, over and over and went through lists of poisonous mushrooms, 99% I discarded right away because were very different (like small thin, growing bunch at a spot, green, slimy etc.). I checked every property, and the combination of the characteristics fit only a couple of definitely edible ones.
I think the main problem is the variety of looks even inside a distinct species. For example coloration, which I had problems with.

My summer is ruined if the temperature goes over 30C. Which is all my summers, this one did not prove as an exception.

Bernd 07/29/2020 (Wed) 08:40:22 [Preview] No.38849 del
why are they cancer

Bernd 07/29/2020 (Wed) 16:18:37 [Preview] No.38854 del
every year there are more of them, they take away space at the beach and in the lake where I swim. the lake belongs to those who can swim and to the rich that can afford a real boat, not to the common plebs on these inflatable boards.

Bernd 07/29/2020 (Wed) 16:28:46 [Preview] No.38855 del
Just look at them. They are keinbernds.

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I've had tourist/personal trip to Sankt-Petersburg (SPb) for 4 days, and here is some small IWO.

1. Bologoe train station. Some kind of symbolic place, because it is placed almost between SPb and Moscow.

2. View from hotel window (actually, it was a private flat available for daily rent). SPb is all about rivers and canals, some say that it is Russian Venice, but some say that it is just a swamp. But water is everywhere, at least in center.

3. Metro. Almost same as in Moscow, but some station are closed-style, have walls with doors between trains and platform. But this is common station.

4. That type of station, with doors.

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Rainy weather is a feature of that city, and of course it was raining when I was there. Typical SPb.

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Compared to Moscow, historical center is well preserved, and it is pretty large. City is "new" (1703) and was build literally on swamp, with almost no previous dwellings. Most of these buildings are newer, but they still pretty old.

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1, 2 - classical "well-style courtyard", a place inside house block with one or two entries, closed from outside. These types of courtyards are stereotypical feature of SPb. They often not so shiny and beautiful as main streets.

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Vosstaniya square (площадь Восстания, literally Uprising Square). It is named after February Revolution (1917), because that square was a place of numerous demonstrations, protests and such.

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Some other historical buildings on the Nevsky prospect ("main" street of SPb) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevsky_Prospect

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1, 2 - canals. There are plenty of them, we crossed 2 or 3 only in one km. Pretty beautiful view.

3. Some popular shop. Sadly, forgot it's name.

4. Gostiny Dvor - old historical building, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Gostiny_Dvor
Wiki says that it is "one of the first shopping arcades in the world"

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1. Some church, probably Armenian. Forgot.

2. Catholic church. We've went inside and sit on benches, but I didn't take any photos. I'm not a religious person, but thought that it would be a bad taste, especially when everyone around are very quiet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St._Catherine_(Saint_Petersburg)
It is oldest catholic church in Russia. Pretty interesting place.

3. Kazan cathedral - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazan_Cathedral,_Saint_Petersburg

4. Water, again. Church at center was build on the place where emperor Alexander II was killed.

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1. Singer house (Singer as that company that made sewing machines), also "House of the Book". Famous book shop, pretty large and, of course, very historical. Had photos from inside but they all were bad, maybe because light.

2. View on Kazan cathedral from that house (top left - reflections of lamps).

3. Another historical church.

4. Water.

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Entrance to the Palace Square - center of SPb. Place of revolution and house of tsars.

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Also Palace Square. It is big, really.

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Now not the canal, but real river. It is famous Neva, main SPb river.

2 - Palace bridge - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_Bridge

4 - Peter and Paul fortress in the distance. It was too far for us to walk there at that evening.

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1, 2 - so called rostral columns, with ship-styled decoration.

4 - Saint Isaac cathedral - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Isaac%27s_Cathedral

It was too late to visit cathedral, but we could walk up to roof (you can visit museum and cathedral's roof). Bought tickets literally in two minutes until ticket office closed.

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View from that cathedral roof.

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1, 2, 3 - decoration of metro stations.

4 - Sennaya square, also famous SPb spot.

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And another day - just view on Neva near that rented flat. Couldn't find any good 4th photo, so it is the end.

