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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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    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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