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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “happiness”. I used this archive shot of happy kids that were playing with our friends kids. Apparently, dancing and face painting are the keys to happiness. :)
This is my little buddy Leo, and he’s gorgeous in colour or in black and white. I posted his shot, with mom’s blessing, on Only Shades of Gray.
And this week at 365 Days in Nature, the theme is “starts with H,I,J,K,L,M,N”. My “h” is a heron.
It’s been a busy day, though I don’t have many pictures to show for it. First thing I did this morning was go to the hairdresser for a cut and root colour. I took my hairdresser and I lattes….
I ran a few errands, and was out and about in the BIGGEST windstorm we’ve had for a long time. Trees were falling, roads were closed, power was out ALL over the region. It was pretty wild, and photos don’t do justice. (we also has lots of badly needed rain again. YAY)
A sandwich I had while I was out and about….
Wall art that I stumbled on when I went down a road I’d never been on (because the road I usually take was closed due to a big tree falling on it)
Tonight we went to a celebration for the wedding of our friends Cynthia and Keith. They got married in Scotland (where they live) in the spring, but their Canadian family and friends gathered to raise a glass, eat some lovely food (thanks Karen!), and have a visit. I was talking more than photographing, but here are just a few shots of the night.
And finally, the day’s random heart.
I’m heading over to my Mom’s place for the day tomorrow, so likely won’t be posting as I’m getting a very early ferry in the morning and a later ferry tomorrow night. Have a great Sunday everyone, “see” you back here on Monday.
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “skyline”. I used this photo of the city at sunrise, from my boss’ office window. Shh…he didn’t know I was in there!!
Fun at the dog park tonight, posted on Only Shades of Gray….
..and my last shot for landscape week on 365 Days in Nature.
Quick catch up from yesterday. I met my good friend Melisa and Baby I for lunch yesterday. We had a sushi picnic in the park. OH, these curls!!!!!! AWWWW!!!!
Random heart California Roll…
Pups in the park….
…and these three were all taken on the campus I have night school classes at….
On to today….there was a collective sigh of relief and yay from the city today. We had our first rain in WEEKS! It’s been brutally dry here, we’ve had water restrictions for weeks, ponds are drying, fountains are off and plants are drooping and dying. We were so happy to see the rain, and I can’t believe I’m happy that it will continue for a few days. That said, we had a rainless reprieve after work, more on that in a sec.
Before I left for work, I had toast, almond butter and a peach. I had two plums and a smoked meat sandwich for lunch, and a Fiber 1 bar that Dennis got, as a sample. Dennis and I had some chips/dip and a glass of wine after work, then we had breakfast for dinner (turkey sausage, birds in a nest and some hash browns)
We had a couple of visitors on our deck this morning….
Here are some pictures from my rainy lunchtime walk. The air smelled SOOOOOO good….
(and I added the eyes onto this reflective rock)
It had stopped raining after work, so I took the long way home via Granville Island. There was an outdoor wedding there, complete with a mariachi band. The bride’s dress was GORGEOUS, and I’m really happy the rain stayed away for the couple and their guests. And the Mariachis….
Fire sky, taken off our deck tonight. The clouds are rolling back in, more rain will fall tomorrow.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Exploring New Ground”. I posted this archive shot of squid, that we tried when we were at the Richmond Night Market a couple of years ago. Glad we tried it, don’t need to have it again…
I used this picture from a walk with my friend Doris last year. Landscape week continues….
I took this photo tonight on a walk to Olympic Village. This man was making HUGE bubbles. More on this in a sec….
Breakfast this morning was toast with almond butter and banana, I had a ham bun and the leftover quinoa salad from last weekend for lunch, I had a few plums, Dennis and I had a mini celebration after work so we had a glass of prosecco, we also had some chips but the picture I took is AWFUL, and we had a burger (just like last night because I mistakenly put the frozen patties in the fridge instead of the freezer, so we had to use them up) and Caesar salad.
It seems that autumn is arriving early this year. We haven’t had rain in weeks, so things are dying off long before normal.
But that said, there are still some pretty blooms and insects…..
I also saw some very odd mushrooms. (which makes no sense given that we are in a drought) It was HUGE, I put a quarter on it for scale…
…and two colours of beak.
Looking for a handout….
..and taking in the view….
Views being taken in….
A whole lotta happy. A new smiley rock, a yarn bomb, rock art, a birthday party, and good wet fun…..
A very talented pianist, playing one of the public pianos. That made a lot of people happy.
A popping artform….some of these bubbles were stellar. And when they landed on the water, you could see reflections. Can you find me?
And finally, a couple of signs that caught my eye.
Tomorrow is my last spanish class for this term, which means I’ll be getting home late, and not blogging. Have a lovely Thursday all, I’ll “see” you back here on Friday.
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Wheel”. I used this shot, which was actually one of my Dad’s favorites, that I took last year.
