Visiting the ATX Hackerspace was pretty rad. Saw what was apparently some bio-remediating fungi and plastic-eating bacteria, night vision eye drops, several 3-d printers and 3d-printed objects, a panel discussion on farming Mars, and many other interesting things.
I'm almost sure that lizard is an anole. One of their common names is American chameleon. They change colors from dark brown all the way to a vivid green. The males also have a colorful orange flap of skin on their throat. We had the great fortune one year to have two males with territory close enough to see each other. They would perch on handy plants within sight of each other and flash that orange at each other. I don't know whether it was a territory display or just coincidence as they both showed off for the ladies at the same time.
Yeah, that's an anole - I did my 7th grade science fair project on them. There was no sciencing involved, more like I made a very nice zoo exhibit explaining how they changed colors. Good enough for third place...
The subtropical flower looks like a Bougainvillea (boo-gun-vee-ya).
What's the population on the lab right now? Seems like it could be high, with the PDC commencing...
Gary Huntress wrote:Very cool spirally garden bed design! I know what you mean about the bags of leaves. I, too, find it strange that people throw out their leaves and trimmings and then they go out and buy mulch and growing amendments. Hmmm ...(?) I ask my neighbors for all their leaves and stuff, chop 'em up with my lawn mower, and then pile it thick on all my garden beds for the winter. Now they're all full of big, fat, juicy, soil aerating, earthworms. Time to plant!
OMG, I think I've discovered my people! I too have earned the name "onion lady" from the local neighborhood people that knowingly gave me permission to take their Home Depot bags off their hands. some have had to be sorted through but I'm sitting pretty with 15 bags of new tree mulch (down to 11 because I used them around all my newly planted fruittrees.
I just brought in a zucchini to the house last night and seriously wanted to walk over to each neighbor and say "see this?!?! this is because of your grass, leaves and tree branches. All I did was mix in some ubber crappy soil that was already there and now I have a prized crop that even makes Ron Jeremy (famous porn star for those of you with innocent minds) feel inadequate.