Bernd 08/31/2020 (Mon) 04:40:36 [Preview] No.39645 del
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>3rd and 4th picrel
I've heard of the Metro before. It's a pretty big and fancy place

>2nd pic
>3rd pic
Looks pretty Portuguese, architecture wise

>4th pic rel
Cozy. I'm getting really distinct "Amsterdam" vibes from this place

>2nd pic of Peter I

Bernd 08/31/2020 (Mon) 07:44:16 [Preview] No.39646 del
nice, all these imperial representative buildings without being a capital city anymore and having Finland as suburb.

Bernd 08/31/2020 (Mon) 11:50:42 [Preview] No.39652 del
Great pics. Since it was built on a swamp, did they put wooden poles in the ground like in venice?

Bernd 08/31/2020 (Mon) 19:16:34 [Preview] No.39664 del
Ah, an IWO! Nice!
Poor Pyotr Alekseevich is turning in his grave ever since.
>But water is everywhere
I thought that's just the normal way of public utilities on the Russia.
>tiny balding man turns valve off

Photos are sharp tho.
Who's the horseman?

I assume even as Leningrad they made effort of preservation of old tsarist buildings. Btw how about the Smolniy?

>3rd pic
Typical Russian heda.
That 2017 bronze, Sun(?) wheel thing? What's that?

>indispensable star on the obelisk
Yeah, it's square dedicated to the revolution I can tell. Complex task dealing with the past for Russia and the other Soviet successor states. They have to reconcile periods clashing with each other. Well Baltic states can simplify things ofc by declaring things black and white, but when it's your own inheritance it's more complicated.

>2nd pic

Congratulations, Bernd.
>Gostiny Dvor
Just by the photo I could tell that's a market. Impressive.

>taking photos in church
Depends on the church. If it's a touristy place, it's ok (even in small chapels), otherwise maybe after asking the priest. If no priest at hand then no.
It's very easy to turn the attention inwards, churches are good place to think.
>Church at center was build on the place where emperor Alexander II was killed.
Jesus saves they say.

It's not big, people are just too small!
I told you, on the Russia everything is oversized.

That cathedral looks cozy with those lights. And not too oversized.

That's the Palace bridge?
First two shots are great.
Thanks Bernd, I enjoyed your report!
The looks, the styles of the building were quite familiar, reminds me of Budapest, minus hills. And more canals, generally scaled up streets and buildings, and more Cyrillic texts about.

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>I've heard of the Metro before. It's a pretty big and fancy place

It is not that big as Moscow one, but still pretty large. It also has problems with water (surprising), so some lines were flooded years ago. It is also pretty deep because bridges are moveable and everything goes under river.

>Cozy. I'm getting really distinct "Amsterdam" vibes from this place

Peter visited Netherlands and studied there for some time. He made city by European standards and surely was inspired by Amsterdam too.


Peter also depicted with mad face on almost every portrait or statue. Maybe he really had that face?

>Since it was built on a swamp, did they put wooden poles in the ground like in venice?

Didn't see any but internet says so. There are thousands of wooden poles under many buildings.

Bernd 08/31/2020 (Mon) 23:44:45 [Preview] No.39668 del
>Who's the horseman?

Alexander Nevsky. Place called "Alexander Nevsky square", and it is also a starting point of Nevsky prospect. But Nevsky prospect named after river, not him as person.

>I assume even as Leningrad they made effort of preservation of old tsarist buildings. Btw how about the Smolniy?

SPb had less extensive buildup than Moscow in Soviet times, so most of historical center remains same. At least from outside, because internals of houses often completely changed. Smolny still exists as governor residence.

>That 2017 bronze, Sun(?) wheel thing? What's that?

Some kind of mark with different historical names of that street (Rozhdestvenskaya, Sovetskaya, Karetnaya). Street was reconstructed as pedestrian walk zone, there is also a statue of carriage (Kareta means carriage, coach) nearby.

>Yeah, it's square dedicated to the revolution I can tell. Complex task dealing with the past for Russia and the other Soviet successor states. They have to reconcile periods clashing with each other.

