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    Dragonfly

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    This is a dragonfly (six-spotted skimmer) from the Reveler Conservation Area, where we went for a short hike this morning. I’m a little stiff from yesterday, but not really very stiff at all. Today was spent watching the ball game and working with photos. Here’s the whole set of beautiful…
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    Kars

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    June 12, 2021. This is the United Church in Kars, which is a village across the Rideau River from Osgoode. Kars was the furthest point of my 135 km bike ride today. It’s a very quiet community but without any real services, aside from neighbourhood churches and schools. As you…
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    Emma

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    June 11, 2021. This is Emma photographed up close withthe macro lens. This is the last of my days on European time as I close out my involvement with the FairsFair book sprint. I also had the time this morning (aka noon European time) to do a quick ride out…
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    Grass

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    June 10, 2021. This is the top end of a stalk of grass on the front lawn. We mow the lawn… but not all of the lawn. Today was the last FAIRsFAIR meeting, and then was followed by several hours of AiP program kickoff meeting, during which I got some…
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    Ragweed

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    June 9, 2021. I think this is some sort of ragweed, though I can’t be sure. It’s growing alongside the driveway. Still on European time and missing being out in the beautiful summer weather. Though I did get to drive Andrea to the dentist. https://flic.kr/p/2m4Qmd1
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    Trefoil

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    June 8, 2021. This is a birdfoot trefoil along with the tail end of some green insect I don’t recognize. I capture a lot of insects on these flower photos, which is funny, because I never see them when I’m actually taking the photo. Same as yesterday: early morning European…
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    Fleabane

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    June 7, 2021. This is fleabane, which can be found on both the front and back lawn. I like it, though I guess it’s a weed. I’ve been working on JSON import-export, but as is so often the case, I needed to fix something to make it work, then to…
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    Vankleek Hill

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    June 5, 2021. These owls watch over Vankleek Hill, the destination for my first long bicycle ride of the year, 103 km for the round trip. I started just after 6 am (which made it just after 12 European time) and was home before the worst of the heat in…
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    Daisies

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    June 4, 2021. Got out for a quick 25 km ride after work today and photographed these daisies. Today was another FAIRsFAIR meeting on European time, and I focused more on letting things go and learning what I can from the experience, which resulted in some good posts for OLDaily,…
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    Charlemagne

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    June 3, 2021. This is another attempt to photograph a cat with the macro lens. They don’t like to sit still for photos, but Charlemagne held this post just long enough. Still on European time, but spent the full work day working on data exports from gRSShopper. https://flic.kr/p/2m3Xnqt
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    Clover

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    June 2, 2021. There’s a lot going on in the humble clover. This specimen was found in the bright sunshine on the front lawn. It survives in a harsh environment by keeping low to the ground, and yet is surprisingly nourishing and occasionally lucky. Today was my second day on…
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    Tiny Pink Flower

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    June 1, 2021. This is a tiny tiny pink flower growing in the shade at the very back of our in our back yard. It is a bit wider across than a blade of grass. Today was my first day on European time as I was up early for a…
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    Julia

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    May 31, 2021. If it weren’t for cat photos, photo of the day wouldn’t exist. This is me trying to get a cat picture with the macro lens – as you can see, I didn’t get that close. It was the best I could do after a full day focused…
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    Unknown Purple Flowers

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    May 29, 2021. I have no idea what these purple flowers are. I saw them on the side of the road near the eastern Larose forest on a bike ride, and they were striking (I took a number of photos). Then, from the same location (basically standing in the ditch…
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    Tiny White Flower

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    May 28, 2021. This is a tiny white flower growing near the back of our back yard (see the blades of grass as a size comparison), This photo replaces the one I actually took of the same flower on Friday, because I accidentally deleted it. I spent all day Friday…
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    Inside the Rose

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    May 27, 2021. This is looking down into a parking lot rose at the Timmies in Gloucester. Just a short walk today; my lower ab muscles are still bothering me. The highlight for the day is the Jay-Yankees double header (still on as I type this). https://flic.kr/p/2m28cmi
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    On the Hill

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    May 26, 2021. I don’t know what this flower is but I found it on a forested hill overlooking the Nation river on my short daily walk. Today was a bit of a wash as I struggled with some code to make my find function work properly. This should be…
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    Insect Inn

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    May 25, 2021. I spotted this tiny lodgings for insects along the road just outside Limoges on my longest bike ride of the year. In all I put in 55km wrapped around a short visit to see family in Embrun (and yes, they’re doing fine). I’m still very bruised from…
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    Maidenhair Fern

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    May 23, 2021. This is at the far back of our back yard, where it’s shady and damp. I took it with the macro lens but it’s large enough the 50 would have done just as well. We were planning to hike today but being tired and sore I figured…
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    Lilacs and Bee

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    May 22, 2021. I was out today taking photos of small things, including this bee on some lilacs near Reveler Conservation Area. I’m getting better with the new macro lens, but like everything it takes practice. You can see them all here. Went for about a 50km ride today,…
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    Toad

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    May 21, 2021. The macro lens arrived today and this is one of my first few shots with it, our resident toad in the back yard. Today was supposed to be a vacation day, but it was all messed up because I didn’t get enough sleep, missed a meeting that…
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    Ash With Beetle

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    May 20, 2021. If you look carefully you can see a beetle knee-deep in the white flowers. This is the ash in our back yard. Yesterday’s bike ride left me a little sore so I took the day off today but should be back out tomorrow – I’m taking a…
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    Shelf Fungus

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    May 19, 2021. This is a fungus growing on a cut tree near a small unnamed creek just north of St-Albert. I was able to retrieve my bicycle today from the Russell Fire Station and felt well enough to do a loop to St-Albert and back. I’ve been pretty productive…
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    Inside Tulips

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    May 18, 2021. This is a look inside our tulips on the front lawn. It was taken with my new 50 mm lens, a replacement for the one destroyed in my crash on Saturday. The photo also benefited from a polarized filter, HDR and Topaz Denoise AI. After all that,…
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    Weir

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    May 17, 2021. This is the weir on the Nation Rivcer at Casselman. I took a 2km hobble there and back this afternoon to try to work my aching muscles back into shape. Today started out with back-to-back meetings first thing, then I got some project writing done and the…
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    Lilacs

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    May 16, 2021. The lilacs in the front yard are almost in full bloom. This might have been my 50mm lens’s last photo, as it appears to have been a victim of yesterday’s crash – the glass just popped out; I pushed it back in to take the photo, but…
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    Farm Equipment

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    May 16, 2021. It was a beautiful warm sunny Saturday, perfect for a bike ride. I thought I might visit family; there was no answer when I called so I figured I’d swing around Russell and see if they were in on the way back. I never made it past…

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