I don’t have a long post today….

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Why?”.  We still don’t know WHY there was a head of George Bush in our back alley.  Even stranger because we live in Canada…..

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D is for dragonfly.  (posted on 365 Days in Nature)

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I used this archive picture of a fire eating busker for Only Shades of Gray.

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The days menu was cantaloupe and green juice for breakfast….

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Lunch was a kale salad with nutritional yeast, sun dried tomatoes, peach and feta.

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I had some figs and a piece of cheese this afternoon….

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And dinner was party food and prosecco.

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After work, I met some women (Pam and Anita) I worked with many years ago.  No photos of people, by request, but here is a photo of a wasp doing the front crawl….

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A fun napkin…

 

 

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Great reunion….thanks for hosting Pam!

In other shots….I don’t think it’ll be long before the baby seagulls on the roof across from my office leave and live their lives.  There was a whole lot of flapping and jumping today.

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And I initially saw a random heart in this tree shadow.  But I also saw a fish, or a men’s tie, or a face….anyone else see anything in this?

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That was my day.  Hope all of your weeks are going well and that Wednesday is a good one for you!

 

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “In Good Hands”.  I used this archive shot of our friend’s 5 year old daughter, keeping her ladybug in good hands.

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C is for crab….and this was my shot for 365 Days in Nature.

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And this glass blower was my entry on Only Shades of Gray.

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I made a collage of my meals today.  Breakfast was yogurt, blueberries, granola and green juice.  I had some cherries later.  Lunch was a sandwich thin with turkey, tomato and lettuce, with carrots and celery on the side.  Later on, I had some fresh figs and a piece of cheese, and dinner was leftover salmon from last night, steamed nugget potatoes and corn on the cob.

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The rest of the shots are from a window in our office, my lunchtime walk and a walk I took after work.  Oh, and our garden plot.  Check out the bean harvest.  We have a LOT of beans.  We’ll have a boatload of lemon cucumbers soon too….

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The baby seagulls across the road at work are getting bigger by the day, and I think they’ll be flying soon….

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And if you squint your eyes “just so”, you can see the mother seagull wearing a sombrero.  OK…it is a satellite dish…and it’s a stretch…

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More love from above……

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Bees and blooms…..

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Action at the bird park….a heron that shouldn’t have been put in the dryer. (ha!)

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…other young herons…..

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“Can’t see me!”

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Crow chasing heron…..

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…geese, gulls….

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Bun hoarder…took a while, but eventually the bun went down.

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And after work I walked to Granville Island.  A hedge that I passed was FULL of little birds.  Aww!

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I passed this sassy thing in the window of a pottery studio.

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There was a MASSIVE school of tiny fish.  Seriously, there were thousands upon thousands of them…..

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Nautical cat was out tonight…..

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Interesting clouds….

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Finally, there were a bunch of us watching this mom and 2 seal pups.  Not sure what the mom was trying to teach them, she’d flip over and push her face into theirs….  AWWW!!!

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That was my Monday.  Happy Tuesday to all!

My menu today has been ok, but ridiculously unphotogenic.  I had a leftover samosa for breakfast, some crackers and cheese later, and dinner was some bbq salmon (that fell apart), some steamed beans (that looked ok) and some overcooked roasted potatoes.  There is photographic proof….but no, not posting….  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Composition”.  I used this photo from today, I thought the shoes/rock/green made an interesting composition.

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I saw this today, and posted on Only Shades of Gray….

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And it was “B” day at 365 Days in Nature.  I posted this pic of my bird pond beaver.

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Again, we had a ton of humingbird action at our feeder today…..

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And again…..Neva was cute.

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I parked a way away from my little grocery store on Commercial Drive today.  Once I dropped off the groceries in the car, I took a little walk around the neighborhood and found some “finds”…..

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This afternoon, I picked up Cousin Helen and we went down to the bird pond.  Before we left, we had a little visit from a friend of Helen’s, and her grand daughter.  Peanut butter sure looks cute on her!  :)

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Here is Helen, and here are shots around the pond.

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Finally, two random hearts…..

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Have a great week everyone!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Shoes”.  I used this photo from the store window in Victoria.  Oh dear (deer)!  Don’t think I could walk in these.

