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    Larose Forest

    February 25, 2024. Some very tall spruce trees in Larose Forest west, just north of Limoges. We were there for a 5 km snowshoe hike this afternoon. Probably the last snowshoeing of the year. Ball game was on. Fixed an emergency issue on the Agora webs...
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    February 23, 2024. This is a chocolate easter bunny, I know, I'm jumping the gun on the holiday a bit, but, chocolate. Meetings today, and I wrote a blog post rebutting the objections to AI in education.
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    February 22, 2024. These fish decorate the parking garage in the Glebe, which is where I went over lunch to look at a bicycle, a 56 cm that will fit me properly. I was pretty happy with the fit and put down the money. Also, I finally finished my liter...
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    February 21, 2024. Wen t to the dentist this morning and while it was all OK it sort of set me off for the rest of the day. I got a little work in but nothing like what I wanted to do. It's like I'm passing time waiting for winter to be over. I see so...
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    February 19, 2024. This is a close-up of some wall art we bought at an auction a number of years ago. But mostly it's me testing how closely I can shoot using my 50mm lens. Worked from the home office today, mostly on the lit review, partially on some...
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    February 17, 2024. This guy worked itself into the cage and spent a long time working on the feed cylinder, enough time to allow me to take this shot with the telephoto. It could be better; I shot at an angle through the hazy window by hand, but it's ...
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    Reaching for the Sun

    February 15, 2024. But the Sun isn't there. There's just this faint glow behind the clouds. It's cold. It's snowing this evening. And the plants are dead. It must be the middle of February. Spent the day working on my literature review, started a new ...
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    February 14, 2024. Butterfly decorations on the front of a house in my neighbourhood. I've always liked the way people put butterflies on their houses; there's no real incentive for them to do so, but they do it anyway. Today was much more productive ...
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    February 13, 2024. This is a tree at the office in the city. Seeing this tree is one of the few benefits of driving in to the city. Today was a zero-productivity day; I got my meds wrong in the morning and was off all day. Wrote a short bl;og post; th...
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    February 12, 2024. A sparrow snags a seed from the feeder. Shot with the telephoto but the camera decided to take the photos in lower-resolution JPG format. Still learning this new gear. Anyhow, I spent most of the day trying to write a script to post...
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    February 11, 2024. Spotted this squirrel in the bird feeder along the Mer Bleue trail on our walk today. I was trying to photograph birds (without a lot of success) with the telephoto. Puttering on some projects otherwise, maybe watching football this...
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    High In The Tree

    February 10, 2024. These are what appear to be starlings high in a tree down the road a bit. I could only see them from below, and this is the best my telephoto lens could capture. It's a pretty good image considering how far the were. Other than phot...
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    Wasp’s Nest

    February 9, 2024. The is a wasp's nest from last summer in a tree in the neighbour's yard (taken with my new 600mm lens). White sky and medium light. Even though I put out more seed the birds stayed away this afternoon (it's warm and melting so they'r...
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    Green’s Creek

    February 8, 2024. Over lunch today I checked out Green's Creek, an area of the Green Belt I have explored before, with an eye to hiking there on the week-end. The site looks nice, but it was very slippery with the recent thaw and freeze. It was anothe...
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    February 7, 2024. This is Julia, not only one of our cats, she's also the first daily photo to be shot with my new 600mm lens. Yes, I finally picked it up today. Also: a full day in the office working on context stuff.
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    Is Potato

    February 5, 2024. It's an odd potato from this week's Odd Bunch shipment. This week's was even better than last week's, even though it was outside for a couple of days - we got strawberries, a melon, avocados, parsley, and much much more, including th...
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    February 1, 2024. These are some of my Wittgenstein books on the shelf in my office. I think about them often, partially for the ideas, and partially for who Wittgenstein was. He is the one I think about when I ask myself what sort of philosopher I sh...
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    Tuna Time

    January 31, 2024. Lunch time at the home office. These two know what that means: it's time for a tuna treat. That's Julia on the left, more reserved and skittish, and Emma on the right, eager, energetic, and ready to pounce. Most of my focus was on my...
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    January 30, 2024. This is a statue of Ganesh in my home office, a reminder of my visit to India in 2012. The helmet is a souvenir from an Argos football game in 2014. Practising with my 50mm lens (the lens cap arrived today). Way too much iso but at l...
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    The Railway Bridge

    January 29, 2024. This is the railway bridge through Casselman, as seen today on my daily walk ('daily', like 'AI', is more aspirational than real, but I persist in trying). This view is, of course, completely obscured in summer. Back with the 24-200 ...
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    Odd Bunch

    January 27, 2024. These are vegetables that were delivered to my home today by a company called Odd Bunch. It's a subscription delivery service that finds vegetables that are either too odd or too old to be sold in grocery stores and sells them to cus...
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    Office Lamp

    January 26, 2024. This is the hanging lamp in my office. It's the first photograph from my new 50mm Z-mount lens. Every photographer needs a 50, and with a new camera came the need for this new lens. It goes down to f1.8 which makes it really good for...
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    Focus Bracketing

    January 25, 2024. These frozen cedars in my hedge are my first attempt at photo bracketing. To do this, you have your camera take multiple images, each focused slightly differently, then you combine them into a single image. In theory, photoshop does ...
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    January 24, 2024. I pointed my camera outside the side window and captured this image of spruce trees between the houses. It was an indoor day today spent mostly puttering on the computer. I was pretty itchy all day; it reminded me of last summer but ...

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