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Hi from my parent’s place in Victoria.  Big yay that my Mom was “sprung” from the hospital today.  It’s all healing and health from here on in. I have spoken!  :)

Here are some of the photos from the day.  The day’s pretty blooms from my walk to work….

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Saw this in a book store window.  It is a “how to” guide that I can use to pimp out Neva for cash.  HA!  Kidding….

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The daily hearts….graffiti in a language I don’t understand.  Can anyone translate?

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…and some “heart shaped currents” in the ocean.  (sort of…)

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The beautiful train station/bus depot that I left from…

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…a funky tree outside of the station/depot…

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…and random shots I took from the bus window on the way to the ferry terminal.

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…and shots on and from the ferry.  Complete with a so-so pic of a seal, who was swimming alongside the boat and massive flocks of birds.  Aww…

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It’s late, its been a long day, so time to hit publish and get some sleep.  More tomorrow.

 

 

Truth be told, every day should be Earth Day, but hey….  Along that theme, I returned to work today, and was half jokingly called a “tree hugger” by one of my co-workers.  He saw me wince when he printed half a forest worth of documents that will just be discarded in a couple of days.  sigh.  If I’m a tree hugger, so be it…but at least  I double side and only print what is necessary.

BIG Happy Birthday to my friend Cynthia too!

Happy to report as well that my Mom will be discharged from hospital (again!) tomorrow, so after work, I’ll be heading back to Victoria for a few days to help her and my Dad out.   I’m lucky I have vacation days to use, and that I’m close enough to be there.

In honour of Earth Day, I will fill today’s post with “nature-y”, “earthy” photos!  On my walk to work this morning, I saw a jaunty little snail….

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The “hearts of the day” are here…

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And there is a “hidden background heart” in this shot.  Can you see it?

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Other spring blossoms and greenery?  Really gorgeous.  Most of these are from my lunchtime walk.

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A huge St. Bernard caused quite the sensation with some kids….

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…cool clouds….

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..and a well placed seagull flying against the clouds.

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Other birds of note….pigeons in love.  Awww…

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…and another pigeon who seemed like he wanted to watch.  :)

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…this robin had his mouth full, and also watching the canoodling pigeons….

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But enough of that…here are some goose shots to share.   “Control tower, you are clear for landing…”

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..”as long as you cast an interesting reflection.  Over and out!”.

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Pigeon photobomb!

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The Creature from the Green Lagoon…

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…who was followed by two reflective geese….

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..who were jeered by two geese on the ground who were pretty grumpy.  (with that attitude, I’m guessing goslings are around and are being protected)

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Drumroll….until we see goslings, we’ll have to settle for DUCKLINGS!!!!  As I said earlier, get ready to AWWWWW!!!!  These are the first feathery babies I’ve seen this season, and they are SOOOOOO cute!

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Pigeon photobomb #2…..

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Mama Duck was REALLY hissing at this goose.  Awww…the goose was just walking by and really wasn’t interesting in the babies.  Awww…

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Once Mama knew they were safe, she resumed her yoga practice and did an airplane post.  HA!

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One of the babies found a tiny little fish.  He didn’t seem to eat it, he just chewed it and tossed it around.  OK..one last…AWWWW!

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And I’ll end today’s post with some slightly less “awww inducing” but interesting (to me) nonetheless.  The daily bug gallery….doesn’t the leaf that the first bug is on look like a velour bathrobe?   Well, a very bumpy velour…

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On that note, I’m going to ‘buzz’ off to bed.  (groan!)  I have an early start and a full day tomorrow.  I’ll be back then from my parent’s place.  Have a good Wednesday everyone!

I think many of you will have already seen my Photo A Day Challenge entry for today.  The prompt is “Close”.  I put this photo of a goose’s feet that I took when he and I got up close and personal.

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I found a new online photo editor today…pixlr.com.  OOOH…the fun I can have!  :)   And did have fun with a couple of photos I took today when Dennis and I were walking.

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We also found the standard spring flowers….

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I’m not sure how I saw this slug…he was TINY (about the size of a large paper clip – if that).

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We also saw some fungus that has popped up due to our recent rains….

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We saw not one, but two random shoes within 2 feet of each other.  HA!!!  Two feet?  HA!

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We also saw a random bird’s nest, that must have fallen out of a tree, but was remarkably in tact.  There was nothing in it, this year – but there were feathers so it was the real deal….interesting nonetheless and a mystery how it was on the ground in this condition.

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We also found a scarf keeping a tree warm…

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This fence should be very green soon.

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There was no shortage of creatures in our path….Simbad (aka: Ginger)…

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…don’t know this guy’s name, but he had ‘cattitude’….

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…and Lamb Chop.

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The daily hearts are both natural….

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…and on Simbad’s “Peace, Love and Rescue” collar.

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We were walking to meet our friends Gary and Michelle for lunch.  Our original plan was to go to La Taquaria, the best taco place in the neighborhood.  (IMHO)  However, it was the most closed taco place in the neighborhood today….while we waited I took two reflection pictures in their window.  One has City Hall in it, and the other has us!

