By Lambert Strether of Corrente

Patient readers, I must finish up a post on Twitter. Talk amongst yourselves! This is an open thread. –lambert

Contact information for plants: Readers, feel free to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, to (a) find out how to send me a check if you are allergic to PayPal and (b) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary plants! If you want your handle to appear as a credit, please place it at the start of your mail in parentheses: (thus). Otherwise, I will anonymize by using your initials. See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. From AG:

AG writes: “The plant is the very fragrant Horsemint (Agastache urticifolia), which grows at higher elevations of the Sierras. These ones were at 5,600 feet, in a meadow near some seeps. Plants can range from 3 feet tall to over six feet in favorable conditions. The bird is a Rufous Hummingbird, nectaring on its migration from Canada to parts south. There has been a big decline in their numbers as their low–elevation migratory feeding areas are wiped out—just too far between the ‘islands’ that remain… Although we grow lots of Epilobiums for them on our property, we saw just one this year…”

Readers: Water Cooler is a standalone entity not covered by the annual NC fundraiser. So if you see a link you especially like, or an item you wouldn’t see anywhere else, please do not hesitate to express your appreciation in tangible form. Remember, a tip jar is for tipping! Regular positive feedback both makes me feel good and lets me know I’m on the right track with coverage. When I get no donations for five or ten days I get worried. More tangibly, a constant trickle of donations helps me with expenses, and I factor in that trickle when setting fundraising goals:

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If you hate PayPal, you can email me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, and I will give you directions on how to send a check. Thank you!

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