Hi all.  I’m over in Victoria for the weekend, spending time with my Mom.  Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Tree”.  I went for a walk this afternoon, and took this photo of a tree, from the ground up.

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The weekly theme at 365 Days in Nature is “fish”.  I don’t have many chances to take photos of fish in nature, but I found this heron eating fish when I was out today.

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And Mom and I went to a garden centre this afternoon.  I took this picture, turned in black and white and posted on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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Here are a few pictures of this morning’s ferry crossing…..

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I thought this was a mom and baby, and the baby was following the mom wanting to be fed….

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OHHHHH…..silly me.  That isn’t a mom and baby.  But there may be babies soon.

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Oh dear….Not so savvy on this one….  :)

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Shots from the lovely garden centre.  I could spend hours (and a whole paycheque) there.  :)

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Shots from my quick beach walk…..

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Picmonkey and I added the lips to this shot.  It just seemed fitting.  :)

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And awww!  This dog ran up this rock, and couldn’t get down.  He was hilarious.  AWWW.

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Per our new tradition, Mom and I sent out for Chinese Food for dinner.

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That was my Saturday.  Not sure if I’ll be posting tomorrow, it will depend on which ferry I get back and how late I get home.  If I don’t “see” you then, I’ll “see” you on Monday.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.

Happy Weekend everyone!   It is VERY early Saturday morning, I was really tired last night and didn’t get the blog post done.  I’m getting my bag together before hopping a ferry and going to see my Mom, so here is a photo dump from the last couple of days…..

More from my Mom’s place later….

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Running”.  I used this photo from a few weeks ago, of two very cute dogs running toward me.  Awww!

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I posted a beaver shot from last night on the 365 Days in Nature.  <3 that I saw this!!

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And I put this picture of a shaking duckling into black and white and posted it on Only Shades of Gray.

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I grabbed breakfast on the go this morning, yogurt parfait, green juice and coffee….

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I worked through lunch and ate a turkey sandwich and an apple at my desk….

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I was given a smoothie later in the afternoon….

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And dinner tonight was a mish mash of bits and pieces that needed using up.  We had leftover flatbread with veggies, chicken strips and baked onion rings.

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I had some errands to run after work, and instead of driving I walked, to get activity points and to enjoy the record breaking warmth. Along the way I saw this sweet statue….

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…skirts that moved beautifully in the wind….

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Some beautiful blooms….

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Loved this message on a mail box….

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Then I walked down by Granville Island, and saw the baby ducklings and goslings, that are growing bigger and bigger by the day.  I saw some lovely scenery and some other birds too….

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When I got home, I sat out on our deck for a while…..and I had a visitor.  He came to the feeder, then had a preen and a sleep on the tree beside our building.  AWWW!

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That was my Wednesday.  I probably won’t be posting tomorrow because I have night class, and by the time I get home, it’s a little too late to start a post.  So…I’ll be back on Friday.  Have a good Thursday AND Friday everyone!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner”.  I wanted to be different than most of the entries, so said “if you are a baby bird, insects are good for breakfast, lunch or dinner”.

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My colour choice for 365 Days in Nature today is pink.  Very vibrant pink.

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I turned this photo into black and white and posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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I had what seems to be my regular breakfast of fruit (banana and blueberry), greek yogurt and granola. I also had some green juice.

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Lunch was salad from a salad bar….

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…and I took this photo of our dinner when I was half way through. (oops, forgot…)  It was whole wheat rotini, with leftover rotisserie chicken, peppers and zucchini in a sauce made of light herb cream cheese and greek yogurt.

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I’m just going to do a photo dump of the day’s shots.  I took a quick walk at lunch, and then walked the long way home after work, to get an activity point or two.

I saw another cluster of spider eggs, looking about ready to hatch….

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..and a few other types of insects….

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Mushrooms….

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Blooms….

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Birds of many kinds…..

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My favorite dog in the dog park today….meet Snoopy….

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City and bird pond scenery….

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I saw these moving “things” in the pond.  I think they may have been tiny frogs….hm…

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And I also got quite the surprise.  I was watching the birds and suddenly, this beaver swam by.  THEN a second one paddled through.

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And finally, a random heart that I THINK was actually a tiny turtle head casting a shadow.

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That was my day….happy Wednesday everyone!!!  Bring on more beavers!  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “laughter”.  I posted this photo of an artwork in our city called “A-Maze-ing Laughter”.  Initially it was to be a temporary exhibit, but the public took such a liking to it, so the city allowed it to stay permanently.

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My colour for the “a new colour every day” theme on the 365 Days in Nature site is green.  I took this photo this afternoon.

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And I turned the photo of the little turtle at Lost Lagoon into black and white, and posted it on Only Shades of Gray.

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We had a statutory holiday here today, so no work, but a busy day nonetheless. I made Roz McMuffins (egg, ham in a sandwich thin) with fruit and green juice for breakfast.