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These were on the wall of the building…

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Peekaboo….

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And here are Gary and Michelle.  Michelle’s famous hand hasn’t been photographed for a couple of weeks, but they’re here now!  :)

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I’m heading back to work tomorrow, so will hit publish and get ready to get back to that routine. (for a couple of days anyway….I’ll be heading back to Victoria later in the week) .  Hope everyone’s week is good, and steamy like Michelle’s!  :)

Happy Easter to everyone!  We had a visit from the Easter Bunny this morning (we’re just big kids at heart).  Dennis hunted, and found all kinds of little treats in our living room.

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Neva’s  ‘Bunny Friend” made it’s annual appearance for Photo ops too.

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Out take!  Even without a flash, we had closed eyes…

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Neva was looking for “eggs” (HA!  I actually have no idea what Neva was looking for in her hiding box)….

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I know she was looking at birds when I took this shot….

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These are the “eye catchers” that were courting and dancing on the power pole outside of our apartment building.  Yes, the birds were pole dancing!  That’s life in the big city! :)

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I was out on the deck for a bit this morning, shooting my photo for the Photo A Day Challenge.  Today’s prompt is “Egg”…and I have two Humpty Dumptys – eggs hatching from eggs.

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(we had scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, toast and fruit for breakfast….the shells came in handy)  Sorry Neva…I took yet another shot while you were vigorously “marking” poor Humpty.

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We unplugged and spent the morning relaxing, then this afternoon we went out and had a long, long walk.  Here are a few shots….

Our quirky sand sculpting, rock balancing neighbor is back at it….

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Curly shells and curly ferns…..

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Fun in the dog park….

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Boing……

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Blooms and blossoms o’plenty.  LOVE spring…..

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The hearts of the day are courtesy of nature, and Dennis….

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No hearts on this gate, I just liked them…

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Dennis wasn’t really dressed for pull ups, but did a few anyway….

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…which earned an extra activity point, which was parlayed into a beer after our walk.  Now, we’re going to heat some ham, potatoes and asparagus, crack a bottle of wine and have a quiet Easter dinner.  From all of us (Dennis, Neva and I) to all of you….hope you have had a nice long weekend!!!

…actually, I’ve been a LOT out of whack today.  Can’t seem to get my mind around what day of the week it is, what needs to be done before I get back to Victoria in  a few days and my emotions have been all over the map.

Blog posts are out of whack too, so will just share…

Neva was so happy to see me when I got home last night…. “oh, it’s you?”

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..”well, since you are here, I wouldn’t mind a belly rub”

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Dennis wanted a belly rub too.  :)

I’m getting back to sharing my Photo A Day Challenge pics too.  Today’s prompt is “money”.  Voila…cold, hard Canadian cash.  Cha Ching!

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We sent out for Chinese Food tonight, and will crack a bottle of wine, so will go and have dinner, call it a night, and assume that more “normal” posts will resume tomorrow.  Can’t promise though, life isn’t normal at all right now…but life is good.  Happy Easter to everyone!

As I mentioned last night, I just want to share a few photos from my walk with my Dad yesterday….and will get back to today’s posting later….

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The daily heart was courtesy of an insect.

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The sun/light was perfect for flower/weed/grass photos…

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VERY cool fungus growing on the side of a log.  It was huge, about the size of two hands….but close up, looks like dinosaur skin.  (not that I’ve SEEN dinosaur skin, but it may have looked like this… :) )

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More fungus….

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A couple more shots of the baby hummingbird.  I am SOOOOO lucky to have seen this tiny little fella and his Mom.  Cutest thing EVER!

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Also rarely seen….the illusive bloom from the ‘soother tree’ and the dancey little wood fairy!  :)

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There were tons of water birds, some I’d never seen before….

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I made a new fuzzy, purry friend.  (Shhh…..don’t tell Neva!)

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I think these garden eating deer, thought destructive are cute as can be.  (Shhh….don’t tell my Dad!  Just kidding)

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If you look VERY closely, you can see this hummingbird’s tongue.

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And finally, I caught a lovely sunset on the ferry ride back to Vancouver.

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Happy Easter to everyone!!!!

…for a few days.

I have a few lovely photos from today to share, and will post them tomorrow morning.  Right now, it’s pretty late and I have a husband and kitty to reconnect with after being away for 10 days.

BUT…I REALLY want to share one thing tonight.  My Dad and I went for a walk this morning, and we came across some other walkers who pointed out a tiny baby hummingbird (it was MAYBE the size of half a thumb) and when we were watching, it’s Mom came and fed it.  GORGEOUS!!!!  We were so lucky to see that!

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(not a great photo, but we were giving them distance, and this is cropped a long way from the raw image)

Back tomorrow…Happy Easter weekend to all!

