That title should get me a few interesting google search terms.  :)

Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria.  Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “people”.  I used this shot of the dancer’s video shoot last night.  People, filming people, watched by people.

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This week’s theme for 365 Days in Nature is “my garden”.  I didn’t take a picture in my garden today, but I did take this in my Mom’s…..

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I was so excited, while my mom was at an appointment this afternoon, I whipped down the road for a quick walk, and look what I saw!  My first ever owl sighting.  GORGEOUS!!!  He was posted in Only Shades of Gray, and his colour shots will follow further down this post.

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My menu today was a mini bagel with fig jam for breakfast, I made my mom and I buffalo sandwich buns and caprese salad for lunch, I had an unphotographed soft ice cream cone, and tonight, I had a beer and per our normal tradition, chinese food.

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Here are some photos taken on the way to the ferry terminal, some wildlife and the crossing this morning. We saw this eagle and the windsurfer from the car.

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A bunch of baby seagulls were on the ledge directly beside the window of a ramp we walked on.  AWWW!!!!!

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Jellyfish, that IMHO, initially looked like the female reproductive organs.  :)

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Other shots from the crossing….

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My Mom had a quick haircut this afternoon (she is SASSY) and while she did that, I zipped to a nearby park for a quick walk.  I didn’t get too far because I saw this owl.  It was a big deal for me, and I took pictures and just watched him for quite a while.  Gorgeous.

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Non owl park shots….

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Butterfly in the garden, a cat on the neighbor’s stoop, and clouds that looked like waves.

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I probably won’t be posting tomorrow because I’m catching an evening ferry home, which means a late night.  See you back here on Monday.  I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Both Dennis and I had the day off today.  For the most part, it wasn’t a play day, we had some errands to run.  Our car needed to be checked, I needed to pick up some things for folks in Victoria, then we moved our off-site storage locker from one location to another. We had a nice picnic on the beach though, so we ended the days with a little R&R and watching the sunset.  Before I say more about Friday, I’ll share photo challenge shots, and just a few shots from yesterday.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Filter”.  I used picmonkey to put the dusk filter on a sunset shot I had in my archives.

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G is for green….the last of A-G week on 365 Days in Nature.

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And this was my photo for Only Shades of Gray.

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Yesterday, I had coffee with Michelle and her famous hand and went to the bird pond at lunchtime.

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Today, we started out the day with Roz McMuffins (an egg and ham in a sandwich thin)..

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…I made a Caesar salad and we split a bbq chicken sandwich at lunch.  We also has some iced chai tea.

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We were hungry during all the storage move, so had a California roll….

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…and here is the chicken shawarma we had on the beach for dinner.

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I found an interesting wall of art when I was at a bank.  I don’t usually go to this particular branch, so hadn’t seen it before.

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Looked like an episode from Storage Wars.

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I saw a random heart on the wall where we were parking….

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Interesting artwork in the lobby of the storage area.

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And the owner’s dog Dali.  He looks threatening, but the biggest threat is that his wagging tail may hit you, and you’ll smell his doggy breath when he kisses you.  AWW!

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When we were at the beach tonight, we watched a dance troupe make a video.  They were happy to have me take some shots during the dances, and I will be sending them some photos.  Ladies, you are so talented!!!!!

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We also saw a surprise stagette/shower.  (photos also taken on request of Mother of the Bride….and more emails will go there)

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Other pictures from our picnic night….

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And finally, pictures of tonight’s full moon.  Blue moon?  Doesn’t look blue to me.  LOL!

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  I’ll check in from my Mom’s place tomorrow.

Neva wishes all cats a Happy International Tiger Day.  LOL!  I used this website -http://funny.pho.to/ –  and the photo on the right to turn her into a tiger.  Roar!

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Neva was also featured on today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt “Piece of Cake”.  I used this photo of the little cakes we had to celebrate her adopt-iversary earlier this year.  :)


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E is for Eagle, posted on 365 Days in Nature….

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And we saw this from our deck tonight.  More on this in a bit, and turned black and white for Only Shades of Gray.

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My day’s menu was blueberries, yogurt, granola and green juice for breakfast….

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Lunch was a bento box with vegetables (snap peas are from our garden), figs, cheese, hummus and guacamole.

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And I had some cantaloupe later…

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Dinner was a glass of wine, and burger on a sandwich thin, cold potatoes with sun dried tomato paste and Parmesan, and a cob of corn.

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Neva was adorable this morning, and was playing in our laundry hamper.  AWW….  Love her fluffy feet.

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Here are some shots from my lunchtime walk to the bird pond, via the vet with the kitten adoptables.  Apparently, the vet’s daughter made this sign for the window.  So cute…….

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How fantastic are these little surgeons…..

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…who are actually usbs.  HA!  (one of my colleagues had them on his desk today)

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Here are shots from my walk to Granville Island after work….

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There were fireworks over downtown tonight.  We didn’t go, the crowds/traffic is crazy, but we did see the “pre-show-show” from our deck.  Looks like parachutists with smoke in their shoes.

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The day’s random heart is courtesy of a heron.  :)

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Tomorrow is Thursday, so I have night school and won’t be posting.  Have a great Thursday everyone, see you back here on Friday.

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!

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