Soviet propaganda was pretty effective, so most of people ok with stars and hammer-and-sickles today, and there is pretty small amount of people who really care about anti-bolshevik movement. I guess it is less controversial thing than in Baltic states or Eastern Europe, where all these things were forced from "outside".

>Is WECT the BEST?

At least WECT doesn't use such horrible transliteration ("trevel" from travel).

>Congratulations, Bernd.


>Depends on the church. If it's a touristy place, it's ok (even in small chapels), otherwise maybe after asking the priest

It was working church, not museum (compared to Isaac cathedral that is mostly a museum). I tried to find anyone doing photos but everyone just quietly sit on benches or slowly walking. Although most of them were tourists of course.

>That cathedral looks cozy with those lights. And not too oversized.

I visited it long time ago (I was in SPb in early 2000s with school tour last time), and remember that inside it is pretty monumental and also feels big and tall.

>That's the Palace bridge?

No, it is another day, and not historical part of city - just a place near "hotel" in typical SPb district. Bridge is also "new", it is made in 1936 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodarsky_Bridge

Bernd 09/01/2020 (Tue) 05:26:50 [Preview] No.39672 del
>Maybe he really had that face?
He felt he had a mission, and was obsessed with it (I'm curious if he doubted himself sometimes), maybe statues try to reflect that. Or maybe he really just looked like a creep irl.

I guess one could say during the Great Northern war tsar Peter put many Poles in the ground. And even more Swedes, Russians and Ottomans.

Bernd 09/01/2020 (Tue) 05:57:57 [Preview] No.39673 del
Peter again: how many portrait/statues/art work were ordered by himself and how many by the posterity? And which? The previous group would reflect his taste, the second how others remember him. Portrait type representations were idealized, "prittied", so making these "mad faces" is quite surprising.

Bernd 09/01/2020 (Tue) 17:18:21 [Preview] No.39678 del
I cannot for the life of me remember where I heard or read it but basically the building of st petersburg was a freemasonic endeavour. I will try and find the source.

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>Or maybe he really just looked like a creep irl.

He also had somewhat crazy personality, had some energy etc. And also urinary tract problems in late times that gave him constant pain. So, maybe he really looked like this.


Yes, maybe his image influenced his depictions in art, especially in late art where he has image of great emperor who reformed Russia.

>I cannot for the life of me remember where I heard or read it but basically the building of st petersburg was a freemasonic endeavour. I will try and find the source.

Of course Peter had some masonic/secret society influence. It was trend to join some society in these times for common aristocrat. His close friends (often a foreigners on Russian service) like Jacob Bruce (known as "wizard" in folk knowledge) or Franz Lefort (allegedly freemason) were into these things.

Although SPb had plenty of strategic purposes without these theories, but Peter surely had image of some ideal city in his mind, and his mind had these influences.

Also fun thing that foreigners rarely know: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_All-Joking,_All-Drunken_Synod_of_Fools_and_Jesters

Bernd 09/02/2020 (Wed) 17:06:03 [Preview] No.39710 del
Masons also liked to win over rulers so they could list some big names among themselves. Also could ask for favors.
Sounds like those uni/college frat thingies in American movies and tv-shows.
History is full of absurd stuff people did but we barely know anything about those, or we think it was normal and don't get the joke.

What other places worth to visit in Russia? Just like the US, Russia also has breddy nice scenery due to great variety of nature. But cities and towns?

Bernd 09/02/2020 (Wed) 22:33:36 [Preview] No.39717 del
>Sounds like those uni/college frat thingies in American movies and tv-shows.

Yes. At least it looks like a thing when young people have fun. Peter was contrarian when he was young, he survived attempt of military overturn, and also was just a nervous person as contemporary sources say.

>What other places worth to visit in Russia? Just like the US, Russia also has breddy nice scenery due to great variety of nature. But cities and towns?