I used this for landscape week on 365 Days in Nature….
And this was my shot today for Only Shades of Gray.
My breakfast this morning was whole grain toast with light swiss, I had some figs and a peach, some pre bagged kale salad at lunch, we had a glass of cider and dinner was a grilled lean burger on a sandwich thin with half a cob of corn and some steamed nugget potatoes with tomato sauce and Parmesan.
Here are some blooms and a very smiley leaf with added eyes, that I saw on my walk today.
Seagulls in the bird pond….
..a tiny yellow bird with a LOT to say….
…and two herons fishing for lunch. One grabbed a fairly big fish. Sushi for him, salad for me, and his creepy tongue afterward…..
On the way home from work, I passed by our quirky sand sculpting neighbor, who was putting the finishing touches on his castle.
And Neva modeled the “Earl Grey for Prime Minister” button that came in the mail today. (the cat is running a tongue in cheek “campaign” in the current federal election, on the platform of animal welfare. All proceeds from button sales go to animal shelters) Neva is obviously ready to get out and vote in October. HA!
Then she decided Earl Grey wasn’t so great after all…..
Oh NEVA!!!! Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Intricate”. I used this picture of an intricate carving in the making….
I used this picture of Bill Reid’s “The Raven and the First Men”, which we saw at the Museum of Anthropology for Only Shades of Gray…
And I posted another landscape shot taken yesterday on 365 Days in Nature. I didn’t realize until I looked closely, that there are two people scaling the rock face. (Brave souls!!)
My breakfast this morning was a weight watchers bagel with light cream cheese, a slice of ham and some balsamic reduction….
..I had lunch with my friend JenX. We went for sushi and I had the lunch special, a California roll, a spicy tuna roll, a BC Blazer roll and some miso soup. Oakley was still in my purse….
…and dinner tonight was a thin crust home made pizza (with peppers, mushrooms, leftover cooked chicken, fresh basil, fresh figs and light mozzarella, with bbq sauce on top) and some bbq ranch coleslaw.
And we had a glass of white wine too.
Christmas arrived early to our neighborhood. :) I saw this on my walk to work this morning…..
I also noticed these two crows on a wire….
One of them sent a feather down my way…..
And I saw clouds that looked like fire. I think they’re beautiful.
After work, I went for a walk down to Granville Island, to get some fresh air and exercise. I passed my favorite bird pond, and not only saw birds…..
…but two frogs…..
…a passing dog…..
..and a rat. Or a mouse. Hmm…not sure. But I’d guess a rat. Who hopped around a rock, then went for a swim to another rock.
I saw some seals and a heron while I walked along the seawall….
A red rose tied to a bench….
Nautical cat, and Nautical dog, being groomed on the dock….
Headless goose…. :)
…geese WITH heads…..
Sun through leaves….
Public art in a window (it was moving)…..
Also in a window, a big honkin’ piece of mineral….
I walked by a distillery, and chuckled at both sides of their sandwich board….
And finally, I took this photo thinking the root looked like a crow’s foot. When I REALLY looked at it, I see a chicken. What do you see in this?
No matter what you see, if anything, have a wonderful Tuesday!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Perspective”. I used this photo of linear perspective of a bridge. In Whistler. More on that in a sec…..
I saw this on the other side of the bridge above, and posted it for landscape week on 365 Days in Nature.
And this dancer was doing her thing for the Street Art Festival that is up in Whistler this summer.
For the record, today’s menu is a “how NOT to eat healthy” classic. On our way to Whistler (which is about 90 minutes north of the city), we stopped at the drive through for breakfast, and I had a breakfast sandwich with egg, sausage and cheese. Yup, grease and calories o’ plenty. But damn, it was good.
Lunch? Lunch of champions, a beer and nachos.
Soft ice cream? Sure, why not?
Dinner was leftovers from last night’s dinner party. Salads, grilled chicken and hummus and pita. Slightly higher in nutrition than the rest of the day. BUT…I own it, we ate crap and tomorrow will be another day.
I’m sure you all know by today’s title, that we went up to Whistler for Dennis to bungee jump. He won the pass at a fund raiser…. Good on him! I couldn’t do it (it’s freakin’ terrifying), and was much happier on the bridge (which was way the hell up as well…but at least I didn’t leap off) taking pictures instead of taking the plunge. Dennis, you are brave. And maybe a bit crazy. Which is why I married you! :)
This was the view from the bridge….
Certainly no denying it’s beautiful. Dennis, yay you!!!
We also took my little Stanley Park Art Find, Oakley, to take some photos for the artist who hid it. Here are a number of shots of the little toy/art.
Some of the natural surroundings in the area…..
We did a little walk around the village/core. There was art on the street, stilt walkers, lots of remnants of the 2010 Olympics and lots of people.
We saw a dog that seemed to smile….
…one that didn’t…..
