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By Karin Garcia

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...die Spur der Sterne

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By Amelia Heath

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Fiskebåter på Låder. 2nd place SPC July 2020 - Reflections

Fishing boats at Låder.

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By Amelia Heath

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Horse drawn bracken rolling

Today's Sunday Challenge is: A NEW EXPERIENCE I have not seen this method of controlling bracken until this morning. On 1 January 2013 it became illegal to use the bracken-control chemical Asulam. The chemical, which was sold as Asulox, was banned by the EU on 31 December 2011 but those who already had stocks had a year to use these up. While good in small areas, as it provides cover for animals, bracken can be a real problem, quickly becoming a monoculture, shading out and eliminating wild plants and flowers. In our local area The Cliffe is a sandstone hill, a lot of which is colonised by bracken, preventing the growth of heather, ling and gorse. The bracken is managed largely by volunteers, but I've never seen this method of horse drawn bracken rolling before. The horse is pulling a special roller with chains, which bend and partially break the bracken fronds. This has the effect of weakening the plant as it attempts to regrow. Volunteers are raking over the broken bracken and bundling it onto a trailer. The bracken may be taken to the local farmer who has a bio-digester. There were 2 horses working today, and about 20 volunteer helpers. The effects of bracken rolling are progressive and in order for the bracken to be completely eradicated, it is advisable that the process is repeated twice yearly, with first treatment in June/July (Peak Growing Season) and second in late August/early September (going into Dormant Period). It is extremely important that if a second annual treatment is undertaken, that it is completed before the plant produces spores. I hope that this will gradually replace the large tracts of ferns with wild flowers. Ceffylau Gwaith Carnog Working Horses, run by Barbara Haddrill, is based in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in the heart of the Tanat Valley in Powys, Wales. It works in mid and North Wales, Shropshire and the Welsh Borders and Marches. www.carnog.co.uk

By Amelia Heath

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Junk taken from the River Severn. HFF everyone.

Several times this year we have seen junk removed from the river. It gets taken away from the river walkway after a couple of days. Once we cane across a rusting motor scooter along with a couple of push bikes. This is the first time we have spotted a supermarket trolley. The dredging keeps the river safe for all the water sports that have been prevalent this year especially, and that includes river swimming. I must apologise for my lack of visits this week, we have been away.

By Amelia Heath

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James and Granddad

Today's Saturday Self Challenge is: Love: anything that symbolizes love to you. I love our family and I love the sea, so here we have a little bit of both.

By Demetrius Chryssikos

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iMac 21 Zoll 500GB

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By Ko Hummel

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Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) (view on black)

11-07-2020 2:45 h Got up early and there he was, clearly visible by naked eye. This picture is a combination of 11 exposures. Also visible some high clouds lit by the sun, noctilucent clouds. Objective Samyang f=85 mm, f/2.8, T=11 x 2 sec ISO 800

By Ko Hummel

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Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) (view on black)

13-07-2020 01:00h Combined 4 exposures with total T=32 sec (lower part of the picture is just one exposure)

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By Ur@nos

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Kokosnussrupfen

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