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Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “Out the window”. I took this shot out of our window this morning.
I posted this picture of a beautiful wood duck, that I took yesterday, on the 365 Days in Nature site.
And I posted this picture of a swan either indicating he is dominant, sending me a feathery heart, or showing me what a toilet seat looks like. :)
I didn’t have breakfast this morning. Not because I didn’t want to, but I was having a series of routine blood tests during the morning, so had to fast since last night. Once I was done, I grabbed a sandwich at a cafe not far from my doctor’s office. It was vegetarian with hummus.
I went for another long walk today. Along the way, I stopped for some water….and the store I went into was selling a “new and exciting” product at a deep discount, to get people to buy and try. I am sooo ok with trying new things, so I gave it a go….raspberry flavoured birch sap water. Yes…birch sap…. :)
The verdict? It tastes like…..WATER with raspberry flavour. I KNOW!!! Shocking!!! :) It tasted ok, the whole pouch was 45 calories, but would I buy it again? ONLY if it was sold at a deep discount again. I would have a really hard time spending $4.00 for water. However, fun to try….
I noticed too that it was distributed from “Horsefly, B.C”. Um…I’ve lived in BC since I was in my teens, and I’d never heard of Horsefly. Thank you Google! And thank you picmonkey.com for providing the arrow and the “fly”….
For the record, I did NOT have Beef Ball soup, that was on a street sign….one that becomes pretty childish when you look at the photo. Those aren’t your mama’s meatballs….no thank you! :)
Dennis was out tonight, so it was just me for dinner. I had lentil/vegetable soup (thank you Vicky!!) with leftover from last night baguette and melted cheese.
Before I went to my appointment, I saw this interloper on the hummingbird feeder. :)
…and this one was taunting Neva, who was looking out the window at it.
After lunch, I walked to cousin Helen’s for a visit. I saw all kinds of things along the way…..
Colourful Adirondack chairs and umbrellas on display….
Funny flasks in a store window…
LOL. Good sign.
Early blossoms. (which are apparently causing concern to the organizers of the cherry blossom festival at the end of the month. Looks like the blossoms will be gone during the festival time)
The first unfurling fern I’ve seen this year.
Face on a tree trunk…
..and just a tree trunk that I thought has beautiful textures and pattern….
And the eyeglass tree, in full bloom. HA!
The magnolia trees seem to have discolourations and damage on their blooms….
I stopped at an outdoor bird store (yes, there is such a thing) for a bit more seed for the deck, and came across this!
That is Tabitha the tabby…she is the resident cat at the store. When she was younger, she was brought in to be a mouser. With all the seed in the store, mice were a problem. Now, Tabby is 16, she sleeps most of the time…and is obviously spoiled rotten. AWW!
Other animals I saw and went “awww”, this guy has two different coloured eyes….
…this puppy is just ridiculously cute….
…this dog was ridiculously energetic….
…this cat was ridiculously dark (it’s all I could think of…)
…I was only a block or so away from Cousin Helen’s place, and something caught my eye. Seems her neighbor has “urban chickens”. Huh????
…interesting architectural features on a house….
…and a flat tire.
And as the title says….the bugs are back! I saw sooo many today. And I love photographing bugs. Bring it on!!!
And oooh….shadow shot….
I’m off to see my Mom tomorrow, so will check in from her place in Victoria. Happy Friday to all!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “geometric”. I walked by this geometric stained glass window today when I was out and about.
I took this photo this afternoon, turned it black and white, and posted it on Only Shades of Gray.
I also saw this guy today…took a shot (or 12) and posted this on 365 Days in Nature.
I took a picture of breakfast and lunch, but had run out of camera battery at dinner time. Breakfast was toast with light cheddar and sugar free jam, lunch was a turkey sandwich that I bought when I was out and about, and dinner was pasta with light alfredo and a piece of baguette.
I spent most of the day walking around Stanley Park, a huge park just off of downtown. It was really sunny, but cold. And it was a lovely way to spend a staycation day. I know this will come as a shock, but I took A LOT of photos. I KNOW!!!!!! I collaged them all, come with me….
Even in the “off season” the park has so much colour and life. Whenever I go, I wonder why I don’t get there more often. Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Open”. I posted this picture of a seagull…open wide, and say ahhh. :)
I posted this picture on the Only Shades of Gray site…
…and I used this deer for my post on the 365 Days in Nature site.