..and two others that were shy but gorgeous!
Cyclists flying down the mountain and some on the way back up….
Unintentional optical illusion. This cyclist was mid air, but it looks like he’s riding on the rope/beam thing. (so not an engineer!)
On the way back home, we made a pit stop at Alice Lake to check out the water new picnic/beach area. It’s really nice. We’ll get up there at some point….
The dog on the left looks shocked when his owner is being told dogs aren’t allowed in part of the park. HA! And AWWW!
We also saw (if you look carefully) a rock climber….
…and a gondola.
One random heart for the day….
…and that was our Sunday. Have a GREAT week everyone!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Prompt is “fence”. I used this archive shot of a fence you shouldn’t cross.
This was my shot for 365 Days in Nature
And a bunny for Only Shades of Gray.
I spent the day running errands, visiting Cousin Helen and prepping for a dinner party we had tonight. We had feathery visitors too, a baby woodpecker and a hummingbird….
And this guy was in Cousin Helen’s front yard. He needs floss….
This was MOST of the food we served to our friends. We started out with glasses of wine and a platter of mini naan bread, veggies, hummus, dolmades and beans.
(I forgot to photograph the grilled chicken. Oops) This is Nigella Lawson’s watermelon, olive and feta salad (feta on the side for the vegans in the room)…
….potato/green bean salad (with honey dijon balsamic dressing). (the beans were harvested from our garden yesterday…
…curried couscous with dried cranberries, fresh peach and mint.
And grilled peppers and zucchini with balsamic reduction and fresh basil.
Our friends Jenn and Trevor brought peach pie and little pastries for dessert. Yes please, I will have a little of each.
The top of the pie had a random heart….
This is Trevor and Jenn…..
Chris and Dennis….
…and Chris’ wife Marcia.
Lovely evening, good friends, doesn’t get better than that!!!
Happy Sunday everyone!!! (come back tomorrow, we may have quite an adventure)
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Cliche”. I had a rough time with this prompt, so I used the photo below. Cat got your tongue? No, but she has Mr. Feather…. (insert groan here)
Still vegetable week on 365 Days in Nature…..
I used this shot for Only Shades of Gray.
My day’s menu was some cereal with cashew milk for breakfast (I rarely eat cereal, but this morning, it hit the spot), lunch was a bento box with hummus, cucumber, tomatoes, feta, peach and rice cakes. I had some more of my Mom’s neighbor’s cherry tomatoes later….and I’ll show you dinner in a bit.
Photos from my lunchtime walk include standard bird pond shots, a beer flag, trees and a cute dog (named Cooper).
The reason for today’s title, I watched this heron nab a dragonfly while it flew by. Didn’t look good for the dragonfly, but the heron opened it’s beak to eat it, and the dragonfly flew away and escaped. Not his day I guess, and better luck next time Mr. Heron. :)
This has been a very busy social week. Too busy in fact, time to have some down time, but tonight, it was nice to get together with our friends Sandra and Michael. Dennis and I met at work, Sandra and Michael met at work around the same time, and we joke that they dethroned us as the topic of water cooler gossip within a week or so after Dennis and I were the hot topic. :)
We had a beer, then split onion rings, Parmesan Brussels sprouts, truffle oil fries and a veggie burger.
After dinner, we went for a little walk on the pier on the Fraser River. I found a random heart, and we loved the sunset sky, and the spiders. Sorry for those not liking spiders.
Per normal Thursday right now, I won’t be posting because of my late night school class tomorrow night. Before I publish tonight though, I want to acknowledge that Thursday (August 20th) marks one year since my Dad died. In some ways, that day seems like yesterday, and in other ways it feels like a lifetime ago. I miss showing my Dad my photos, and I think he’d love this hummingbird. This one is for you Dad!!! Miss you, you are always in my heart!!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Earth”. I used this earthy picture of Gordon Point in Victoria, taken a couple of weeks ago.
More vegetables for 365 Days in Nature….
..and a leisurely paddle, taken tonight for Only Shades of Gray.
My day’s menu was yogurt with blueberry for breakfast, kale salad (with nutritional yeast, light feta, sun dried tomato and peach) for lunch, snacks of cherry tomatoes, lemon cucumbers and plums….
..and we had a picnic dinner tonight. We picked up a chicken shawarma, and also had some dolmades.
When we got home, we had a cup of lemon sorbet.
Three random hearts from today, a shadow, a gull and a lily pad. <3
Shots from my lunchtime walk (for the record, the pianist at the public piano was AMAZING!!)…
After work, I walked down to Granville Island…..
Dennis picked me up at Granville Island, and we grabbed take out and went and had dinner on the beach. We were both still in our work clothes, but oh well. :) What a beautiful night to be outside, and a beautiful sunset. Here are shots from our picnic.
That was my day. Hope all of yours was good too. Happy Wednesday all!!