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Well, shit. Worst season I've seen, ever, and I was here for the '93 fires.

 

There's a few crew affected, either directly or in the path thereof. Prolly more than I know.

 

But I've seen such grace on the firegrounds which has pushed past my normal misanthropy, and some of that grace has come from some of you.

 

Shoutout especially to @niggles and @teamwhy, whose continued and protracted presence onsite is making a huge difference. Niggles mate you lost yer fire cherry well and truly this year, you've been doing some long days, done some hard fucken yards and I'm proud of you. Teamwhy, seeing you on comms and knowing you're there day after day makes me smile like a goose.

 

Also whoever to put those tiny sweet garden mandarins in the snack packs the other day, they were small and hard won in the drought and sweet as fuck and much appreciated

 

Shoutout to the civvies at Tuntable and Siddha Farm feeding everyone and pushing firebreaks through impossible country and the yoof being all splendid rolling round on ATVs, everyone's hearts swell just seeing them rock a fantastic and major contribution. Anyone who thinks Millennials are snowflakes should see this lot, they're pure gold.

 

Shoutout to the firies everywhere. Everywhere I go I see trucks from somewhere else.

 

Shoutout to Mudgee firies who came up to help out at Drake, now they've got their own shit going down locally like a few other brigades who went well out of area up here. And the CFA ppl in VIC, I think we have a couple on here

 

And none of this Hero Firies shit. Firies are you. This hero worship thing just separates the people who do the work from too many people who can, but aren't. Join up, help out, at the very least clean your fucking gutters, talk to your neighbours and get your evac plan in line ( yes, I do understand that not everyone can kick in and the entry requirements are onerous these days, that's for another thread )

 

You should see who's out there, it's amazing. The fires are fucked and the environmental devastation is heartbreaking. The humanity so far is splendid

 

Pray for rain. Dance harder, fuckit

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Thanks @Darklight and same to you. So much gratitude and respect for anyone who helped in any way. Volunteers literally saved our entire community. Coming to the aid of firies when we had collapsed from exhaustion and taking up the fight, keeping the fire from getting away from us. I've never seen community pull together like that. Proud to be part of it.

I'd like to share some pictures but please don't post them elsewhere as it may make some official people grumpy. 

Most of these shots are about 3 or 4km from my house on my road where we managed to make a containment line in the middle of the night. Too close. 

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1 hour ago, niggles said:

So much gratitude and respect for anyone who helped in any way. Volunteers literally saved our entire community. Coming to the aid of firies when we had collapsed from exhaustion and taking up the fight, keeping the fire from getting away from us. I've never seen community pull together like that. Proud to be part of it.

I'd like to share some pictures but please don't post them elsewhere as it may make some official people grumpy.

 

 

Spectacular pics, hey those first ones aren't Hill 3 are they?

 

Everyone who's never seen a close up bushfire please note that almost the only time you get a chance to take your phone out and take pics is when there isn't anything major on. For pics you need to take your gloves off and not be holding anything with water dripping out of the end. And not running anywhere. Or yelling for backup on the scratchy radios.

 

Also consider the stuff out of shot. Like the trees already 90% burning you can't see in the pic 10m back which may or may not fall over and send embers everywhere.

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Rock on legends. Hats off to you all :worship:

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@Darklight this is between sidha farm and Wallace Rd.. So the containment line. 

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Darklight is a legend!  Good with words too. And niggles we must live pretty close have to catch up some time. 

 

check out these guys that are popping up everywhere after the fire. 

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I will go see if I can dig up a truffle this week some time.  I so want to eat one they smell so good! 

Probably some Laccocephalum spp.  but can find a picture of any that fit.  

 

 

 

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Here is the under side

 

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10 minutes ago, teamwhy said:

check out these guys that are popping up everywhere after the fire. 

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You reckon they're the same as Niggles is finding? Check thread

http://www.shaman-australis.com/forum/index.php?/topic/46677-found-growing-in-the-ash-from-still-burning-bushfires/

 

10 minutes ago, teamwhy said:

 

I will go see if I can dig up a truffle this week some time.  I so want to eat one they smell so good! 

Probably some Laccocephalum spp.  but can find a picture of any that fit. 

 

 

WHAT? THERE ARE TRUFFLES? YOU'RE FINDING TRUFFLES?

 

@teamwhy Get tissue samples and dry em proper, at least 200mg. I'll add them to the collection of things that need sequencing ( special kudos to Obtuse, who explained at length why this should be done properly )

 

Put some fresh tissue down on H2O2 MEA agar plates. If you don't have any I will make some of the bastards up. Niggles might have access to some too, but they will be a coupla months old

 

*sigh* you prolly don't have time, but if we can grab some properly identified edible native truffles we will all be well stoked, and we can try to add some to any regen work.

 

Anyone else got any favourite firies out there?

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Sorry @Darklight truffle was probably a little bit misleading I should have said pseudo-sclerotia. I will post a picture later today. they are still pretty cool

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1 hour ago, teamwhy said:

Sorry @Darklight truffle was probably a little bit misleading I should have said pseudo-sclerotia. I will post a picture later today. they are still pretty cool

 

Is alright, I knew what you meant and I was into using the wrong term as well.

 

Am most interested in getting a tissue sample onto fresh H2O2 plates ASAP. Cancelled all other appointments today, making plates now.

 

Niggles is hunting samples as well. What are the chances of me getting some tissue samples off you late sarvie/ do you want me to bring over some fresh H2O2 plates?

 

What tree species are the pseudo-sclerotia originating from? I might have to make up some woodchip media for it

 

I'm so easily distracted....

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I took 9 large samples wrapped in paper towel collected with sterile mushroom knife stored in new takeaway containers ready and waiting for you. They come with gps coordinates time and date and photos of original fruiting bodies with a foot for scale. 

Let me know what you want me to do with it :)

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The fruit has very thick flesh and I took large sample so you could easily get middle bits that are not exposed to the environment

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Cheers to all the firies, doing an incredible job. Saved me and my neighbors so far, but some nearby homes have been lost. Even looting has been taking place in some areas, so it's a very sad situation for some. Pretty soon we'll all have to join them on the allied front, I can't see the situation getting any better in the coming decades.

 

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2 hours ago, niggles said:

I took 9 large samples wrapped in paper towel collected with sterile mushroom knife stored in new takeaway containers ready and waiting for you. They come with gps coordinates time and date and photos of original fruiting bodies with a foot for scale. 

Let me know what you want me to do with it :)

 

Ooh er, thank you, I'll SMS you. I fell asleep and didn't do those plates yet, but they won't take long tomorrow

 

I can't wait, this'll be awesome if we get it

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36 minutes ago, Halcyon Daze said:

Saved me and my neighbors so far, but some nearby homes have been lost. Even looting has been taking place in some areas, so it's a very sad situation for some. Pretty soon we'll all have to join them on the allied front, I can't see the situation getting any better in the coming decades.

 

 

It is all so unbelievably sad I'm short of words. I hope you stay OK, and I hope it rains

 

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I really hope my trichos stand up to any fires. I know they can tolerate a little bit but it remains to be seen how well smallish plants can handle it. Lack of rain over the last couple years has meant my cacti have'n put on as much growth as I'd have liked.

 

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