December 2009 Archives
It is of a hop flower, except it was taken when the hops were still alive. It turned out a lot better than my dried hop flower, so I'm using it here. Sadly, the hop plant itself managed to walk off while I had the flu.
The hop plant is female, and I haven't seen any hermaphroditic changes. No "flower" parts besides what are probably mixtures of petals and sepals are visible.
It is interesting that the petals or sepals have different names. Bracts and bracteole. The pedicel is called a stig. Ah well. Oh, and I assumed the ovaries are near the lupulin glands. The texts say that the eggs form near the stig, but I can't see anything.
This second flower is a much more useless flower [for this assignment]. It was found over in the Como area natural garden area. It was about 3mm long. Here's a really zoomed in view:
I found this picture to be incredibly annoying. It was impossible to get a zoomed in picture of it due to it's size. I also labelled an ovary section, but couldn't tell if there were male, female, or both parts.
As a final insult, I couldn't figure out what kind of plant it was becuase the flowers on the little marker thing at the garden didn't seem like the flower I was looking at.
Anyways, this first plant was found over by the bus stop on east bank. It doesn't really have any reason to be alive besides the wonderfully warm and not snowy at all winter we've been having. It's like a 3-month long fall!
Seriously though, there hadn't been any deep freezes, so the bush probably just kept alive. Good for it, I think. I should see it later tonight, so I may come back and comment on how it's doing now (well, besides the snow)
Next up, we have this weedy thing I found over by Tate Labaratory of Physics. Now, some may say that it's alive because of all the hot air from the physicists, but that's mean! Close proximity to the building probably helped the plant stay alive while all the grass around it killed off the leaves due to the cold.
[To be honest, I can't remember if this was taken at Tate lab, or on the walkway up to Northrup from the Mall. I have a suspicion it was the latter]
Obviously, different breans have different colors. Other than that, I've never done a side-by-side tasting of different beans, and have never actually noticed a difference myself between beans. As the internet tells me there are differences, and I have a base assumption that people aren't all insane, there probably is a difference.
Oh! I figured out what was wrong with the computer/camera system.
The camera clock is ahead, so the pictures didn't show up until the time on the computer was past the time on the pictures. Fun!
This bottle of olive oil states very clearly that it is from Italy. On the back of the bottle, however, it says that it is from Spain, Mexico, and the United States, and it was packaged in Italy. Maybe Italy is just better known for their olives than Mexico and the marketing strategy is to make the best use of its origins in Italy for consumer purposes.
If it were from anywhere else would people even buy it? This bottle of wine is marketed using its area of origin as a way of signaling to the consumer that the quality of this wine is high because it is from a vineyard in California.
This pasta is actually very high-quality stuff. I got it from Costco. I probably shouldn't have bought it, in fact, because it's way too nice for my lifestyle. I'm used to the generic brand of creamette pasta, and this stuff is much smoother, without that nasty "I'm a cheap noodle!" aftertaste.
I normally just buy this flour because it's about as cheap as the other flours, and I know that it's packaged at least pretty close to where I live, so there's just less driving to be done from that perspective. And that's pretty important to me. But as for quality? It makes just as good of home-baked whole wheat bread as any other flour I've used.
This marketing strategy really plays up the fact that these small tomatoes were grown in the U.S. (listing 4 separate states).
The red wine above was produced in the Bordeaux Region of France, an exclusive area with a unique climate and other environmental factors that are highly favorable for producing renowned wines.
The cherry product above is being marketed as from Door County, Wisconsin. I have relatives in Door County and am somewhat familiar with the area, which has developed a specialized niche for cherry production. It is not uncommon to see roadside shops in door county that sell only cherries and cherry products grown locally, and for good reason; they are delicious, especially in pie.
This is a bottle of cider that was made in Vermont. I think they are marketing where the apples were grown to make the cider.
The sticker on this apple says it is a Haralson apple from Pepin Heights, MN. Seeing an apple from Minnesota gives me the feeling that it was freshly picked.
The top photo is a picture of Minnesota cultivated wild rice. Minnesota is the largest producer of wild rice in the nation, in part due to our many bodies of water. I think it works from a marketing aspect calling it Minnesota because people know it comes from here, they've heard of it, and it's within the US it's not foreign. The bottom picture is of a champion natural raisins bag, which on the bag writes 'California raisins' because that's where they originated, and that is where a lot of grapes are grown. It may be an indication of quality, not just a marketing scheme.
This is an orange being marketed as from Chile. I haven't tried it yet, but I think it probably tastes the same as an orange from somewhere else.
These potatoes are from Wisconsin, and clearly being marketed as such. They do not taste any different from most potatoes but, as I am from Wisconsin the marketing clearly worked because I bought them!
1) This is olive oil that apparently came from the holy land; however, if you look up the company you find that they shipped it into the US from Canada. Olive Oil from Israel is supposedly the best in the world, because they used it in rituals and therefore had to produce the best/purest oil for sacrifice(s).... The Image explains it all:
(As always click the image to see the full sized picture.)
2) Here are Banana's from Mexico (see the left blue label). Apparently most banana's around here already come from Mexico or around there so don't know if there is a specific appeal of Mexican banana's over other locations.
I found an Ice Mountain water bottle that listed all of the streams the water comes from in the States.
My other food was maple syrup. The label said it came from Canada.
This is a bush actually right outside the Plant Growth Facility. As you can see, it has gone to seed, and the seeds have all dried up, ready to be blown away or transported in some other fashion, but despite the multiple frosts we've had so far, the leaves are still intact.
This is a cool rainbow-y plant that is also located outside the PGF. Once again, regardless of the frost, the plant still has most of its leaves intact --- though they do look a bit damaged.