Veluwe fungi and birds

Fungi, 12 November 2017

Still 12 November 2017 in the Veluwe. After the stream and clouded agaric mushrooms in the morning, we went to Het Loo again in the afternoon. Where we saw fungi like these ones …

Fungi on branch, 12 November 2017

… and these ones (probably Trametes ochracea) …

Orange fungi, 12 November 2017

… and these orange ones …

Fungi and lichen, 12 November 2017

… and these ones, sharing a branch with lichens.

We hear nuthatch sound.

Candlesnuff fungi, 12 November 2017

Small candlesnuff fungi.

Sulphur tufts, 12 November 2017

And somewhat bigger sulphur tuft fungi.

Sulphur tufts, on 12 November 2017

On the forest floor, we could see wild boar have been digging.

Tinder fungi, 12 November 2017

Tinder fungi, on various standing …

Tinder fungi, 12 November 2017

Tinder fungus, on 12 November 2017

… and fallen trees.

Fungi, on 12 November 2017

Finally, these ones.

Stay tuned for 13 November 2017 in the Veluwe region!


United States police think hibiscus is marijuana

This video from the USA says about itself:

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After British occupation troops in Afghanistan though mung beans were opium poppy seeds … now this, from the Epoch Times in the USA:

Elderly Couple Wrongfully Arrested When Their Hibiscus Plants Were Mistaken for Marijuana

By Bowen Xiao

November 17, 2017 2:29 pm

An elderly couple from Buffalo Township in Pennsylvania was wrongly arrested for allegedly having marijuana plants on their property. Their Nationwide insurance agent reported them to the police.

Audrey and Edward Cramer said that on Sept. 20 police stormed their home, harassed them, took their plants, and arrested them while Audrey, was still partially undressed according to NBC affiliate WLWT.

But the dilemma for the police was that the plants were flowering hibiscus plants—not marijuana.

“I’m starting to understand why a lot of the public do not trust police officers,” Audrey Cramer said at a press conference. “I really feel like I’ve been smacked in the face with this, and no, I don’t think I’ll ever trust a police officer again.”

The couple filed a civil lawsuit on Thursday, Nov. 16, against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Nationwide agent Jonathan Yeamans, Buffalo Township, and three of its police officers, according to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

In the lawsuit Edward, 69 and Audrey, 66 claim that police handcuffed the two and forced them to sit in the back of a police car for hours.

During that time, officers ransacked their home looking for the alleged marijuana, which was nonexistent. The Cramers were not charged in the incident.

The couple’s allegations include the use of excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

As of writing on Friday, Nov. 17, Buffalo Township has not responded to requests for comments.

The Cramers’ attorney Al Lindsay said they are seeking punitive damages.

“She came down. She opened the door. She was confronted with what she thought was a dozen police officers with assault weapons who said they had a warrant,” Lindsay told reporters at a press conference. “They pushed her. They went through the house,” WLWT reports.

The whole incident first started when a neighbor’s tree fell on the couple’s property back in September. That caused insurance agent Yeamans to come out on Oct. 5 to investigate the insurance claim.

But according to the lawsuit, Yeamans took photos of the flowering hibiscus plants growing in the couple’s backyard and sent them to police, claiming it was a marijuana operation.

The couple said Yeamans “intentionally photographed the flowering hibiscus plants in such a manner as not to reveal that they had flowers on them so that they would appear to resemble marijuana plants,” according to the complaint, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

The suit states the wife explained to police that the plants were flowering hibiscus plants, but Sgt. Scott Hes—claiming expertise—insisted that they were marijuana plants.

Edward also repeatedly asked to show police that the plants were flowering and clearly in bloom, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

“Why couldn’t the police see what it was?” attorney Lindsay commented to the newspaper. “Being arrested, for people like this who have no history with crime and no experience with law enforcement, this is an incredibly traumatic experience.”

After the long search and without finding any marijuana, police eventually released the Cramers from the police car.

The couple is seeking “monetary and compensatory damages,” attorneys’ fees plus court costs. They are seeking a jury trial, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Veluwe stream and fungi

Beech trees, 12 November 2017

After the Veluwe region birds in the morning of 12 November 2017, came the Meibeek stream and the beech trees around it.

Autumn leaves, 12 November 2017

These about 200-year-old trees reflect in the water of the stream.

Meibeek, 12 November 2017

Many autumn leaves floating in the Meibeek.