There are plenty of old historical cities in center of Russia, even specific route called "Golden Ring" exists. Although these cities are mostly small and their historical parts are tiny: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Ring_of_Russia

Considering big cities, there is Kazan in Tatarstan, also known tourist location (maybe not that famous as Moscow and SPb). Southern cities (Rostov, Krasnodar) aren't too historical and less interesting, cities beyond Urals aren't considered as tourist destinations at all.

It also depends on what do you want from trip. Every large city has plenty of local museums, even if there is no rich history or such.

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>Golden Ring
Wouldn't even thought about such thing would exist, despite I'm aware of the old historical cities.
>Every large city has plenty of local museums
And Lenin statues.

Bernd 09/03/2020 (Thu) 19:25:15 [Preview] No.39737 del
Do you have alot of surveillance cameras in russia

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2nd wouldn't feel out of place in Washington D.C.
The General Staff's arches are the most eye-catching. Specifically the way the first one spans over a curve.
Something oriental about the columns from afar.
This was the very first thing I ever read about him:

Bernd 09/04/2020 (Fri) 05:54:16 [Preview] No.39754 del
>Something oriental about the columns from afar.

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Found these in the garden. Bunch if remained but they are small like the two smallest ones. Those btw I only picked because they just turned out from the soil as I moved the vegetation around them to make picture.
If I can identify them successfully and they are edible I'm gonna let them grow some before picking. If not, maybe I'll remove all, we don't need them to be there, especially if they're poisonous.
At first glance they resemble to the agarics one can buy in shops, I think those are agaricus campestris. Except those have darker lamellas or how those are called, the underside of the cap where the spores grow.

Bernd 10/04/2020 (Sun) 12:55:19 [Preview] No.40441 del
Here's a campestris from below, found on Wikipedia.

Bernd 10/04/2020 (Sun) 12:59:12 [Preview] No.40442 del
I like that panorama.

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I'm positive it's Agaricus campestris.
There's a couple of mushrooms it can be mistaken:
1. Amanita phalloides, but the gills are white and it has a volva at the base;
2. Agaricus xanthoderma, but that one should have funny smell, and the stipe/stalk turns to yellow quick when wounded.

Heh, I found an Agaricus bernardii.

Bernd 10/08/2020 (Thu) 04:56:17 [Preview] No.40473 del
I don't trust mushrooms at all tbh. Aren't most dangerous to eat?

Bernd 10/08/2020 (Thu) 05:50:56 [Preview] No.40475 del
Most inedibles aren't poisonous just aren't food, no nourishment and/or impossible to eat.
Some poisonous one needs to eat a lot to kill, in this area just a couple which a real threat.
I dunno, identifying them doesn't seem too hard if one sticks to a couple of edibles, just should know the resembling poisonous' and what's the difference. For example as Rusbernd told above >>38836 , he sticks with Boletes. I've no problem with Agarics because hereabout they have some great species (Macrolepiota procera for the win), just keep an eye on Amanita pantherina and the phalloides (especially on this).
In the woods most of the time I don't see at all or just very few. Sometimes a lot but most they don't resemble anything I would recognize. Maybe I should take photos and identify them systematically.

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Colorless centipedes, straight out of a moult or even out of the eggs.

Bernd 10/09/2020 (Fri) 21:10:48 [Preview] No.40500 del
I can eat mushrooms if it's from a restaurant. From the forest, I really can't

>Maybe I should take photos and identify them systematically.

That would be good

Eat it Brazil EAT IT!

Bernd 10/10/2020 (Sat) 06:46:00 [Preview] No.40501 del

Bernd 10/10/2020 (Sat) 14:14:02 [Preview] No.40508 del
/myc/ - mycology
Let's identify mushrooms. Hopefully occasionally gonna post this stuff.
Mushrooms have several traits to identify them.
First the appearance. They consist of:
- cap
- hymenium is the underside of the cap where sores grow, can be gills, sponge, internal (eg. puffballs), etc.
- stalk (or stipe)
- annulus is a collar around the stipe, remains of a partial veil
- volva is like a boot or a sock at the base of the stipe, remains of a universal veil
The aforementioned veils are membranes which cover the gills (partial) or the whole mushroom (universal) at younger age.
There are other physical characteristics:
- spore color
- smell
- taste (well obviously don't eat what you couldn't identify, but still it's a trait)
- bruising, changing in color when touched, injured
Beside two more important factor that might help:
- habitat
- time of year