This morning, I had some yogurt with granola for breakfast….
Lunch was a ham and veggie sandwich on an olive bun….
I had a non fat maple macchiato this afternoon…..
(and my name was even spelled right)
And dinner tonight leftover blue menu mac and cheese, eaten FAR too late after my spanish class. Ug.
This was day 2 of my staycation….I sent the morning at home doing laundry, housework etc. I also did what I every morning when I’m home…..stalk the hummingbirds at our feeders…..
…and pay attention to Neva.
This afternoon, I met my friend Melisa and Baby I for a walk. We realized we were in the same spot that we were last summer before Baby I came along. Well…close enough….
Isn’t he adorable???? “What? I have to put my hat back on???”
WEEEEE! Love the way this pic turned out….
We walked by some spring flowers, blossoms and fungus….
We also saw the rare and illusive screwdriver tree….in full bloom.
We passed by the very busy dog park….
Hello, nice to meet you….
…ANNND…nice to meet you at this end too.
(Fran, this is ALMOST a Bella lookalike…just different colour)
Bird’s eye view….for the pole climber, and me.
Speaking of birds….
I’d love to know the story about this stencil, that was on the side of a building.
I don’t think the moon was quite full tonight, but it sure was huge in the sky. (I took this on my way to class tonight)
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Part of me”. No explanation needed…and yes, my eyes are blue. :)
I posted this picture of two cormorants I saw today on the 365 Days in Nature group.
And I popped (pun! Bubbles pop!) this photo of a bubble machine that I also saw today into black and white, and posted it on the Only Shades of Gray site.
Neva posed with today’s mascot, “Errol”.
I took my breakfast with me when I was out this morning, it was a banana, two pieces of little big bread and some almond butter.
I went for a walk with my friend Michelle (and her famous hand) this morning, then we went for lunch with her husband Gary. I had a spicy tuna roll, and a half order of tuna sashimi.
When I got home this afternoon, I made a smoothie with almond milk, frozen peaches and frozen mango.
And dinner tonight was chicken cooked in Blue Menu peanut sauce, with brown rice and peas.
Before I went out, I saw two very distinct hummingbirds at the feeder. They are lovely!
Speaking of lovely…. :) LOL! Yes Neva, I know you are there….
I took the train, seabus and a bus to get to Michelle’s place. It was actually really quick….sometimes it is so nice not to be driving. I don’t have train pics, but I do have a pic of the walkway to the seabus….
And the seabus hit a big wave on the crossing (from downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver – takes about 15 minutes)
This is the view of downtown from the North Vancouver side (with the seabus I was on going back in the other direction)
There was a big flock of cormorants on the roof of the terminal. And the way the sun was shining on them, they looked blue/green and black
I did quite the double take on this shot. The bird in the middle looks like it has two beaks….but no, it is two birds.
I also saw a bubble machine…..
..speaking of love, a couple of done the lock on the fence thing. When Dennis and I eventually get to Paris one day, we want to put a lock on the very famous bridge with all the locks. :)
Just a couple of shots of the market attached to the seabus terminal…..air plants….
…and the ceiling/roof of the building itself.
This wasn’t in the market itself, but I think it is “interesting” marketing. :)
Michelle and I went for a nature walk not too far from her and Gary’s home. It is a beautiful part of the area. We went by a building with a great fountain and totem pole on our way to the walking path…
I have NO idea how this picture is black and white. It transferred from camera to computer like that. Huh??? I will have to google and find out what I did.
We shared the path with humans, dogs and horses….
This cat that was in a window has beautiful markings. AWW….
Once I was on my way back to the city, I took the circular route to the seabus, and went along the spirit trail, just to see what it was all about….
There was a little flurry of activity in one area. I caught a shot of people walking, between two houseboat and with downtown Vancouver behind them…artsy….
Wonder what he was diving for…..
And finally, when I was back on the Vancouver side, I found a few more signs that spring has arrived early….
It was a really nice day 1 of my staycation. I hope all of you are having a good week…and that spring arrives in EVERYONE’s neck of the woods soon!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Starts with R…” I posted this picture of a ram, that I took last weekend. Not baaaaad! :)
It is “eye week” on the 365 Days in Nature site, so I used this closeup with a very visible eye.
And I took this picture of Neva (and her whiskers) this morning, so flipped it into black and white and posted it on the Only Shades of Gray site.
