Plant destruction in my backyard.

My camera is broken, so I borrowed one and took these pictures in my yard last week. I live south of Baltimore, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County.

There has been no frost yet this year. Early in the summer, there was a lack of rain, and the lawn turned brown. But there was no official drought declaration here. The damage did not appear until the rains started again in July.

I planted morning glories under a canopy, which protects them (mostly) from rain:

Morning glory leaves protected from rain

But some of the leaves get dripped on from the edge of the canopy:

Morning glory leaves subject to drips of rain from canopy

I had also planted morning glories along a fence, which produced flowering foliage across it. After a rainstorm in late July or early August, they all died (except for one plant which died later):

Morning glories subject to full rain. They died 3 days after a rainstorm.

Fruit trees fruited extremely prolifically this year or last year. Now they are distressed or dead:

This peach tree yielded an enormous amount of peaches in 2011. No fruit this year. Now it’s dead.

Lots of walnuts from this tree this year, too many

Pear tree, which fruited prolifically last year, little or no fruit this year

The plant damage was compared with autoradiographs from leaves from Japan and Chernobyl. This gives a visual representation as to how radiation is distributed in the leaf:

Pear leaf compared to autoradiograph of cypress leaf from Iitate Village, Japan (Prof. Mori’s WINEP blog)

Pear leaf compared to autoradiograph of plantain leaf from Chernobyl (Yablokov, Nesterenko, and Nesterenko)

36 thoughts on “Plant destruction in my backyard.

  1. I just wanted to add that hyper-prolific growing and amounts of plant fruiting is caused by radiation. The opposite is also true, sometimes it means the plant doesn’t bear any fruit.

    This occurred at Chernobyl, and there is a chapter in the Yablokov book (available on the blogroll) about this, along with other effects on plants, including mutations.

  2. The picture of the tree (peach I think) losing it’s bark scared me. I have been reading about how trees near nuke plants lose their bark, usually on the side facing the nuke plant. Great pictures Bobby, thanks for sharing these.

    • Thanks, there’s more coming, I recently visited 5 state and county parks in the area. Every tree, bush and weed in all of them are damaged.

  3. The morning glory leaves under the canopy got rained on by the horizontal rain from the hurricane. Now they are curling up and dying like everything else. This thing is 90% rain, 10% air.

  4. Azalea bloomed in October in Hokkaido with dead leaves *photos*

    Azalea found blooming in Muroran city Hokkaido. It normally blooms in April and May.

    10 flowers are blooming on 2 trees, but the leaves are dead. In the same area, moss phlox was found having 10 flowers blooming too, which blooms in April and May.

    The local citizens presume it’s because of the abnormal weather. …

  5. After all the rain yesterday, the fungus is officially rolling again, after the winter break. I look at the peach tree out the window every day, and the hole in the bark has expanded since yesterday. There are no buds on this tree, but it’s too early to tell if this is meaningful. The pear tree has buds, though.

  6. With a certain amount of radiation exposure, increased yields of seeds and fruit in plants are found.

    When radiation is increased further, yields drop.

    In 2011, my peach tree and pear tree yielded huge amounts of fruit.

    In 2012, the peach tree and pear tree yielded no fruit, while my walnut tree and Vgirl’s plum tree had increased yields.

    I just calculated how much radiation it would take for this to happen.

    OH SHIT!!!

        • The initial confusion came from the confusion of external and internal radiation. The least amount of external radiation that would have the inhibitory effect on the peach and pear trees is 5 sieverts.

          But according to Chris Busby and the ECRR, internal radiation is 600-1,000 times worse than external radiation, on humans. We don’t know what the multiplier is for plants, and also each plant species has its own multiplier. Obviously peaches and pears are more radiosensitive than walnuts and plums.

          With 5 sieverts external radiation, most of us would be dead in 2 years.

        • Also, the wave of ozone, PANs and VOCs that came through in July, killed my morning glories, and caused extensive leaf and fungus damage, came after I observed that the tree fruiting was inhibited. So the plant damage that Gail and I have talked about came after the radiation damage, it’s over and above and on top of it.

      • On the field trip last October, we found massive leaf damage… oak leaf galls, which appeared in Chernobyl. We did not see plant mutations (like California has), but these may take years to show up.

        I’d say radiation here is near the level of the border of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, maybe a little more or less.

        • If it turns out that there’s a whole lot of tritium, this estimate would be reduced… tritium has a stronger effect on plants relatively to humans than other isotopes. On the other hand, if the tritium is coming from the Pacific, that means it’s going to keep coming.

      • After Chernobyl, the areas in Europe outside of Ukraine & Belarus had plant stimulation effects. The level of radiation that shuts down plant metabolism was only in highly contaminated areas.

        There are 4 trees here. In 2011, 2 of them were stimulated. 2 had no effects.

        In 2012, 2 of them shut down, 2 of them were stimulated.

        In 2013, ?

        This is much worse than the atmospheric bomb tests of the 50s and 60s. Back then, the problem was radiation in the food. Now, the problem is growing any food at all.

      • Oh, and in 2013… I have an evergreen bush next to the fence. Yesterday, I slammed the gate shut, and it shook the fence. Immense clouds of pollen came out of the bush… billowing…

    • The earth is a unified organism. Humans are attacking this organism in many different ways.

      Think of the earth like the human body. If you attack the liver, there will be damage to the kidneys. Damage to both liver and kidneys will harm the pancreas. There is interaction and potentiation with each different assault.

      Ozone and organic pollutants attack the lungs. Radiation attacks the brain. Climate change attacks the heart. The earth’s immune system will correctly identify the pathogen as the plague of humans. It will not distinguish innocent children from adult nuke sociopaths. They’ve all got to go. There will be collateral damage to other species as well, in the plant and animal kingdoms. This is necessary to preserve the life of the organism.

      The main way that the earth’s immune system attacks the plague of humans is with fungi and cyanobacteria. They thrive on radiation. They sequester radioactive substances, as well as organic pollutants. They thrived in the early days of earth when radiation levels were much higher than now.

      So the main thing that will finish off the human race is not radiation itself, but fungi and cyanobacteria. They are already apparent in Japan, in the form of the “black substance.” This substance is now also destroying Hawaii’s coral reefs. It will arrive on the west coast of the US when the contaminated seawater does, towards the end of the year.

      • disturbingly rings true in my heart. You did what the author of “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” did by comparing the earth to the human body as he compared the human body to that of the body of Christ and the parallels. Very interesting tho frightening prospect. genius.

        • So many people are bemoaning the fact the mankind is destroying the earth. They assume that the earth is a passive soulless machine that will simply die. The truth is the earth will fight back, and is fighting back.

          It reminds of that 70s commercial.. “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”

  7. I was looking at oak trees in Vgirl’s back yard… the same kind of leaf damage that occurred last year is starting to show up in oak leaves. There are holes in the leaves, they are starting to curl up.

    • Yes Bobby, we just took down huge dead limbs over the last few weeks, big ones. The same day we saw several ppl cutting big limbs throughout the neighborhood as we drove thru. The trees on either side of route 70 were completely dead, no crap and behind them it was mostly green. Like where the wind dipped down and followed the highway it killed all the trees it touched where it was concentrated. Jill and I marveled at how this was so.

  8. Same kind of leaf damage showing up now, especially the walnut tree. More than at any time last year. I looked up surface ozone levels, they are lower than they were in 2012, but only slightly higher than last year.

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