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We went out for lunch, and had a beer and chicken burger.  With fries.

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This was the view from our table. (we just had lunch in a restaurant by a city owned golf course), and there was a big trophy case in the room too.

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When we got home, we had ranch pop chips and picky dinner with bits and pieces we had in the house.

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We just hung out this morning, and I saw this hummingbird on our deck…

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…and an interesting cloud with a shape that mirrored some trees.

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This afternoon, we went to visit Cousin Helen (“Hi Helen”), then went to a garden store to pick up some seeds to plant in our little community garden plot.  I love garden stores….

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To get there, we had to drive through a farm-y area in the city.

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Very cool bee hives.

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Eagle eye Dennis saw this frog in a pond.

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…I saw insects, on reeds and on Dennis’ leg….

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THEN….we went down to our little community garden.  We volunteered to re-stain the tool shed, and we planted our veggies today.  Dennis with his roller….

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…and my shadow, complete with roller.  :)

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We removed this tiny start of a wasp’s nest from the shed.  Don’t want those around all summer….

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Dennis did the ladder work….I did the lower parts.

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After the staining, we planted our seeds.

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Beans look like tic tacs….just an observation.

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Done for the day…..

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And finally tonight, a random heart.

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Our long weekend is coming to an end, it’s back to the grind tomorrow.  Oh well…  Hope everyone’s Tuesday goes well.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Windows”.  This afternoon, Dennis and I were out for a park/nature walk, and came across an open air chapel, with pane-less windows.

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We also saw this beautiful dragonfly, whose picture I posted on the 365 Days in Nature group…

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And this picture of a dilapidated barn that we drove past, was my daily post on Only Shades of Gray.

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We had a lovely brunch with our friends Vicky and Liam today.  Vicky is from Mexico, and spoke to me in spanish, and made us amazing authentic Mexican brunch dishes.  We had tengo and rajas (sp?) in tortillas….

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(as well as a delicious cake for dessert, that I forgot to photograph)  The whole brunch was soooo good….

…and served with a smile. Thank you Vicky and Liam!!!  Gracias!!!!

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After brunch, Dennis and I went exploring.  We’d heard about a park about half an hour out of the city, Bear Creek Park.  We didn’t see any bear, but the whole park and gardens were so much bigger and more beautiful that we’d expected.  On the way though, I took this “art shot”.  :)

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Speaking of hands, I loved this banner on a signpost with the mendhi hands….

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And more hands….I posted this shot on facebook, so those of you who are FB friends already know this.  This butterfly was circling around us, I handed off my camera to Dennis and stuck my arm out.  The butterfly just came over and landed on my hand.  It really was magical.

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While we were in the park, we decided we are kids at heart and took the little train for a ride.  It was very cheesy, and it was fun.  (and we certainly weren’t the only kids at heart riding without REAL kids accompanying us) :)

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We walked by what we assume was an engagement photo shoot.  LOVE the photographer’s stance.

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We made a quick pit stop in an Art Gallery within the park….

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We made a couple of new friends….

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Then went for a long walk in the gardens and nature trails.  Come with us….

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We passed a GORGEOUS Sikh Temple on the way home….

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Here are a few other shots taken on our drive home…

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When we got home we had a beer (love the name) and some chips and dip.

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Dinner was rotisserie chicken, Caesar salad and a glass of wine.

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We are very glad, tomorrow is a stat holiday here so we have a long weekend.  Whether you have a long weekend or not, I hope the upcoming week is a good one!  Happy Monday!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Connections”.  I took this photo today, the couple’s body language certainly shows a connection, and they are out connecting with nature.

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This was my posting on the 365 Days in Nature site….

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And this was my post on Only Shades of Gray.

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This morning, I was soooo happy to get my hair cut.  On the way, I picked up a latte for myself, and for my hairdresser.  Once again, I am SASSIFIED!

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When I got home, we had birds in a nest….

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I had some blueberries and a banana and forgot to take photos…oops….

And dinner tonight was picky dinner with baguette, hummus, antipasto, turkey salami and cheese.  And a glass of white wine.

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Some pictures taken while I was out and about during the day….

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Later this afternoon I went for a nature walk around Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park.  Gorgeous!!!  And it was a banner day for me….I saw a beaver in the wild for the first time in my life.  Check that off my Canadian Bucket List…now to find a moose.  :)  I’ll have to drive a little further than Stanley Park for that.

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More “awww” worthy critters and views.  Lost Lagoon is a magical place!!

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Our quirky sand sculpting neighbor has a new creation.  LOVE it!!!!

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And I love the stone that is in his lawn.

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Happy Sunday to all!!!

I’m going to quickly recap the photo a day challenge shots, and the day’s menu, then will do a photo dump of shots from the last two days.  As you can see, nature can be found in the middle of a city….