Before I say what was on the day’s menu, check out this mascot. He is a solar powered “dancing” sumo. It was pretty nice this morning, so his “dancing” was quite vigorous. LOL! If any of you can read Japanese, please you let me know what the words on the front are? :)
Breakfast this morning was a Roz McMuffin, a sandwich thin with ham, egg and spinach.
We met some friends for drinks/snacks this afternoon (more on that in a bit), and I had a mango iced tea and some poorly photographed edamame.
I had some multigrain crackers and salsa when we got home….
Dinner tonight was pork tenderloin (in a teriyaki sauce) with roasted nugget potatoes and the first asparagus of the season. The asparagus was SOOOO good!
I also had a guava kombucha. (speaking of kombucha, my scoby to make my own kombucha is growing well. It ain’t pretty, but it’s my “Scoby Dos”. Second attempt lucky…and photos will follow soon. Warning: those won’t be for the faint of heart. Just kidding)
The whisker shot wasn’t the only one of Neva today. She was torn here….”do I watch the birds on the deck? Or do I pose for the camera? I’ll pose! :)
While posing, she missed these.
After breakfast, I went grocery shopping on my favorite funky street, Commercial Drive. I parked a couple of blocks away from my favorite little market, and on the way there I saw….a shoe in a tree….
…two squirrels in a tree…..
…I saw a loud little bird in a tree with blossoms…..
….and then, I saw the rarely seen panda in a tree. :) Would love to know the story of that…..
I didn’t see anything unusual IN this tree, but love the look of the gnarly tree before the leaves grow.
I saw this note pinned ON a pole. Love stuff like this, and I took a little love and put it in my pocket.
…this was on the pole as well. Namaste.
I made a very fluffy new friend (he followed me all the way to the store)
No wall is complete without an eagle who seems armed. HUH???
..dreamcatcher in a window….
..and a funny sticker.
I went for a visit to Cousin Helen’s, and on the way there I took this photo (the car was stopped at a red light) This was only a quarter (or so) of all the pigeons.
After that visit, Dennis and I met up with our old friends Sandra and Michael. All four of us used to work together, and they “coupled up” at the same time Dennis and I did. We’ve all moved on work wise, but have some fun memories of being the topic of the water cooler conversations…. LOL. Cheers to old friends!! (and mocktails for me!)
We met at a little restaurant by the Fraser River. When we left, I took a few pictures from a nearby walkway. Mostly birds with a few logs tossed in.
That was my weekend. How was yours? I’m very lucky and glad, I have the next week off work. I had some vacation days to use up, so I’m having a little staycation for the first few days, then will head over and spend some time with my Mom too. Have a GREAT week all!!!
Yesterday’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt was “still life”. I looked all over for a black background, and the t shirt over the table didn’t really work well. So I did a bit more of a “macro still life”, using a little tagine and some whole spices. It’s a stretch….I know.
Today’s prompt is “thank you”. I used this collage of two pictures….I found this rock on a path a few months ago.
I posted this picture of the heron I saw yesterday on the 365 Days in Nature site.
And I popped this picture of lunch on the seawall, that I took last fall into Black and White for the Only Shades of Gray group.
The day’s was a little “hit and miss” nutritionally. The morning got away from me, and I ended up having nothing but coffee until almost lunch time. I am a FIRM believer that breakfast is very important…so I’m hanging my head on this one. When I got home, I had baked pita chips with yogurt/kale dip.
Dennis and I went to Menchies for some frozen yogurt this afternoon. I had vanilla and maple with strawberries, and toasted coconut marshmallow.
Dinner tonight was leftover pork heated with some sweet and sour sauce and peppers. I served it over brown rice.
And I had a big ol’ glass of wine. This is the last glass of wine I’ll have for a month.
I have committed to the “Lose the Booze” challenge for charity for the month of March. The idea is that you give the money you’d spend on booze over the month to the charity of your choice. I’m not a really big drinker (though wine on weekends is nice), so I may up the donation a little at the end of the month to make it worthwhile. I will be splitting my donation between Photographers Without Borders, a Canadian charity that uses volunteer photographers to raise awareness,promote and document work being done around the world. (I am very hopeful I will be able to get involved with them on a closer level in the coming years.) and FINCA Canada, an organization that helps impoverished women in the third world start their own business to increase their standard of living. Both organizations do great work, but it is work outside of my city, so I will also be giving 31 non perishable food items (one for each day of the month) to the Vancouver Food Bank.
