…apologies to John Denver.  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Casual”.  This family had a very casual day out last weekend….

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I took this picture of a curious little squirrel yesterday, flipped it into black and white today, and posted on Only Shades of Gray…

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And for my last shot in red week at 365 Days in Nature, I posted this turtle from Lost Lagoon.  If you look closely, you can see a bit of red.

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I had a vacation day today.  It was mainly spent at home getting some work done….I did buzz out for a quick errand this afternoon.  I took a few neighborhood shots while I was out and about….

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Angry leaf….

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…I have NO idea why a bust of George Bush was in an alley.  Big HUH???

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There was TONS of feeding going on today….

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…and lots of watering of our garden plot….

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And tonight, I drove Dennis to the airport.  He’s heading back to Montreal for a week or so to visit his family.

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And on the way back to the car, I saw some photo worthy views…..

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Safe travels D!  I will miss you!   I’m off to my Mom’s tomorrow, so I’m travelling too.  No planes are involved though.  Have a great weekend everyone!!!!  I’ll check in from Victoria tomorrow….

….I’d seen the last of the ducklings and goslings this year….well, you’ll see….

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Starts with C”.  Cat starts with C.  :)

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I took this dragonfly picture today, flipped it into black and white and posted it on Only Shades of Gray…

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…it is still red week at 365 Days of Nature.

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Today, I had blueberries and yogurt for breakfast, watermelon for a snackPicMonkey Collage1

I had a work lunch event that wasn’t appropriate to photograph (I had Indian food), and we just grabbed some sushi for dinner tonight, because we had to eat and run out.  (Our neighbor Ashley was in a play, and we got tickets. So much fun, but it is so late, hence, not many pics today)

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I had a very mini lunchtime walk, I whipped down to the bird pond and back.  And as the title says, just when I thought I’d seen the last of the goslings of the year, I turn a corner, and boom….a couple of dozen more were milling around.  :)

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Other birds, blooms and a very cute dog…..

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I’m off to bed now.  I probably won’t post tomorrow as I have night school and will be getting home late again. (I’ve had lots of late nights this week)  “See” you on Friday.  Happy Thursday to all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Hat”.  I like the jaunty little hat worn by this stilt walker.  I took this photo at a street festival last summer.

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Speaking of hats….this was at the Winter Farmer’s Market a couple of months ago…..

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And red week continues at 365 Days in Nature…..

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I was working last night, and on my way home, I saw this…..

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…and the reflection of the city in a car. OOOOH!

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And today, my menu included iced coffee (with cashew milk), green juice, berries and kiwi with greek yogurt, and my lunch was a hodgepodge of bits and pieces – crackers, hummus, guacamole, cheese and fruit.

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Dennis and I met up after work tonight, we had a beer (well, I had the tasters) and a hummus platter.  We just made some birds in a nest for dinner when we eventually got home.

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Other shots from my two walks today (lunchtime and after work)…..

Two dragonflies….

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…gorgeous butterflies….

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(love the curves of the antenna)

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..You lookin’ at me?

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The blue of these blossoms is BEAUTIFUL!

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Don’t see sailboats run aground very often….

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..seen in windows…..

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…seen on sidewalks…..

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A gull playing in a fountain, songbirds, a reflective young duck and a pigeon having a drink…..

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..I LOVE the name of this moving company!

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Interesting clouds, nice views and paddle boarders (with a dog)….

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..orange feet…..

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Red Rover, he calls goslings over.  (oh, that was a terrible joke…)

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I think these are pretty much the last of the season’s babies…..

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…I just LOVE the mottled feathers of the young birds, who are less fluffy now, and growing their adult feathers.  The patters are beautiful.

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Two beautiful feathers I found today.

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Pretty lily pads….

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Leaping children…..

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And finally….WHOOPS!   Or is that WOOPS??

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We’re caught up now.  Have a great Wednesday everyone!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Within my reach”.  These radishes, that I harvested this afternoon were within my reach. (yes, it IS a stretch, I know…)

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We saw this bloom this afternoon, and it was perfect for “red” week at 365 Days in Nature.

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I took this picture this afternoon, flipped it to black and white and posted this on Only Shades of Gray.

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We started our day hosting a brunch for Cousin Helen’s 90th Birthday.    Here are shots of the gang….

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We were toasting with cocktails that we named the “Nifty Ninety”.  I was made with guava nectar, lychee, coconut water and sparkling wine.

We made a “top your own pancake bar”.  (toppings were syrups, fruit, chocolate chips, whipped cream, nuts, dried fruits and coconut) There was also a fruit platter, turkey sausage and bacon.

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And no birthday party is complete without cake.  :)

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Happy Birthday Helen!!!  We loved celebrating with you!!

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After brunch (and after cleanup and a quick nap..  :) ), Dennis and I ran a couple of errands, and went and watered our little garden.

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Mother Nature sent double love on our lettuce and arugula….

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This ginger was hanging out by the garden.  Awww….

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Once all of our errands were done, we decided to take a little walk along Jericho Beach, and got some “vitamin sea”.  (groan!)

We saw a bunch of crabbers on a dock.  For the most part, the crabs were caught and released because they were either too small, or female.

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From what I can tell, there are many different styles of trap tossing.  :)

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Some people were smelt fishing….

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Birds were fishing too….