Again, big thanks for sending good wishes our way.  My Mom is doing well, and all systems are “go” for me to return home tomorrow for a few days, and come back next week when she is discharged.  Check out the cloudy view from her hotel hospital room.  :)

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Before my Dad and I went to the hospital this afternoon, we did some grocery shopping and came home via a fantastic beach/salt water lagoon that gave us some good photo ops.  My Dad was SURE we’d been there years ago, but I have no recollection of being here.  Pretty sure I’d remember….  However, come with us on our walk!!!

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We found a little pool with dozens (maybe more) of these tiny sea “bugs” or “babies”….we have no idea what they are.  Anyone? (they did not sting/bite when they were on my finger)

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Here are the day’s “daily hearts”, some natural…..

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one made by my Dad…..

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…and one that will require you to tip your head to the right, look closely and voila…a heart!  :)

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Here are a few more photos of the swans, which were GORGEOUS!

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“Duck Photobomb in the back….”  INCOMING!!!!

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And a pigeon photobomb too!

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Speaking of “BOMBS”….this is why it is my lucky day.  I was photographing these two battling seagulls…they were dive bombing and squawking and having quite the mid-air fight….

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and BOMB….the one of the right let loose and pooped on me.   All over my sweater, all over my arm, and all over my camera.  LUCKY!!!!  :)

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Here are a few other shots of birds that DIDN’T poop on me.

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I’m calling this “optical illusion duck”.  He looks like he has no head…  :)

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And finally, on our way home tonight my Dad and I went to a viewpoint not far from my parent’s home.  Great clouds, great sky, damn cold!

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Happy Long Easter Weekend to all!!!  May your luck shine, but may it NOT involve poop!  :)

Hi All!  So many thanks for all the good wishes and energy sent to my Mom.  She’s still in hospital, will be for a few days, but all in all, is on the road to recovery.  The plan right now is for me to be here for a couple more days, home for a few days, then back here to help out when she is discharged…again.  That said, we’re taking things a day at a time, and of course I’ll be posting updates.

Before we went down to the hospital today, I whipped out for a beach walk.

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The tide was WAY out, it was pretty chilly, but it was a nice walk.  I’ve also made some new friends and will be emailing pictures to various dog owners I met along the beach.  I didn’t realize this beach was an off leash park, there were tons of them, and they were having so much fun.  And I had lots of fun chatting to their owners and taking photos.  Here are just a few of my favorites (and my favorite dogs)

Sad Chester lost his ball – that face is priceless….

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Happy Chester found a rock instead….

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Happy Dia before he slipped on the seaweed.  Dia was happy no matter what though.  Aww…

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Dia, Chester and their friend “Chuck”.  Yup, the dog’s name is Chuck….

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Chuck was huge, but bounced around like a tiny puppy.  He may look mean, but he was just a big old softie…..

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And a sweet little Westie who’s name I didn’t find out.

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Finally, someone needed to be toweled off before getting in the car.  Cute!

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Dogs weren’t the only things on the beach.  There was the standard seaweed, barnacles, shells and rocks….

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I didn’t find many daily hearts….just this seaweed.  Bit of a stretch, I know.

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I managed to get a shot of these little fish that were in the tidal pools.  They are really fast little movers….

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Crows were having a field day looking for food in the tidal pools….

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More deceased crabs….in “make your own crab kit” form, and moved into good light for photos.  No crabs were harmed in the making of this blog.  :)

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And on the way home, I saw these deer.  AWWWW!!!!!  (quite the contortion on the one grooming it’s own back)

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I’m off.  Hope everyone is well!!!!

Boo….my mom has had a little setback today.  She’s back in hospital, but should be back home in a day or two,  HOWEVER, that means I’ll be here a little longer than planned, probably until Friday/Saturday.  But that ALSO means, you lucky people, you’ll have to endure my daily walk pictures for a few more days….and MAYBE some more bugs, just a little longer than expected.

Normal posts will resume once I’m back in Vancouver, bear with me….

Today, I had coffee on my parent’s deck, before the clouds rolled in…

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I also bonded with the hummingbirds that were at the feeders.  Aren’t they cute???

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Quite the “prawn imitation”

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With all the hoopla going on today, I was glad to have a chance to go for a walk on the beach and just decompress a bit, knowing my Mom was in good hands, and exactly where she should be.  Here are a few shots…

I posted this one on facebook too…it is a sad reality when a tree has perkier boobs than you do.  :)

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HA!  We move on….

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Sappy trees….

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Million dollar idea…”make your own crab” kits.  I could find all the parts….

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There was a live little crab walking on the rocks.  Cool colouring on this one, and obviously VERY young….

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Assorted greenery….

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Barnacles…

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Shells (no kidding! :) )

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REALLY liked the patterns and bark of the driftwood….

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And a little “attachment” to a log that would lead me to think there is regular beer drinking down there.  :)

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A couple of “creatures”….

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And finally, two daily hearts.

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It’s been a long day, so I’m going to hit publish and get some sleep.  Hope all of you are doing well.

 

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