Dennis was working this morning, so I got up early and dropped him off so I could use the car during the day. On the way back, I took a little walk because the morning was so nice. It was flippin’ cold though….note to self: Keep gloves in your bag. :) No complaints though, it was lovely to be out and about before sunrise. Here are some of the shots I took. The reflection pics explain today’s title.
The birds were a bit reflective too.
Some weren’t reflective, but were very good at pointing toward the east….
…diving in the cold water….
…and dropping feathers.
Others just walked tightropes. Not really….
I found a big question mark. And I questioned why it was there….
Grasses that caught the sunrise light….
Wooden sculptures made out of logs….
…these sculptures seemed to be perches for crows…..
I almost went down to the big birds….. :)
AWWW! Four dogs outside of a coffee shop waiting for their owners….
“how you doin’??” :)
This dog seems to be flying. :)
When I got home, I did some housework, some spanish homework, I played with Neva in her new basket…
Freshened up the water in the hummingbird feeder….
And when I picked up Dennis this afternoon, I took this picture of gargoyles on the Hotel Vancouver.
They are a little creepy! I love gargoyles though.
How is YOUR weekend going? Hard to believe tomorrow is March. Happy Sunday and happy new month everyone!!
I’m running a little behind today, so haven’t posted for the Photo A Day, the 365 Days in Nature or the Only Shades of Gray sites….I’ll play catch up in the morning.
Actually, I’ve been running late all day. Dennis left for work a little earlier than normal today. After he left, I went back to sleep…ooops. I wasn’t late for work, but I didn’t have time to make breakfast or lunch to take to work with me. So, I stopped for a coffee and a muffin on the way to work, and I picked up a tuna panini for lunch….
When we got home, we had a glass of wine. I tried to make it artsy…. :)
And dinner tonight was whole wheat, butternut squash pasta with tomato sauce, a piece of foccacia and some Parmesan.
When I was out at lunchtime today, I saw my first worm of the year. :)
I also saw a tree that was COMPLETELY covered with fungus. Pictures don’t do justice, it was amazing….
This fungus was on a different tree. There are some crazy spores in the air….I don’t remember seeing so many of these things before.
Every day, there are different/new blooms and plant life.
I also found a very startled looking leaf. HA!!! I know…its a stretch….
I posted this picture on facebook….and from my (random) heart to yours….best wishes….. (I love this random heart)
Gulls were still being moody and territorial at the bird pond…..quite the lean for the guy on the left.
This beautiful heron was there too. Gorgeous!!!!
…even with the wind gave him quite the hairdo….
Then…he was outta there.
After work, I walked down to my yoga studio to pay my monthly fees, and go to the public market to pick up the pasta and some fruit and vegetables. It’s getting so much lighter in the evenings now. YAY!
…just a few more bird shots. (maybe in my next life, I’ll be a nature photographer. HA! Just kidding…)
There was other activity along the seawall…….
When I was down at the market, I was playing with light on pier shots, night shots and all kinds of pictures of goods in store windows. It is a very colourful place…..
(no home is complete without a hockey playing chicken figurine…. :) )
…just some other pops of colour and texture….
Now…I’m going to hit publish and go and crash out….like Neva did earlier. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!!
I did something silly this morning. I inadvertently deleted the pictures of today’s menu (taken before I left for work…) DUH!
In a nutshell, I had toast with almond butter for breakfast, I had a banana during the morning, my lunch was a sandwich on Little Big Bread with leftover rotisserie chicken and smoked havarti cheese. I also had some farmer’s market carrots. We had birthday cake for four of my colleagues this afternoon, and after work tonight, I met my friend Angela for a drink. We were at a venue that really wasn’t appropriate for photos, so I’ll just share that I had a beer flight and nachos for dinner. Yup…meal of champions. But it was soooo good to see Angela again!!! I promise not to delete the wrong pictures tomorrow.
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Grow”. I nabbed this picture from last summer’s archives. I’m looking forward to growing our own veggies again this summer.
I posted this pic of some snowdrops growing through last year’s leaves on the 365 Days in Nature site….
And I posted this picture of a stretching heron on the Only Shades of Gray site. You’ll see this guy again later in the post….