From the little XP I got from researching these two >>38799 >>40440 I know it is useful to remember species with close resemblance to each other, and ask X inedible/poisonous species has Y and Z characteristics, are these present on the one I want to identify?
Here's a publication that list similar pairs. It's in Hungarian, but next to the picture it gives the name in Latin, so perhaps could prove useful even for foreigner. The association which compiled this little pdf has a great online database of mushrooms with good description and great photos. However for the identification process it isn't convenient to use, so first other sources needed, then when the possibilities are narrowed down, only then it's useful for confirmation.

Bernd 10/10/2020 (Sat) 15:09:34 [Preview] No.40510 del
If im not mistaken mushrooms are the sexual organs of the fungus

Bernd 10/10/2020 (Sat) 16:05:53 [Preview] No.40511 del
You'd better eat that bovine testies raw.
No. That's asexual organ. Or more precisely the area where the spores grow (the hymenium). The sexual reproductive parts of the fungi are the hyphae.

Bernd 10/10/2020 (Sat) 16:29:03 [Preview] No.40512 del
"In biology, a spore is a unit of sexual reproduction "

Bernd 10/11/2020 (Sun) 06:41:15 [Preview] No.40517 del
Who are you quoting?

Bernd 10/11/2020 (Sun) 14:17:53 [Preview] No.40523 del
A little known website called wikipedia.org

Bernd 10/11/2020 (Sun) 14:41:43 [Preview] No.40524 del
Do you falsify your source material frequently?

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When identifying a mushroom a certain order is the most convenient to follow.
First, even before we would see a mushroom we are probably aware the current date more or less, so we could know to some extend what kinds of mushroom we can come across. Then the surroundings can tightening the circle of possibilities. Are we walking in a meadow, or among trees? Are those trees conifers, or deciduous? Damp or dry? Sunny or shaded?
And when we find a nice toadstool the most visible part will be the cap. And that can tell a lot without even looking below. The shape, the colour, the texture, the edge of the cap. Does it have those little white fluffs that so characteristic to certain species (among them the picrel fly agaric)? Those thingies aren't part of the cap, but the remnants of a universal veil - some mushrooms have spots which are really part of the coloration of the cap. Is the cap slimy? Dry? Silky? It all matters.

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Ok but can you eat that 3rd picrel mushroom though?

>Bernd likes Greta
>Bernd also likes bugs
>Ergo Bernd must eat the bugs

Simple as

Bernd 10/13/2020 (Tue) 05:44:03 [Preview] No.40541 del
>Ok but can you eat that 3rd picrel mushroom though?
Yes. And not just in the way that "every mushroom can be eaten once", but by default can be eaten raw, this makes the consumer drunk/high (in large quantities, liek eating 12+ can kill) however, or parboil it once or twice because the agents in that species are water soluble, then can be used for cooking without the intoxicating effect.

>Simple as
It really is.

Bernd 10/13/2020 (Tue) 16:24:08 [Preview] No.40546 del
Next easily observable part is the stipe or stalk.
Again shape and size can give directions. Is it robust, or maybe flimsy? Thicker at the base? How about the color? White, red, brown, or something else? The texture is scaly like a snake's skin, or smooth, perhaps covered in hairs?
How about the remnants of veils? The annulus around the stalk like a ring or collar. It can take variety of looks, can be droopy, thin, some has considerable density. How high is it on the stem? Beware on some mushrooms with time they can disappear with age. They also can leave behind a light spore print, most of the time very hard to see, but can be significant when id. How about the remnants of the universal veil - we noted them when talked about the caps -, the volva at the base of the stipe. If you can't see it, that doesn't mean it isn't there...
So now we should remove specimen. Gently not to make some important traits disappear. It's better to remove it in full them cut the stipe so we can see what's going on below the fallen leaves or grass or maybe even the soil covering the base. Now we really can see if it has a volva or not.
There is a third type of veil, the cortina, it is the same place where the annulus should be and resembles to spider web, and it's strains between the edge of the cup and the stipe.
And a fourth veil is a variation of the universal veil, which basically a slime covering the whole mushrooms. I doubt I would pick one looks like that. Are those species even edible?
Anyway we should take a look at the base again after we removed from the soil, because the roots, called rhizomorphs, or more simply rhizomes, also a trait that can help id.
And again just like the cap, does it bruise? Poke it, cut it, and watch of discoloration.

