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    Apple Bouquet

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    May 14, 2021. I liked the way this small cluster of apple blossoms were set against the trunk of the tree. This was taken on a short walk during a Costco trip. I had a couple of meetings today and did some project writing, along with the usual newsletter articles.…
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    Apple Blossoms

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    May 13, 2021. I was sure a couple years ago that the crabapple tree was not long for this world, but it has rebounded and this year has given us a spectacular blossom. I finished up the autopost feature today (which was more complex than I would have liked, and…
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    Little Castor River

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    May 12, 2021. I was able to get away for a brisk bike ride at the end of the day. This is the Little Castor River where it crosses a back road near Casselman. Today was Andrea’s vaccine day, so now we’re both partially protected (second jabs for both of…
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    Pink Trillium

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    May 11, 2021. I saw a number of pink trilliums in Forest Park today on a bike ride after work (which for the record was cold and wet). Got some paperwork done this morning and wrote a blog post this afternoon; a good day overall. The 30 km bike ride…
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    Violets

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    May 10, 2021. These tiny flowers (see blades of grass for comparison) grow all over our front lawn and back. Far better than plain grass! Today started with a presentation to EDEN, and in the afternoon I wrote a section for a report on AI for learning in the public…
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    The Trail Looks a Little Wet

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    May 9, 2021. We went for a hike in Pinhey Forest South today and found parts of the trail a little, um, wet. We had to trek through the brush to detour around this flooded bit. Still, it was a nice day, only a little rain and we found a…
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    Hidden Gem

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    May 8, 2021. Riding in the rain on gravel today I discovered this hidden gem behind a cedar hedge half way between Tayside and Moose Creek. It’s on a little back road called Norman Drive, and there are several other beauties along this rode. Overall, went just over 40 km…
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    The Cap

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    May 7, 2021. This is my well-worn Blue Jays cap sitting on the shelf behind my chair at the kitchen table. As you can see, the cats use that shelf a lot. Kind of a busy day today, all indoors, as I did a meeting and got actual working versions…
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    Apple Blossoms

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    May 6, 2021. These believe it or not were in the parking lot at a Tim Hortons. Nice day, a little cool, but good enough for a short walk. Did a disastrous video in the morning, then spent the afternoon figuring out what went wrong in the morning. Yes, I’ll…
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    Crabapple Blossoms

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    May 5, 2021. The crabapple tree in the back yard has appeared to have regained its health and looks like it will give us a full tree of blossoms this year. If the photo appears a bit dark it’s because it was taken outdoors on another cold, wet and grey…
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    Tulips

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    May 3, 2021. It was chilly and rainy all day but the tulips in the front yard added a nice splash of colour to the outdoors. I meanwhile spent the day chasing down a stupid Javascript problem that came out of nowhere to afflict my web project. It’s like that…
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    White Trillium

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    May 2, 2021. This is a white trillium, Ontario’s floral emblem, blossoming alongside the western train in Ottawa’s Greenbelt. This is the first time we’ve walked the trail. I have dozens of beautiful photos from the 13 km route from the Fallowfield rail station to the Rideau River and back…
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    Cows

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    May 1, 2021. I was just riding by on a small dirt road and the white cow to the left came trotting up to greet me, followed by the other two, so I had to stop and say hi. It was cold and windy today but I put 40 km…
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    More Snow

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    April 30, 2021. If you look closely you can see large white flakes of snow. It didn’t stay but that’s an indication of how awful the weather was. I finished off what was a pretty hard week by recording a video and learning about the HTML canvas element. https://flic.kr/p/2kW2aiV
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    Floodplain

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    April 29, 2021. I got out for a short bike ride after work today along a stretch of the Nation River that appears to have been flooded in the spring. It’s just a short stretch and not far from home, but I’ve been meaning to cycle along it for ages.…
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    Budding

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    April 27, 2021. These are buds just beginning to form on some shrubs beside the driveway in the front yard. Not sure what they are. My full day was devoted to preparing for my talk on Connectivism this evening, a two hour presentation with almost an hour of additional questions…
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    Settling In

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    April 28, 2021. This is Charlemagne settling in on the bed beside me this evening. There’s something about watching a cat just happily doing its thing oblivious to the world. I took part in an almost two-hour seminar first thing this morning with a task force working at a university…
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    Hyacinth

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    April 26, 2021. This small flower has appeared on the front lawn, and is at the moment the only flower on the front lawn. Work day today, starting with an 8:00 a.m. meeting (ugh), evaluations, and reading. I’m getting ready for two talks within 12 hours of each other starting…
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    Trillium

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    April 25, 2021. This is a trillium growing in the Pine Grove Forest, the same place where we walked last week (and saw them about to bloom). I had to get right down onto the ground to get this shot. Andrea and I managed about 4 km of slow walking…
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    Maple Sugar Shack

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    April 24, 2021. This is a maple sugar shack on a dirt road maybe 10 km from Casselman. I passed it while cycling very gingerly and very slowly on a 30km loop through St-Albert. The back is still tender but this was good exercise for it, the first time I’ve…
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    Screwdriver

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    April 23, 2021. This is a Robertson screwdriver, also known as an ANSI Type III Square Center screwdriver. It’s one of several I keep handy at my work desk and became my photo of the day for lack of anything else to photograph. Had a meeting today, a doctor’s checkup…
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    Nooooooooooo

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    April 21, 2021. Yes, that’s snow on the lawn. It snowed a good part of the day but by evening it was mostly gone and we were headed in a good direction again. I spent most of the day attending the CNIE online conference, which turned out to be pretty…
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    Almost Tulips

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    April 20, 2021. The tulips are trying, but it has been cool recently and it’s hard to start blooming in the snow, which is what we have predicted for tomorrow. Cool and windy today. Indoors at the CNIE conference all day, including giving a workshop this morning. https://flic.kr/p/2kU8gBK
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    Crabapple Tree

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    April 19, 2021. This is the crabapple tree in our back yard. It always seems like it’s barely alive but it’s trying again for another year. Nice sunny day but I spent it indoors working on my presentation for the CNIE conference while at the same time watching other peoples’…
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    Pine Grove Trail

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    April 18, 2021. Still no cycling but we got out for a short 3km walk along Pine Grove Trail today. As you can see, it was a beautiful day and the forest is coming back to life. Watched the Blue Jays game in the afternoon while editing the photos and…
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    Still on the Ledge

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    April 17, 2021. You may recall how Charlemagne gets stuck on the ledge; I took a photo back in February. Well, he’s still doing it. He goes down there, wails until he is rescued, and enjoys the attention. It has become a game, almost. Still nursing my sore back, but…
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    Searching for Nanites

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    April 16, 2021. I’ve been playing the new Expeditions version of No Man’s Sky – it’s a new twist on a familiar classic. This is a screenshot from the game. Otherwise, I got a bunch of stuff done today, including recording another video. Also (even better): no painkillers today. Not…
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    Three Kittens

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    April 15, 2021. These are the three kittens. I know, they look like they should be posing for the cover of their latest album. I had a surprisingly productive day today, working on a number of different projects, making a video, and getting a tooth filling fixed. Still on painkillers…

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