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Fun theme this week over at 365 Days in Nature.  Today is something that starts with “A”, and we go through G as the week passes.  I saw this today when I was walking in Stanley Park, and it just said “AWWWW”.  (starts with A)

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I took this today at Lost Lagoon (in Stanley Park).  I liked the lines of the feather patterns, and thought they’d look interesting in black and white.  I posted it on Only Shades of Gray.

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I posted this shot on the other two photo groups I belong to, and don’t post all the time.  (they are “Canadian Bird Photographer”, and “Wildlife, Birds and Nature”) If you look at yesterday’s blog post, you’ll see a seagull.  Who I joked looks like he’s playing an invisible violin.  Here is a heron playing an invisible piano.  HA!

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We had afternoon and evening plans, but because of a series of circumstances, both have been postponed.  So I had the day to just “be”.  I made us a nice breakfast with turkey bacon, eggs, potato/squash hash browns and toast….

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Sat out on the deck for a while and watched the clouds and hummingbirds (soooo much action at the feeder today)….

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Played with Neva….”Neva TV, is on the air”…

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“look at me”….

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This was tonight’s dinner, takeout Japanese bento box.  Dennis is out, and I didn’t feel like cooking.  I REALLY need to get back in the kitchen!!!

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And here are creature/scenery pictures that I took on my walk around Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park today.  Dennis is so right when he says Lost Lagoon is one of my “happy places”.  Love all the critters, the air smells so good, it’s quiet and calm and is really a great place to walk.  Today, there weren’t that many people, but there were A LOT of creatures (with character)….

Ordinary duck, but I liked the background….

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Eye catching red eyes, and blue feathers of a baby wood duck…

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…waiting for her wings…..

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…Mom of three….

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…sibling love, or sibling rivalry?

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…Incoming……

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…duckling mohawk…..

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A very poor attempt at forming a random heart?

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Young wood duck with attitude, and part baby part adult plumage…..

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Two more incoming…..

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My neck would be sore…..

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Gawky teens, half duckling, half adult…all fluffy……

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Lunchtime!  He caught the dragonfly mid air.  Not a good day for the dragonfly….

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I appreciate the foreground subjects Mr./Ms. Geese/Ducks

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There weren’t to many turtles out and about today.  This one was tiny….

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The path on the north side of the pond….

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Two swans a sleepin’….. (but no Lords A Leapin.  That is so bad!!  Sorry…)

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Mom, I’m tired of hanging with the ducks, I’m going to go and eat with the geese…..

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Air traffic controller….

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…clear for double fly by…..

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Two herons, one really bad hair day…..

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Another with the invisible piano….

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Take a bow…..

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Looking up at the birds cleared for fly by…..

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Yes, I have nuts…..

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….but you can’t see them…..

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The birds can’t see them either…..

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We we close with the “AWWWWW” (from a safe distance) section of the post.  There were so many families all hanging out, and they are pretty fearless.  That said, the zoom lens and crop made it “close enough” for me.

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Have a great Sunday everyone!!!!

July 24th will always be an important day in our family.  It is my Dad’s birthday, and this is the first July 24th that I haven’t had my Dad here in this life.  It is also a year ago today that my Dad fell ill, had multiple and serious seizures, left home in an ambulance, and three weeks later he passed away.  We are always grateful for all the birthdays we had with my Dad, for the amazing care he had last year, and for having those precious weeks to spend with him before he died.  I think of my Dad EVERY day, and sorely miss him.  But today, we celebrate all my Dad was, and his legacy he left us.  Happy Birthday Dad!  You have left a hole in my heart that will never close, and I am forever grateful and proud to be your daughter!  <3!

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “reimagine aging”.  I used this photo of a woman well into her 50’s, who can turn cartwheels better than most people half her age.  Who says you can’t be fit and flexible as you get older???

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I posted this feathery cloud, taken yesterday on Only Shades of Gray….

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And this is the last photo for minimalist week on 365 Days in Nature.

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Here are a few catch up shots from yesterday……

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And on to today.  My menu was an egg in a sandwich thin (with hot sauce) for breakfast….

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….cantaloupe….

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…tomato and feta salad, and nugget potatoes and carrots with guacamole for lunch…

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…wine with fish (halibut) and chips (nom!) for dinner.