Bernd 10/13/2020 (Tue) 16:25:01 [Preview] No.40547 del
*watch for discoloration.

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Now that we picked the mushroom we can see easier under the cap, don't need to make us comfortable down in the dirt just to take a look. Hey maybe a mirror could be used, gonna make a note.
Hymenium could take a couple of forms, gills, sponge, teeth, internal (of the puffballs), gel, and some species' cap forms a cup and grow the spores on the inner surface of it.
Gills come in wide variety. Not just their spacing is important, but how they join to the stem, if at all. Sometimes they have to be cut in half to see exactly how they attach.
Quite curiously the delicious Chanterelles have false gills, ridged on the lower side of the cup and running on the stipe. A type of mushroom looks very similar to these species, it has true gills however.

Bernd 10/15/2020 (Thu) 17:14:36 [Preview] No.40571 del
Forgot to add. The color of the gills also matter, like how the phalloides' white ( >>40546 ) but the campestris' start white very young but turns red/rust and darkens as it matures ( >>40440 ).

Bernd 10/15/2020 (Thu) 23:12:44 [Preview] No.40576 del
It's the same as trees with their internal rings indicating their age, or moss which always grows on the side facing the nearest city

Nature is rather interesting. Did you get all of this information from a book?

Bernd 10/16/2020 (Fri) 05:30:52 [Preview] No.40578 del
I'm scraping it from the internet. From what I can tell, books have the same information. For now I'm trying to make a summary how to go about identifying a mushroom, what steps to follow, while get to know mushrooms a little better. Maybe it could help others, but chiefly for my own benefit.
This can't be used in itself for id ofc, at least a small book is needed with the exact description of the most common mushrooms of the area to compare the findings to something. And even a large book with lotsa info might not help in certain cases (and then that particular mushroom should be left alone). Depending on memory (and chances to practice) it may take a while to learn enough. Best to stick to a few species in the beginning, that shouldn't be hard.

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Garden findings again. Raining all week and these started to cover a patch. They ain't big but numerous. The cap feels slimy, it left the mark on the paper towel. Now they stick to it.
Can't really find that fits the description, many are similar however, quite a few not just inedible but poisonous. Tomorrow gonna try again.

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What's missing from the list of identification traits (good chance with others) is the growth habit.What's missing from the list of identification traits (good chance with others) is the growth habit. Three types:
- singles
- gregarious or troops
- clusters
Picrel found in garden illustrates the cluster type - yet to identify -, they grow out of one base. The gregarious also means growing in group but the stipes have their own origins and they stand a bit further apart, toadstools growin in fairy rings belong here (we call these witch circles, wiches came here to eat fly agaric to fly). Singles are self explanatory.

Bernd 10/20/2020 (Tue) 19:17:04 [Preview] No.40632 del
Meanwhile found an identification sheet. For those who want to document their findings.

Bernd 10/25/2020 (Sun) 14:29:58 [Preview] No.40726 del

Didnt want to make a thread about it but I was wondering, how was Amazons when Sahara wasnt a desert 7000 years ago?

Bernd 10/25/2020 (Sun) 15:53:22 [Preview] No.40727 del
Supposedly the jungles of today weren't even 600 years ago, they barely grew out by the time conquistadors arrived. But that far back, who knows.

Bernd 10/26/2020 (Mon) 23:57:46 [Preview] No.40741 del
>how was Amazons when Sahara wasnt a desert 7000 years ago?

Or how about when the Sahara, Africa and the Amazons were still together as one continent?

