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    McDougall Park

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    July 5, 2019. Today’s ride was to Russell and back. Humidex: 40 degrees or more, distance: 55 km. It was my fastest run of the year and actually felt pretty good most of the way. That’s about it for today. https://flic.kr/p/2grZ4BZ
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    Warwick Forest

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    July 4, 2019. Spotted this interesting rose (?) in Warwick Forest, where I had lunch on my 54 km ride on a sweltering 32 degree day to Finch and back. That was pretty much my day, though I also did a newsletter and spent some time looking for ways to…
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    Mastodon

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    July 3, 209. We ran some errands in the city – including a trip to the camera shop to get the sensor cleaned on the D750. This mastodon lives just outside the Museum of Nature in downtown Ottawa. https://flic.kr/p/2gqBLEV
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    Bearbrook Church

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    July 2, 2019. I went on a 67 km ride today, tacking the loop to Vars that gave me a lot of trouble the last time out. This time was much better – I added an extra segment that took me to Bearbrook (on Russell Road) and despite 32 degree…
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    Japanese Dancer

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    July 1, 2019. It was a brilliantly beautiful summer day and we went to the baseball game featuring Ottawa Champions against the Shikoku Island All Stars. It was great watching the Japanese players and we also enjoyed the culture and festivities. https://flic.kr/p/2gpxpXM
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    2019-06-30-1316

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    June 30, 2019. Enallagma cyathigerum (common blue damselfly, common bluet, or northern bluet) in our backyard. Quiet day spent napping, watching the ball game, messing with some code, and playing No Man’s Sly. https://flic.kr/p/2goajDA
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    Turkey Vulture

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    June 29, 2019. Went on a nice 66 km ride to Kenmore and back on a steaming hot day with moderate wind. Best speed of the year, by far. On the way back (right where I had my flat the other day, within a few feet) I spotted a flock…
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    Storm Front

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    June 28, 2019. Some interesting weather today spotted outside my office window. Last day before vacation, started utterly nothing new today, but got some reading done and worked a bit on content addressable resources. https://flic.kr/p/2gn23bc
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    Construction

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    June 26, 2019. We had people up on the roof bright and early this morning to replace our old wind-torn roof with a shiny new wind-proof roof. Meanwhile I spent the day setting up registration for the 2019 E-Learning 3.0 course and reading for OLDaily. https://flic.kr/p/2gku4KJ
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    Milkweed Flower Buds

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    June 25, 2019. It has taken us a few years to coax our milkweeds into flowering but this year we have been successful, as an abundance of milkweed buds demonstrates. Meeting today and then an online seminar – we called it a ‘photoconference’ because the video was so bad we…
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    Steering Wheel Spider

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    June 24, 2019. The perils of living in the country – I was greeted by this visitor in my car as I got ready to drive into the office today. I very gently brushed him out the window. Quiet day spent mostly updating my publications list (still). https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephen_downes/48123451066…

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    Sulphur Cinquefoil

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    June 23, 2019. We have a lone specimen of this sulphur cinquefoil in our back yard (in what is proving to be a bountiful year for wildflowers out back). Quiet, relaxed day today after yesterday’s bruising trip on the bicycle, watching my Jays take out the BosSox again.…

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    South Nation River

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    June 22, 2019. This is km 57 in my 62 km ride to Vars today. It’s also where I had a flat tire. It didn’t take long to repair, though, even after I had been tossed around all day by a strong wind.…

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    Foul Ball

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    June 21, 2019. An elevated pitch and he was just a bit under it, sending the ball into the stands. It was a beautiful evening for a doubleheader. @OttawaChampions…

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    Geraniums

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    June 20, 2019. More work on publications today, plus an interview with a PhD student looking at attitudes regarding social media (which was quite fun). These are the geraniums now out on the back porch – the one that looks dead is the one that was unpotted last year by …

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    Raspberry Flower

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    June 18, 2019. This is a raspberry flower in our front yard, with the photo taken at dusk. I had four meetings today in what was overall a pretty good day. One of them was a podcast interview that will be released in a couple weeks. https://flic.kr/p/2ggLikq
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    Los cubanos

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    June 16, 2019. We finally got to see the Cuban national baseball team today as they played a doubleheader – we saw all of the first and part of the second before heading to Bella Vista for a Father’s Day get together with family. Lovely day; too much sun, maybe,…
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    Glow Fair in the Rain

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    June 15, 2019. It was a nice plan – go to the Glow Fair downtown and then catch the Cuban National baseball team playing the Ottawa Champions. The ball game was rained out, and the Glow Fair was just rained on. Still, we persisted, taking in as much as there…
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    Milkweed

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    June 14, 2019. We have a bountiful crop of milkweed in our back yard, carefully cultivated over a number of years to provide food for monarch butterflies. Good day today, got some stuff done, including an evaluation report on a funding proposal. https://flic.kr/p/2geJkRP
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    The Neighbour’s Backstop

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    June 13, 2019. This consriction sticks up above a very large hedge between the yards. It reminds me of the backstop we built in our yards when I was a kid (my father and I built it). Ours was *way* better, with four sturdy posts and proper chain link fencing,…
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    Common Ringlet

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    June 12, 2019. Spent the day catching up on a backlog of recordings, publications, and other stuff that needed to be added to my website. This Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia) was enjoying the sunshine in the back yard. https://flic.kr/p/2gdbVXm
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    Dewberry Trail

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    June 11, 2019. I went for a ride on Dewberry Trail in Mer Bleu after work today – I left a bit early because I’m also presenting online tonight at 10 (still in the future as I type this). The morning I spent studying Git some more (it’s a brilliant…
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    Dinking from the Tap

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    June 10, 2019. Busy and productive day. After a short meeting, I spent the rest of the day working on revisions to a paper, which I sent off in the afternoon. That was it; evening of rest, including making sure the cat has a nice stream of fresh cold water…
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    Yellow Field

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    June 6, 2019. What caught my eye was the brilliant shade of yellow-green this field on Anderson Road showed, so I had to get a photo, even though I knew it wouldn’t really capture it. More work on reveal.js and Github, and I prepared a set of slides for a…
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    Grass

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    June 5, 2019. Spent a day working on GitHub – my objective here is to create for myself a rock-solid knowledge of GitHub (which has eluded me for so long) so I can use it for OER projects. This is grass outside the bathroom window. https://flic.kr/p/2gaeUGS
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    First Butterfly

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    June 4, 2019. This is the first butterfly of the year, seen through the screen window. I went around for a better photo, but it flew away before I could take it. Short team meeting, then work on slides.js and reveal.js as experiments in HTML. https://flic.kr/p/2gaesbr

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