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The rain finally came back, and any of us breathed a collective sigh of “yuck, but we really need this.  The plants need it, the ecosystems need it…”  Here is a big photo dump from my walks today, my cat, other cats for adoption, and store windows/signs that I saw when Dennis and I ran a couple of errands after work.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Vision”.  The artist that made this had a vision.  A very big, reflective one…  :)

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My post for 365 Days in Nature…..

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And I had a little fun with the shot for Only Shades of Gray…..

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Here is a photo dump of some of the photos I took on my lunchtime walk today…..

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And the day’s menu was: an egg on a sandwich thin (with hot sauce) for breakfast, some blueberries, a kale salad (with nutritional yeast, blueberries, cranberries and light goat cheese) for lunch, veggies and guacamole…..

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And tonight, we went for dinner at our friends Clint and Tom’s.  Dinner was cheese and pate (with crackers) to start, a caprese salad, grilled pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon, beans from their garden and roasted baby potatoes.  We also had a cherry/rhubarb crumble. And wine.  Can’t forget the wine.  Thanks Guys!!!  What a lovely night, and yes, you are both very muscly.  :)

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That was my Wednesday.  Per normal at the moment, I won’t be posting tomorrow because I’ll be at night school.  Have a good Thursday, will touch base again on Friday!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Multifaceted”.  I REALLY struggled with this prompt, so I took a photo of a ladybug, and used Lunapic to put it into a multifaceted cube.  (such a stretch…)

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I used this shoot on a plant for my minimalist photo on 365 Days in Nature.

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And I put this macro bee picture onto Only Shades of Gray.

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I don’t have too many photos to share, because I had a “double shot” workout and didn’t go for a walk.  I took a zumba class at lunchtime and did a hatha yoga class tonight. (it just worked out that way this week).  I did walk to yoga and took just a few shots along the way….

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And the day’s menu was blueberries, yogurt and granola for breakfast…..

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…cherries…..

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…kale salad with nutritional yeast, peach, blueberries, cranberries and feta…..

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…and dinner tonight was bbq chicken flat out pizza (with peppers, mushrooms, basil, light mozzarella and some goat cheese), and a cob of corn.  The corn is SOOOOOOOO good right now.  :)

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I may have sore muscles tomorrow.  Just saying….   Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “In the front yard”.  This guy was in my Mom’s neighbor’s front yard.  AWW!

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Another shot for minimalist week on 365 Days in Nature….

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…and a heron having a “sushi lunch”.  :)  I took this shot today, more on this in a bit….

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Before I get into today, I have a few shots from yesterday to share.  I took my little creature Oakley down to the beach when I went for a walk.  (this park/beach isn’t far from my Mom’s place…)

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This looks like a two headed goose….

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Speaking of two heads……

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…goose yoga poses….

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..other shots of the beach….

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I looked up and saw a bird I don’t usually see there, and a random heart in the trees.

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My Mom and I saw this beautiful hanging basket, complete with legs.  LOL!

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Speaking of beautiful flowers, this tree is in the front yard of my Mom’s neighbor Shirlee.  I can’t remember what type of tree it is, but it is GORGEOUS!

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I liked the red hair and red guitar combo.  (he was playing at the ferry terminal while we were waiting for the boat)

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The crossing back was nice….and we could see Mt. Washington (in Washington state) very clearly….

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Soooo excited to see a pod of Orcas swimming by…..

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And the sunset was vibrant.

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Annnd….we move on to today.  I made a pizap collage with my day’s menu.  Breakfast was blueberries, yogurt and granola.  I also had some cherries.  Lunch was a kale salad with peach, feta and blueberries, I had some carrots and tomato with guacamole later, and dinner was cold chicken with corn, nugget potatoes and beans from our garden.

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Neva was super cute today, and was lounging in my yet to be unpacked suitcase….

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I saw a mangy squirrel on my way to work.  Poor thing….

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I’m going to combine pictures from my two walks today.  I went to our little community garden to water at lunchtime.  I also pulled out the arugula that has gone to seed and is very bitter, and harvested a boatload of beans….

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..and this happens when you don’t thin your carrots properly.

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My friend Laura and I went for a walk after work.  We walked by the vet who works with the cat adoption agency.  OMG…LOOK at these beauties who are all waiting to be adopted.  AWW!!!