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Had my Xmas stroll. The weather was dull, and not good for photographing, and I went through those parts of the woods I usually go, but I wanted to bring back a couple of shots. Not much interesting.
Still found mushrooms, no idea what are they, back in November saw lot of these.
What's in that hole? We'll never know.

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Passed through different micro-biomes with different combination of vegetation.
Then here's these ball thingy. I've no idea what tree produces that fruit. I see them here and there, but never bothered to look it ip. Since they look spiky, they remind me of chestnuts but they aren't. Cut one open to see what's inside.
On the ground there are oak and hornbeam leaves, and a third one I don't recognize. Probably that's our winner.

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hungary has forest?

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Bernd 12/29/2020 (Tue) 17:31:54 [Preview] No.41849 del
damn shrooms still growing in winter

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It's +10C out there. Warmer than November was.

Bernd 12/29/2020 (Tue) 19:26:58 [Preview] No.41854 del
> del
its +1 and raining like a motherfucker here

Bernd 01/08/2021 (Fri) 16:57:12 [Preview] No.41987 del
Was conflicted a little where to post these, but fit here the best.
The photos are from this article:
They were made for a drone photo contest. Drones are hot topic on Index, a new law is inbound or perhaps is already enacted, they are getting heavily regulated, maybe gonna write a little about the suspected reasons later.
I'm gonna try to give context for the pics, but I can only write what the article provides, most only have the title.

#1. "Golden tree" - salt-affected soil on the Great Plains, around a drying river. The yellow area is due to the algae of the riverbed.
#2. "Tarn" - in Hungarian we call that type of lake "sea eye"
#3. "Buffalos" - in a buffalo reserve
#4. "Receding winter" - looks like reed on the shore of a lake, with protruding piers

Bernd 01/08/2021 (Fri) 17:02:44 [Preview] No.41988 del
#5. "Even on the back of the ice... " - from an idiom used to shrewd people who can live even on the back of the ice.
#6. "Lake with fractal pattern"
#7. "At the edge of the ice"
#8. "Surf - Bali"

Bernd 01/08/2021 (Fri) 17:07:04 [Preview] No.41989 del
#9. "Balaton"
#10. "En route III./Attracted by hills"
#11. ???
#12. "Fog barrier"

Bernd 01/08/2021 (Fri) 17:11:58 [Preview] No.41990 del
#13. "Waking city"
#14. "Family tree"
#15. "Road construction"
#16. "Worlds"

Exactly sixteen was published in the article. Neat.

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Took a stroll today. "Stroll" was long enough maybe not the length, but in time for sure. I got tired.
These weeks we had shitty weather, above 0, with rain, the soil became soggy. Then snow came and sudden cold, they promised ~15C here for the nights and -3-5 for the days. It wasn't that cold however, was borderline melting. The snow insulated the earth anyway and the mud remained under the 10-20 cm of snow (depending on the wind). Which meant not just muscling through the snow but slipping in the mud as well.
Mostly I followed roads and tourist trails, but certain places large puddles with thin ice, and trickling water made me slalom around. At one place at length forestry trucks plowed the loose soil, engraving it with deep wheel tracks, which then gathered water. These were also treacherous since their thin ice were often covered by the snow. So there I was hiked among the trees and the thicket. That was actually nice.

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Rose hip. Most had a bit of ice frozen on them.
Went through various landscapes.

Bernd 02/12/2021 (Fri) 22:21:37 [Preview] No.42569 del
Gonna continue tomorrow.

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Let's continue with my snowy IWO.
From these four pic maybe the last one is worth more interest, the rest is an illustration of what kind of landscape I strode through.
So the last pic was on the roadside, a boar turned over the leaf coverage of the ground. There were long lines in the snow all around where he rooted up whatever he looked for. I assume it searched for acorns below the oaks.

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The second one is a tiny temporary brook running on the trail. Quite a few were about, many looked very clear and clean, the dirt and mud already washed away running over gravel. At some places ice covered the top and snow, waiting to drench a boot after a careless step.
That's about this trip.