I met Michelle for pre-work coffee today. I had a non fat cinnamon dolce latte. The barrista, who hasn’t worked there long said to me when she took my order, “Your name is Tiffany, isn’t it?” Sure…I’ll be Tiffany. Beats Rose and Ross… :)
At lunchtime, I walked by the vet that works with the cat rescue organization. Check out the two little cuties looking for their forever home. AWWW!
I also saw some blooms on a tree….
…and I just LOVE the yellow/purple crocus’.
Power washing the seawall….
…powerful eagle flying by…..
…dragonboats out in force….
Down at the bird pond (aka: my happy place), I saw all kinds of water fowl….
…look at the background of this shot….
Isn’t this heron spectacular? And the way the wind is blowing his head feathers, I think it looks like a crown or a tiara. HA!
…yes, that IS funny. :)
That was my Thursday. All downhill to the weekend now! Happy Friday to all.
Did you wear pink to bring awareness to bullying prevention today? There were lots of us in pink at work today…..hopefully bullying in every form, in every place and at any age becomes unacceptable! Pink on!!!
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Reflection”. I used this picture of a snail on a mirror that I took last fall.
I posted this shot on the 365 Days in Nature group….
And why not put a picture of spaghetti into black and white and post on Only Shades of Gray? :)
The days menu recap include a whole wheat bagel with almond butter for breakfast (photographed with a mascot in a pink shirt)….
Berries during the morning….
A wrap with brown rice and veggies for lunch….
I had a few of these parsnip chips during the afternoon….
I had a glass of wine when I got home (may as well have wine this week….because next week is a new month, and I’m involved in a “lose the booze for charity challenge” for the month of March. More on that to follow…)
…and dinner was home made bbq chicken pizza on flatbread. (it had peppers, mushrooms, chicken, light mozzarella and bbq sauce)
I’ll share a few shots from my lunchtime walk, then I’m off to see the season premier of my favorite Amazing Race….
For whatever reason, I saw a few rogue pieces of clothing while I was out and about. Maybe the pink hat is for pink shirt day….and the gloves? Well, someone just lost it.
Suz, this one is for you!
I’m not a big fan of crows, but these two nuzzling and preening each other was actually quite sweet.
I loved watching the ducks….
…a few other birds….
It is dragonboat season already….
..a few plants that caught my eye….
..and I see a face in this tree. Do you?
Not necessarily a pretty face! :)
Off to Tokyo with the Amazing Race teams…in my mind. :) Happy Thursday everyone!
Hola amigos! :) I am posting late tonight since I just got in from Spanish class.
Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “12 o’clock”. I took this shot at noon, when I was out for my lunchtime walk today.
I used another gull shot to post on the Only Shades of Gray site. This guy was looking into our windows this morning.
And I thought this was too pretty not to post on the 365 Days in Nature site. This week’s theme is shadows…but oh well.
The day’s menu recap: Breakfast was toasted Little Big Bread with almond butter and banana…
I had some berries during the morning….
Lunch was leftover “clean out the fridge pasta” from last night….
Someone named “Rose” had a non fat cinnamon dolce latte….
I had a pear after work…..ariba! :)
And dinner after class was a grilled cheese sandwich and some blueberries.
There were some beautiful cloud formations this morning. I took these shots from our deck.
As I mentioned above, I went for a lovely walk in the sunshine today. Our temperatures have dropped, but we are not complaining at ALL. We are still very, very lucky. I saw a big magnolia tree in bloom. But the ends of many of the blooms looked like they were “burnt”. I wonder if this is a result of the unusual warm weather and early blooms. Hmmm…..
On the way down to my favorite bird pond, I saw some other blooms…..
…some funky fungus…..
…paddlers being “chased” by a police boat. (not really…)
…and a seal. (which is VERY unusual in this part of the city)
I’ve decided the bird pond is one of my “happy places”. :) Two gulls showed me their uvulas. LOL! (I think they were yawning, because neither of them made a sound when they had their mouths open)
Gulls in flight….
..the geese had a lot to say…..
…and the crow just watched it all happen.
This afternoon, I grabbed a quick coffee with my buddy Melisa, and little Baby I. Isn’t he cute????? Full of smiles….
…then unimpressed with my jokes. Tough crowd! :)
Doesn’t get much more “awwww” than that!!! :)
And finally tonight, I leave you with a clover with heart shaped leaves, and a heart eaten out of one of the leaves.
Have a wonderful Wednesday all!!!