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    Forest

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    May 30, 2020. In my mind I always think of Larose Forest as ‘the Emerald Forest’. This is a view of it as I cycled by on the way to Embrun to check in on family (family wasn’t home but their house is doing fine). Good ride today, enjoyable. https://flic.kr/p/2j7Y5X6
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    St. Albert

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    June 1, 2020. View of St. Albert from the bridge. Today was split between taking an ISC evaluators’ course, and working on ethics cides. I also took time to write a quick blog post. This is from my ride after work to St. Alberta and back, 24.7 km at an…
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    Creeping Phlox

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    May 29, 2020. These flowers are overflowing out of the little garden right in front of the house. It was another scorcher today, and yet I was indoors all day working extra hard to get a bunch of stuff done https://flic.kr/p/2j6S3Bi
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    Lilacs

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    May 26, 2020. The incredible heat wave continues. I made it out for a 25K ride in 33C heat. Today was otherwise planning and meeting day – I had sessions on Zoom, Teams and Meet. A multi-tool day. https://flic.kr/p/2j6CsKj
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    It’s Dead, Jim

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    May 28, 2020. More record-breaking heat, and our 13-year old air conditioning unit has died and has to be replaced. These pandemic days have been really hard – not on us, but on our house, which for some reason has chosen these few months to show the signs of wear.…
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    Emma and Charlemagne

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    May 27, 2020. I had big plans for today but instead spent the day writing a blog post. Time well spent, though. It was too hot outside to cycle, so I stayed in and comforted out cats – pictured here are Emma (top) and Charlemagne (bottom). https://flic.kr/p/2j6zWZU
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    Frog

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    April 24, 2020. This is a frog I saved from being squashed by traffic by herding it from the road to a nearby wetland. Today’s ride felt tougher even though it was only 55 km, but then I found I did it at a pace of 19.4 kph which explains…
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    May Flowers

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    May 23, 2020. I had a nice bounceback day today, cleaning my office to fight back against allergies, and doing a nice 66 km ride to Dunvegan (and a bit beyond) and back. My average speed was down to 17.2 kph, owing to the stiff breeze I was riding into,…
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    Maple Seeds and Flower

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    May 21, 2020. Detail of a maple tree in our back yard. Beautiful day today, but with Emma getting The Operation and our getting groceries, there was no time for cycling after work. Still, I was outside enough to at least enjoy the weather. And there’s going to be another…
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    Waiting

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    May 20, 2020. I was out for a quick bike ride again after work (one of the benefits of not commuting) and spotted this guy just hanging out in a field. Today was fully focused on the ethics paper (and specifically, studying librarian codes of ethics). https://flic.kr/p/2j44WPy
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    St. Albert Cow

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    May 19, 2020. I was still feeling a little under the weather but I convinced myself to take a brisk 24km ride after work and I felt a lot better after. Here’s a mural from the side of L’École élémentaire catholique Saint-Albert. Work today was a meeting and training for…
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    Tulips

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    May 18, 2020. I woke up still and sore from biking, took a pain pill and a nap and ended up with a sore stomach that felt like heartburn. I got a newsletter out but that’s about it; good thing today was a holiday. These tulips are in our front…
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    8600

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    May 16, 2020. This is CP engine 8600 pulling a very long train through eastern Ontario near Avonmore. Today I caught up on some email and did a brisk 50k ride to Avonmone and back. https://flic.kr/p/2j2Gwx7
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    House Sparrow

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    May 15, 2020. Cool and rainy today, nice for birds, less so for me. My new microphone arrived, so now I have good audio again. I played with some AI transcription, did my performance plan, updated the newsletter, read some stuff for ethics, and took some pitcures of birds. https://flic.kr/p/2j2tpna
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    Arcadia

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    May 13, 2020. I spent the full day reading and summarizing JIME articles from their recent special issue. After that I went for a quick 24 km ride – my first of the year on the road bike. The title of the photo is from the Jeopardy episode. https://flic.kr/p/2j1QX5H
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    Mountain Ash Bud

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    May 12, 2020. Today was a bit of a choppy day, as meeting days usually are. It was still cool outside (we’ve been setting record lows recently) and everything is just waiting. This is a mountain ash bud in our back yard. https://flic.kr/p/2j1qWRf
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    Early Spring Forest Flowers

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    May 10, 2020. It wasn’t snowing today so I was able to go for a bike ride. I took the gravel bike onto some new (to me) back roads and was rewarded with a wealth of early spring forest wildflowers. A I finished the Tri-Council Research Ethics course today. https://flic.kr/p/2iZLJBz
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    Holding Fort

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    May 9, 2020. I was up at 6 this morning to greet Adam from Velofix who came out in his mobile bicycle repair shop to do the annual tune-up for my bicycles. This is Lexi, also at 6, standing guard in the kitten fort and making sure kittens don’t get…
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    Sleeping

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    May 8, 2020. This is Charlemagne. He had The Operation yesterday, and has been recovering for the last 24 hours. For myself, today was doctor appointment day, which was done over the phone. The weather was cold and miserable, with snow, so there was no cycling. https://flic.kr/p/2iZaY6Z
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    Snowbirds

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    May 7, 2020. Today the Canadian precision flight team called the Snowbirds flew by Casselman as part of their cross-Canada morale-boosting tour. Do you see that tiny dot with the stream behind it? No, that’s not it, it’s a kite. But below that, do you see the five dots in…
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    Hyacinth

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    May 6, 2020. We’re not sure it’s a hyacinth, but for now, it’s the only flower in our front yard. Today was a mis-mash of ethics, newsletter, and other tasks, along with various comments to posts, and a quick trip to Costco. https://flic.kr/p/2iYG7hj
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    Geranium

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    May 4, 2020. Just a dull day, cold and rainy, too many Star Wars references. Normally by now I’d be planning and looking forward to summer vacation, but not this year. I’m hoping we at least get summer, but who knows? https://flic.kr/p/2iYFUwF
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    Taking Off

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    May 3, 2020. There was a stiff breeze today making biking diffifult, and the fresh gravel on the back roads can be traveled only by the slow gravel bike, but it’s all worthwhile for photos like this. https://flic.kr/p/2iXiCWh
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    Larose Forest East

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    May 2, 2020. I had a great day today. In the morning I wrote a big new chunk of my ethics book. In the afternoon it was a 40 km ride on the gravel bike over gravel, dirt, mud, etc., in the east Larose forest (it doesn’t appear on maps,…

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