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Under Pressure”.  A few days ago, I saw these girls running around.  Seems they were on a scavenger hunt, and were under pressure to find someone to take their photos.  They saw me, and ran toward me.  I wish we all had that much joy and enthusiasm!  :)

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This is the last day of the “two-legged” theme at the 365 Days in Nature site….

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And here is my day’s posting on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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They day’s menu was green juice, kiwi, yogurt and granola for breakfast….

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Lunch was a kale salad with nutritional yeast, goat cheese, mango and dried cranberries.

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I had two rice cakes and some almond butter later in the afternoon….

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My camera battery ran out of power, so I wasn’t able to photograph dinner.  When we got home from work, we had a glass of white wine, and I had some of Dennis’ Ripple Chips.  We toasted the upcoming long weekend and sent out for pizza because we didn’t feel like cooking.  We had a half and half, my half was grilled veggie with no cheese.

Now, it’s pretty late, so I’m going to do a photo dump, and will be back tomorrow.  Have a WONDERFUL weekend everyone!!!!

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Hola!  Tonight is my Spanish class, and this session I’m getting home a little later, so will try and do a quick check in before I go each Thursday…

I will yet again share a hilarious spanish meme, sent by my Spanish teacher.

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My photos won’t be transferred until tomorrow, but I will share my menu for the day….

  • Breakfast – mango, greek yogurt, granola
  • Snack – some weird whey protein powder (given to me by a colleague) mixed with a cup of cashew milk.  Jury is out on this one….
  • Lunch – hummus, crackers, carrots, yellow pepper and an apple
  • Snack – mini frappuccino
  • Dinner – will probably be leftover lasagna from two nights ago

Exercise – walk to/from work and lunchtime walk

Other news/observations from my day:

  • It is ironic that I’m not posting any of my own photos today, because today has been a “good photo day” for me.  Not because I took an amazing shot, and truth be told, I’m not 100% comfortable tooting my own horn, but 1) my black and white picture of Cooper the dog that I took and posted yesterday (see yesterday’s post) was made “top shot” of the day for my Only Shades of Gray photo group and 2) I got my first royalty payment from the greeting card company who bought and is using my photo on a graduation card.  I’M RICH!!!!!  HA!!!  Not….but I’ve got a whopping $30.26 US in my pocket now, and I’m not afraid to use it.  LOL!
  • Thank you Starbucks, for bringing in mini frappucinos.  They’re small, they’re tasty and they kill the sweet craving.
  • Neva was ridiculously cute this morning.  That is all I need to say on that…
  • Why is it that so many men in Vancouver feel the need to adjust themselves in public places???  In the last few days alone, I’ve seen men shamelessly adjusting on street corners, walking down the road, in an elevator and in my office where some ceiling tiles were being replaced.  Know what men?  I know things move about down there, but I really don’t want to see that.  (I have spoken)
  • I am very much looking forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend.

That is it for my Thursday (Jueves).  I’ll be back with some photos and stories again tomorrow.  Happy Friday to everyone!!

…and no, the hatch lings aren’t birds…

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Lucky”.  I took this photo when I was out on my walk.  I know, technically, ladybugs are lucky if they land on you.  Can’t lie, I stuck my finger by the leaf this guy was walking on, and let him walk on me.  Sometimes, you’ve just gotta make your own luck. :)

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I posted this shot for “two legged” week over at 365 Days in Nature.

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This is my new buddy, Cooper.  I met Cooper and his owner on my walk today.  He is a rescue dog, has all kinds of breeds in him, and is just adorable.

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I don’t have a complete set of menu shots today, but I do have…..and egg and ham sandwich that I had for breakfast….

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I had some blueberries during the morning….

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Lunch was tuna, antipasto, carrots, crackers, and an apple….I didn’t have a mascot with me, so just added some “interest” on to the otherwise boring apple shot.

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I don’t have pictures of my dinner tonight.  I met my good friend Janice for a long overdue visit.  It was great to see her, and we ended up talking through the evening.  I can tell you I had a beer and a burger.  And they were good….

OK…I’ll tell you about the hatchlings.  I was walking to work this morning, and some movement on a plant caught my eye.  Very difficult to photograph, but seemed that dozens of tiny tiny spiders were hatching and climbing up some webs.  It was incredible, the photos don’t do it justice.

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It was a very purple-y blossom day.

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I found all kinds of beautiful birds again.  They were SOOOOO loud, and I could watch them for hours.  (sadly, I have less than an hour for lunch break, so that wish can only come true on weekends) :)

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Here is lovely Cooper in colour….

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…and another dog I saw whose bib looks like a “random heart”.  It’s a stretch….

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A few early season insects….

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Love the word “Re-Nude” for a vintage burlesque store.  It wasn’t open…but I want to go in sometime.

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I also like the name of this acupuncture studio…poke!

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Other misc “art” seen while I was out and about….

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And finally, two random hearts….happy Thursday all!!

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