Autumn leaves, on 12 November 2017

Clouded agaric, 12 November 2017

Not far from the Meibeek was a fairy circle of clouded agaric mushrooms.

Clouded agaric, on 12 November 2017

Clouded agaric fairy ring, 12 November 2017

Stay tuned for more on 12 November in the Veluwe region!

Fungi, trees and birds

This 11 September 2016 Dutch video from Gelderland regional TV is about a cyclists’ protest, organised by the Party for the Animals, against the Dutch royals hunting on the big Het Loo estate near Apeldoorn city, causing most bicycle tracks and footpaths to be closed off to the public.

Het Loo is called a royal domain, but is in fact property of the Dutch government. However, the Dutch royal family has the right to use it, eg, to hunt there and to close off roads and paths which might hinder hunting from September till December. “So, public property, but the public is not welcome”, a Wiesel village resident said.

Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1876-1934), who became Prince Consort of the Netherlands, imported wild boar from his native Germany to hunt in Het Loo. This led to entry restrictions.

When Queen Wilhelmina, Henry’s wife, lived as a widow at Het Loo, there was less hunting and more paths became open to the public.

But after Wilhelmina’s death, royal hunting increased again, and so did access restrictions against the public.

After 10 November 2017 in Wenum-Wiesel in the Veluwe region came 11 November.

A robin just outside the window.

We are on our way to Het Loo. Just before the entrance gate, we hear a jay. And see an ancient barrow grave.

We pass the entrance gate, and proceed on the only ‘legal’ bicycle track. To the left and right, numerous signs of No entry.

Het Loo, 11 November 2017

Many trees with beautiful autumn leaves.

Het Loo, on 11 November 2017

A chaffinch. Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Fungi, 11 November 2017

A branch on the ground with beautiful orange fungi on it. Yellow stagshorn? To the right of it, another branch with brownish fungi.

Autumn leaves, 11 November 2017

More autumn leaves. Some on the forest floor …

Autumn leaves, on 11 November 2017

… some still on the trees.

Tinder fungi, 11 November 2017

A bit further, a fallen tree with many fungi on it. Including tinder fungi.

Tinder fungus, 11 November 2017

Including these big tinder fungi with orange undersides.

Tinder fungi, 11 November 2017

Stil more tinder fungi on the same big tree.

We continue to the Soerense veld. That is a heathland area. We thought heathland would be an interesting change from forest. However, another sign says No entry, because of royal family hunting. So, we go back.

Meibeek, 11 November 2017

Late in the afternoon, we go to the Meibeek stream. Sometimes people see kingfishers there. We don’t see them, but we do see beautiful reflections in the water.

Close to the Meibeek bank, an amethyst deceiver mushroom.

Crested tits, nuthatches and trees

This is a crested tit video from France.

10 November 2017. After arriving yesterday in Wenum-Wiesel in the Veluwe region, this morning a robin on the table outside the window. Behind it, a great tit at the feeder.

Zandhegge, 10 November 2017

We walk to the Zandhegge, a nature reserve of regional conservation organisation Het Geldersch Landschap.

Zandhegge leaves, 10 November 2017

It is a forest with both deciduous and coniferous trees.

Cowberries, 10 November 2017

And shrubs with red cowberries. And fungi.

A nuthatch climbs up and down branches.

We hear a green woodpecker.

A bit further, a great tit. And three of its rarer relatives: crested tits!

It starts to rain. We walk back.

In the afternoon, after the rain had stopped, to the Zandhegge again.

A flock of chaffinches. Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Leaves, 10 November 2017

Beautiful autumn leaves. Some still on the trees …

Leaves, on 10 November 2017

… some on the forest floor.

Veluwe birds and fungi, first day

This video is about Wenum-Wiesel village near Apeldoorn city in the Veluwe region.

On 9 November 2017, we traveled to Wenum-Wiesel; which is close to woodland.

From the train to Apeldoorn, a great egret in a meadow.

In Wenum-Wiesel, robin, blackbird and jay sounds.

Not far away, a fairy ring of clouded agaric mushrooms.

As we walk among trees with beautiful autumn leaves, a male chaffinch and a female blackbird along the road.

Rare elfin saddle fungus back in the Netherlands

Elfin saddle, photo by Gerhard Koller

Elfin saddle fungi had been extinct in the Netherlands since 1988.

Nature Today reports that recently fourteen elfin saddles have been found at two spots in the Lonnekerberg nature reserve in Overijssel province.