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A micro IWO. Moscow had record-setting snow from Friday (record of 1973 was beaten). Transport system collapsed as always. But whatever, I've did some walking into historical park nearby, former royal residence (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolomenskoye), because it is can be reached on foot in adequate time.

1 - driving somewhere wasn't an option anyway (photo just for displaying snow amount).
2 - benches in the park (also mostly covered)
3 - typical landscape
4 - main historical landmark of that place - church of Ascension, built in 1532, UNESCO something-something etc. Featured even in some historical textbooks, it is famous for rare tent-shaped style, and was built by some Italian architect (as many buildings of that age in Muscovy). Some legends say that it was build to celebrate Ivan Grozny birth, but it is debatable. Church is almost always closed, for repairs or something else.

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1 - church of Saint George, 16th century.
2 - park gates (19th century or such). They are located inside the park, wall mostly removed, but gates stand still.
3 - that St. George church (1), another entrance
4 - view from other side

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1 - lower entrance of Ascension church. It wasn't easy to reach that place in snow.
2 - one of the arches of that church, view from other angle
3 - bell tower of St.George church
4 - water tower, 17th century

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And last ones.

1 - Moscow river
2 - It is full of ducks near park. Visitors feed them, so ducks are happy and fat. I didn't seen ducks in such amount anywhere except as here.
3 - Some man feeding ducks
4 - Feed box for birds nearby. Occupied by sparrows and tits (do English-speakers ok with that bird name?).

Bernd 02/14/2021 (Sun) 18:59:46 [Preview] No.42593 del
That is a lot of sno. When I was a child we had such once or twice.
>Transport system collapsed as always.
We have that. 2cm snow falls then everything goes to hui, news outlets talk about catastrophic weather conditions, service providers announce the bad weather came unexpected. Every year.
Were those benches cleared? Or the wind blew then clean?

I like the composition of the 4th pic.


Everyone loves tits.

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Bernd 02/15/2021 (Mon) 01:41:14 [Preview] No.42600 del
Looks pretty. It has a really nice medieval feel to it.

Bernd 02/15/2021 (Mon) 07:47:21 [Preview] No.42623 del
>We have that. 2cm snow falls then everything goes to hui, news outlets talk about catastrophic weather conditions, service providers announce the bad weather came unexpected. Every year.

It also same there, snow always came unexpected (in Russia, yes). Although this time it was really large amount of snow, so collapse is justified. Public transit that not use roads (trams, trains) is ok though.

Situation was especially surprising because last winter was almost snowless, and previous ones were mild.

>Were those benches cleared? Or the wind blew then clean?

Heavy wind. Without it there would be ever more snow.

Bernd 02/15/2021 (Mon) 08:58:37 [Preview] No.42625 del
>Situation was especially surprising because last winter was almost snowless, and previous ones were mild.
I follow that Danish man's channel, Lars of Survival Russia, he lives towards the Ural NE from Moscow, this year they got snow bout hip high, the last one with such height was 4-5 years ago I think. Gonna check, I think his channel is going on for 8 years now or something.

Bernd 02/23/2021 (Tue) 19:39:14 [Preview] No.42710 del
I know the place.

Bernd 02/24/2021 (Wed) 07:15:18 [Preview] No.42715 del
How does it look like now? Bring back some photos.

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Mushroom season is starting now that the snow disappeared (various tinder fungi and similars are present all year ofc). The early species started to grow. Very few of them resemble to the idea of mushroom, but some of them are edible.
Couple days ago found these as I tramped in the woods for a couple of hours, these are Sarcoscypha coccineas or scarlet cups. I see they prefer the freshly melting rotten sticks and bits of wood laying about. They also disappear fast they can only be gathered in the early months, February and March. But I guess it depends on the weather.
While they are edible my sources say they don't taste anything and since they are tiny, like a finger wide, and have little meat on them it doesn't really worth gathering them. So no taste test.

Soon the first "normal" toadstool will grow the Agaricus bisporus, which is very similar to the campestris one can buy in groceries. I wonder if I can find some, at least for a /kc/ post. There are a couple of oldtimers who range the woods for mushrooms, they are tough competitors.

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