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We walked by yoga in the park, and some insects on bright flowers….

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Froggie in the bird pond….

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And LOTS of bird action in the bird pond.  (which, BTW, still has a very low water level)  The most exciting for me was watching this heron fishing for lunch.  He grabbed a little fish, immediately spit it out and let it go, put his head down in the water again, and came out with his HUGE fish.  Sushi anyone?  :)  (nature can be cruel, but it is amazing)

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Here are some other bird shots.  Dennis is right, this pond IS a “happy place” for me.  (not so much for the fish above…)

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All caught up now!  Hope all of your weeks have started out well!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Good Sport”.  I used this picture of Dennis, being a good sport and posing for silly pictures like this…..

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The theme for the 365 Days in Nature group this week is “minimalist”.  I took this shot from the ferry today.

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And this photo of the ferry terminal this morning, is my day’s upload to Only Shades of Gray.

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Today’s menu?  I had oatmeal to go for breakfast, I made flat out pizzas for Mom and I for lunch, we had ice cream this afternoon (it is smokin’ hot here) and tonight, we kept our tradition going and had chinese food.

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It was quite the donkey show at the ferry terminal this morning.  I was delayed an hour because of high foot traffic.  (me, and about 200 people…..wasn’t pretty….)  BUT…I eventually got on a ferry and got to see my Mom.  Here are some shots from the crossing.

I took Oakley, the little art piece that I found in Stanley Park last weekend.  I have posted this picture on the facebook page of the group started by the artist, and all those who find her creatures are encouraged to join.  So fun.

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Gull watching from the ferry.

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Great people watching opportunities, and it was WINDY.

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You can see a bunch of seals sunning themselves here.

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My Mom and I ran a bunch of errands today, and also went to a thrift store.  This album cover caught my eye.  “Mood Music for Beer and Pretzels???”   Mood music for that???   HA!

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And I also saw this.  I just don’t even know what to say…..and no, I didn’t buy them.

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I did buy this hilarious clip on facinator though.  I have an “event” next month that will require amusing head wear, so it was $2.50 very well spent.  Mom and I both look jaunty, no?  Well…NO!  LOL!  But it will be perfect….

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After dinner, I went for a quick walk.  There were all kinds of critters, some grapes and a cute sign in the neighborhood.

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I likely won’t post tomorrow because I’ll be getting a later ferry home.  Have a wonderful Sunday all.  “See” you on Monday!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is Brick.  I posted this photo taken last year, of a narrow alley with brick buildings on either side.

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Last day of cloud week on 365 Days in Nature….

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And one of the frogs down at my favorite bird pond still looks warty, and was posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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Catching up from yesterday…..

Michelle’s famous hand with my iced coffee….

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…a cute little kitten (with ears that have grown before the rest of him) looking to be adopted into his forever home….

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….insects…..

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…creatures at my favorite bird pond….that aren’t birds…..

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Sadie the dog….

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Rogue feather on a weed…..

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Baby seagulls on the roof over the road from my office….

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And yesterday’s random heart.

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On to today….breakfast was a Roz McMuffin with an egg and prosciutto on a sandwich thin.

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I had some blueberries through the day.

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My lunch was a kale salad with nutritional yeast, blueberries, peach, sun dried tomatoes and feta.

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I had snap peas and some hummus later.

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After work, I had some popcorn.

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And dinner tonight was a flat out flatbread with peppers, spinach, fresh basil, leftover rotisserie chicken, the rest of the peach from the salad from lunch, light gouda and bbq sauce.

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Today, I actually wrote an email to our city’s Park’s Board about my favorite bird pond.  We have severe water restrictions here in Vancouver. Fountains and waterparks have been turned off and city parks do not have ponds replenished.  The pond I walk by most days has a VERY low water level, and I worry that the little self contained ecosystem will be affected.  To his credit, the Park Commissioner got back to me, and told me they have a biologist monitoring the water level daily.  Hmm….  Hopefully this critters are back in a full pond soon!!!  Maybe I should send these pictures to the Park’s Board…  :)

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After work, I walked over the bridge and back, to get an activity point or two.  Here are shots from my walk….

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And one more random heart before I publish….

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I’ll check in from my Mom’s place tomorrow.  Have a great weekend all!!!

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