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    One Last Look

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    May 23, 2022. This is one last look at the forest at my campsite in Voyageur Provincial Park. After a very cold night freezing in my light sleeping bag, I cycled 75 km back to Casselman, then got in the car, drove back to the park, and picked up all…
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    More Voyageur

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    May 22, 2022. Scene in Voyageur Provincial park as I cycled today to9 Hawkesbury and back. I was a little surprised at the impact of the storm (it’s not like I had a lot of news while camping) and the continuing power outage. It also got a lot colder while…
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    At Camp

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    May 21, 2022. At camp in the morning after cycling in the day before, ahead of my planned ride to Rigaud. It was an eventful day punctuated by a huge storm that rolled through, knocking down trees and power lines in its path. https://flic.kr/p/2nnAmR1
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    Voyageur Provincial Park

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    May 20, 2022. This is the scene at the entrance to Voyageur Provincial Park, on the Ottawa River between Hawkesbury and Rigaud. I woke up early to deliver a presentation to a conference in Iran. Then I assembled all my gear and took it to the park. Then I drove…
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    The Wheel

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    May 19, 2022. Disassembled wheel with at least one ball bearing missing. Today was one of those days where anything that could go wrong did go wrong. I tried to repair my broken spoke, couldn’t get it to bend around the disc brake, and ended up wrecking the wheel. All…
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    Fence and Pond

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    May 18, 2022. This is a nice pastoral scene about half way from Casselman to St. Albert. I took the gravel bike on a nice ride before a scheduled bikepacking trip this weekend. And for the first time ever, had a problem with it, as I broke a spoke just…
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    Looking Outside

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    May 17, 2022. Julia on the shelf looking outside. Every morning starts the same way – I start the coffee, start the oatmeal, weigh myself, and then go over to the shelf where Julia is complaining that I’m too slow. Up she jumps, and then she gets a nice morning…
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    Encroachment

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    May 15, 2022. Our next door neighbour is slowly expanding his front lawn into ours.The actual property line (so far as I know) is three or four feet from his driveway. But they routinely mow well on to our side, they’ve trimmed our spruce trees and cut down our daylilies,…
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    Maxville

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    May 14, 2022. This is the distinctive tartan-clad water tower in Maxville., I cycled there and back today, 57km total, with 30 degree heat and a light breeze. The ride was a bit slower because I paused to take video a number of times, creating a YouTube video www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Cz7K3IIQU and…
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    New Crop

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    May 13, 2022. This is just outside Casselman, and is typical of some of the gigantic soybean fields we have around here. It’s changed a lot from when I was young and all of this was divided into fields and 100 acre farms. Today I gave a presentation on educational…
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    Tilling the Soil

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    May 11, 2022. A farmer near St. Albert tills the soil on a beautiful but breezy spring day. The weather has turned to HOT and I am enjoying being able to get out on the bicycle after work. Today was mostly about cleaning up and doing errands that stacked up…
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    Bretzler Family Farm

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    May 10, 2022. This farm is on the long way back from St.Albert. If you were wondering, this is what farms look like these days – the traditional barns and silos are a thing of the past. Beautiful warm day (at last!) and quite pleasant to cycle. Mostly spent the…
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    Spring Azure

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    May 8, 2022. This is a spring azure butterfly, small, flighty, hard to capture. With wings closed, like this, it looks a little brown, but when they’re flying you see the bright purple. We went to Bank Street to pick up some bicycle tubes (and ended up walking a couple…
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    Celebration of Life

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    May 7, 2022. This is my Aunt Marilyn, whose life we celebrated today. She passed away in the middle of the winter after a long and interesting life, and since there’s no rush to inter her urn, the early spring celebration allowed the entire family to get together, including some…
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    The Cows of St. Albert

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    May 5, 2022. This is a cow outside the St.Albert cheese factory, which is where I go on my regular 25km bike ride. I took this photo in the context of recording a TikTok video (I’m up to 156 TikTok followers now!). Had a bit of an issue with my…
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    Brown Thrasher

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    May 4, 2022. Andrea came rushing into my office saying, “There’s a new kind of bird.” She was quite right; it was a brown thrasher, which we haven’t seen before. Got new slippers today. Tried to start a No Man’s Sky Circumnavigation project that may have failed (there’s zero video).…
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    Nation Behind a Tree

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    May 3, 2022. This is a view of the Nation River along my cycling route (the usual 25km to St. Albert). Still practicing with the camera. Started the day with a couple of meetings, which means I’m not generally very productive thereafter. https://flic.kr/p/2nis7xL
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    Summerstown Forest

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    May 1, 2022. This is a wet section of Summerstown Forest – it’s pretty hilly and there are wet spots and good spots for trails. It was our first time in this forest and it was a good one. Lots of spring flowers just getting started (the flowers are all…
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    Trees and Pond

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    April 30, 2022. This is a pond at the far end of King Street in Limoges, right at the dead end near the highway. I was more concerned about learning teh Fujufilm X-T200 camera than getting great composition, so this is testing exposure, iso, depth of field and the rest.…
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    You Know You’re in Farm Country When…

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    April 29, 2022. This is a large tractor coming down the street in St. Albert, where I am on my normal 25 km training ride. Warmer today, but still pretty windy. Definitely not nice summer conditions. Still working on data literacy, though I made much less progress today. I’m really…
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    Muskrat

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    April 28, 2022. I thought it was a groundhog at first, but the muskrat’s hairless tail is distinctive. Taken alongside the Nation River on a quick loop to St.Albert and back. Cold today and windy. Good progress today on the appendices. https://flic.kr/p/2nhC8ND
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    String Time

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    April 26, 2022. Living with four cats means that your every activity is monitored and timed. Cats crave routine, and part of the daily routine is string time, after supper around seven (if I’m late for supper, or late for string time, I hear about it). A couple of meetings…
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    Tiny

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    April 25, 2022. I’ve been completing an expedition in No Man’s Sky this week – there’s a full playlist of video recordings if you’re interested (though I can’t imagine that you would be). Otherwise, it’s all data ethics all the time. https://flic.kr/p/2nhsssN
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    Turtles

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    April 24, 2022. We saw rows on rows of turtles sunning themselves in Mer Bleue today. WE also saw garter snakes mating, a wide variety of birds, and all sort of plants springing back to life. It almost feels like spring. Almost. https://flic.kr/p/2nhsfUD

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