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    On the Other Side of Town

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    March 17, 2021. This is another photo the frozen Nation River, but from a different location, this time downstream from town and below the falls (you can see some open water to the right from the falls). It was my second day out on the bicycle, an 11 km jaunt,…
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    Down by the River

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    March 16, 2021. Today was the first day out on the bicycle for 2021 and I rode down to the river near the highway to get a photo of its still-frozen surface. With warm days the rest of the week the ice won’t last long. Today I had a couple…
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    Du Boise

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    March 15, 2021. I was able to go walking again today and crossed a ditch 9getting a soaker in the process) to get this photo of the woods along Du Boise Street. A good part of my day was spent working on file upload, which works great on my website…
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    Emma on the RedBlack

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    March 14, 2021. It was another indoor day partially because of the weather and partially because of my health. So we get a cat picture taken with my phone. Nothing accomplished today, though I did get my bicycles given their spring tune-ups first thing in the morning. https://flic.kr/p/2kLjgiF
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    Casselman Railway Station

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    March 13, 2021. This is the Casselman railway station as seen from the other side of the tracks (and behind a fence, so you can’t simply cross over). Not too cold today, perfect for a longer walk than usual. Other than driving to the pharmacy in the city and walking,…
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    Snow Squall

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    March 12, 2021. We’re not out of winter yet, as this unusually fierce overnight snow squall demonstrated. I didn’t get out today – I’m being bothered by some sort of pain that might be a muscle pull, kidney stone, or who knows what else? It’s very distracting and it makes…
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    Sunset

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    This is a bonus photo of the day because I like how it came out. It’s a photo looking back at Doran park taken on my daily walk. It wasn’t quite this dark, but it does capture the way the sky looked. https://flic.kr/p/2kK8ydS
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    Dove

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    March 11, 2021. The doves have returned from their migration, stopping to feed at their usual spot before settling in. I took this photo through the window; hence the reflection of the glass. Today was another day spent fine-tuning the look and feel, and each day the progress is faster…
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    Cardinal Heights Cedar

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    March 10, 2021. I did a quick loop around Cardinal Heights, the neighbourhood just north of the Costco in Ottawa, and took this HDR image of a particularly interesting cedar. Otherwise, my sole focus was still on CSS and Javascript, but I cracked some key puzzles and made good progress.…
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    Bobblehead

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    March 9, 2021. I’ve been playimng with HDR photos the last few days so I tried this one in low light in my office of a Jeff Bannister bobblehead. I got it a number of years when I watched a ball game in Arlington, Texas. I did exactly two things…
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    Fire Hydrant

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    March 8, 2020. The cold weather is in retreat and it was almost nice out for my walk today, though there’s still enough snow on the ground to surround this fire hydrant (it’s old multi-layered paint job appeals to me). I woke up early in order to be ready for…
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    Companion Animal

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    March 7, 2021. This is me and my companion animal in No Man’s Sky. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which one is which. I was able to enjoy it for an hour or so this evening. Otherwise, I spent the entire day preparing for my talk tomorrow.…
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    The Water Tower

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    March 6, 2021. This is Casselman’s water tower taken from a parking lot along Principale, from a longer-than-usual walk today. I played a bit with HDR, shooting bracketed photos with the camera and merging them in Lightroom. I otherwise spent the entire day preparing slides and websites for my presentation…
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    Super-Mailbox

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    March 5, 2021. These were called super-mailboxes when they were first installed, but nobody really liked them, and I don’t think they’re called super-anything any more. As you can see from the photo, it was another bright brisk day with a stiff cold wind. Good day today working on my…
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    Fry Thyme

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    March 4, 2021. There was a time when Ottawa was well-known for its chip wagons. These wagons (trailers, really) dispensed greasy thick-cut well-salted french fries that were to die for. We’re past that now, but there’s still a good representation of semi-mobile eateries, including this (currently closed) site at the…
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    Shelf Cat

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    March 3, 2021. This is Charlemagne resting in a nook just behind my chair in the kitchen. It’s a place where he can be secure but close to where things are happening. Today was day 2 of the furnace issues, but I think we have them sorted out. Otherwise, I…
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    Lexi and the RedBlacks

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    March 2, 2021. It’s a cat photo, so you know my day was disrupted. The goblins of technology attacked us today, making it a bit stressful. When I woke up it was cold and the furnace wasn’t running. We also had issues with the wifi. The scale started reporting my…
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    Woodpecker

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    March 1, 2021. I spotted this very large and healthy woodpecker along the Nation River on my daily walk. Today was a good day: I started by giving back-to-back presentations to different groups, both of which went well, then I successfully ran a gRSShopper image. https://flic.kr/p/2kGfpUq
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    The Subdivision

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    February 28, 2021. This was taken from my walk today, looking across the tracks at the new subdivision. When we moved here this was all forest. Obviously I preferred the forest, but we still live in a rural area just a short walk from other forests and farmland and everything…
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    Birch and Branches

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    February 27, 2021. I went out snowshoeing again today, paused to take a photo, and pitched forward as the snow gave out. I found myself trapped and unable to get up, my legs pinned by the snowshoes wedged in cement-like snow. “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” I said…
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    Behind the A&W

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    February 26, 2021. If you’re going to stack bread trays, why not stack them all fit together squarely? Anyhow, this was the view behind the A&W near the Costco on Ogilvie Road. After a couple of days off, I got my regular walk in today. I also made quite a…
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    Emma

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    February 25, 2021. This is Emma on the upper landing preening for the camera. It was another indoor day today because I was expecting a package that never came (new shoes for biking season, so there’s no rush). I recorded a couple of videos today, one of which had a…
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    Two Spruce

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    February 24, 2021. We had a third straight day of snow and I made it an indoor day today, taking a photo of these two spruce in our front yard after supper in the evening. I cleared up some remaining issues with my gRSShopper configuration but mostly spent my time…
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    Snow and Cedars

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    February 22, 2021. It snowed pretty much all day today. This is a shot of some neighbourhood cedars in the snowfall, taken on my daily walk. Today was reasonably productive: I did a video session, wrong a blog post, and read a bunch of things/ But my early afternoon I…
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    Larose Forest

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    February 21, 2021. We went snowshoeing in Larose Forest this afternoon, our longest of the season at 4.5 km on a beautiful sunny and not-too-cold day. This looks as if it would be a one-in-a million catch of a pine cone, but I looked around and saw two others just…
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    White Trees

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    February 20, 2021. No need for any photos today beyond this one I took in the first 30 seconds of the day. This is what it looked like outside when I woke up this morning. I did not sleep at all well last night, as a result of taking the…
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    The 4802

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    February 19, 2021. This train, which proved to be much shorter than I thought it would be, passed by in the snowstorm just as I was heading out for my walk. I spent the entire day today attending the Canada School of Public Services data Conference, attended online by some…
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    Dead Tree Walking

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    February 18, 2021. It’s hard when the tree in your front yard dies but this household made the best of it. I spent part of today walking around the Gloucester area listening to a government data conference and taking this photo. It was that kind of day – I actually…
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    Pipes

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    February 17, 2021. I revisited our local construction site. The mystery deepens. That’s a lot of pipes for a few houses. Anyhow, work continues despite the cold and snow. For me, it was a full day focused on Research Ethics Board duties. It makes for a long day, but it…

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