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Other birds, a seal, and a dog version of Neva.

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And this dog was SO happy to be on the paddle board.  (I’m sure balancing with the tail wagging was quite a feat)  AWW!

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Dennis and my shadow selfie.

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Other various pics from our walk……

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After our walk, we grabbed a beer and some nachos.  Dinner of champions.  Not!  But it was good….

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I know already that I’ll be working late tomorrow, so there is a good chance I won’t be posting then.  Hope all of you had a great weekend.  “See” you on Tuesday!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Clever”.  Crows may be jerks, but can’t deny, they are clever….

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The weekly theme for the 365 Days in Nature group is red.  I posted this red dragonfly that I took last week.

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Black and White goose in a tizzy, taken on my walk this morning.

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I didn’t take any food shots today.  Oops.  I had coffee and a banana before I went out, a bagel with light cream cheese when I got back, and dinner tonight was a salad with leftover rotisserie chicken from last night.  I had an apple cider too.

I was out and about really early this morning.  I wanted to fit a Lost Lagoon walk into a busy day.  The nature walk in the city truly has become a “happy place” for me, and it is well worth getting up early to take it all in.  I’m really happy to share the wildlife shots here…

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<3!  If you can, do….

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While I was driving around this afternoon, I saw art on a building, and art in a tree.

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And finally tonight, Neva made sure all the laundry was out of the hamper.  Thank you Neva!  :)

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We have something pretty special happening tomorrow.  Come back and see what we’re up to then!  Happy Sunday everyone!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge is “Forced Perspective”.  I used this shot taken from the ferry a few weeks ago.

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I used this shot of Neva for today’s Only Shades of Gray upload….

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And I posted this shot on 365 Days in Nature.

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I had the day off work today.  Most of the morning was spent here at home (though I can’t say I was productive as I’d planned).  I had two scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast….

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…I grabbed a vegetarian sandwich when I was out and about…..

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…and dinner tonight was salad with rotisserie chicken.

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I had a glass of wine too, but forgot to take a photo.

Neva helped me with some spanish study this morning.  Gracias Neva.  :)

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I walked down to our little community garden and gave it some water.  I’m really happy with the way things are growing.  With the exception of the carrots….they don’t seem to be keeping up with the rest of the vegetables.  Time will tell…..

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I met an Albino Pekineses dog…..

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…a three month old puppy…..

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…a very friendly kitty…..

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…an unfriendly gull….

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..and a very hungry pigeon being fed by a little girl.

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I also went by my favorite bird pond, that was FULL of gawky almost non-goslinglike goslings and some late season ducklings.  Some of the goslings look like Billy Idol.  Just an observation…  :)

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And finally, here is an interesting light on a cloud at sunset.  Ohhh…  :)  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Balloons”.  I used this photo from a couple of months ago.  What a great party to include a pony shaped balloon and a magic path?? :)

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Interesting clouds after work tonight….even more interesting in black and white and posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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And I posted this pic from a couple of weeks ago on 365 Days in Nature, since it is still leaf week.  Dennis’ hand is there for scale.

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Today’s menu….in collage form.  Breakfast was iced coffee, mango and two mini jalapeno biscuits with light cream cheese and a little honey.  Lunch was a bento box with hummus, crackers, carrots, light cheese and smoked tofu.

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And we were really late home tonight, so grabbed some fish and chips, brought it home and had a glass of wine with it.

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On my lunchtime walk, I made a couple of new friends….

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Watched some wildlife…..

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…and “oooh’d and aaah’d” (in my mind) at the growing rock balance collection, and the 100 in 1 Day Vancouver , urban beautification project.  This one was a do it yourself yarn bomb on a chain link fence.  I love things like this….

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After work, I walked down to our little community garden, and had our first harvest….multi coloured radishes.  May seem silly, but I was pretty excited!!  :)  Let the home grown salads begin!

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I hadn’t planned on going for a second walk, but it was a gorgeous night, Dennis wasn’t able to pick me up until later, so I took another walk down to Granville Island along the seawall.  I walked by the dog park, my favorite gnarly tree, and gulls at the bird pond….

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I also saw a heron up a tree….

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Peekaboo!!!!

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I passed a seal, a paddling group, a yarn bomb and of course, the daily group of ducklings, goslings and other assorted birds….

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And finally, I walked by a tap room with a fun sign and growler….and took a few pictures of spot prawns while I was waiting for our fish dinner.

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I won’t be posting tomorrow, because I have spanish class tomorrow night.  I will be back on Friday though.  Have a happy Thursday everyone!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “smile”.  This man, who we met at a street festival last summer had the warmest smile!

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Mother Nature sent some love my way, via this leaf, which I posted for leave week on 365 Days in Nature.

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The ducklings and goslings are growing quickly.  I found just a FEW cute ducklings today, put them into black and white, and posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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I had my first iced coffee of the summer today.  I used some cashew milk….oooh….artsy.  :)

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Today, I had yogurt, 2 mini jalapeno biscuits with light cheese, a salad with quinoa, smoked tofu, tomato and cucumber, and a banana.

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Dinner was a cider, a turkey burger and nugget potatoes.

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I walked down to our little garden at lunchtime.  The warm weather is making the plants SOAR.  :)

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The bugs and spiderman (from a little boy who was there with his mom watering their plot) were in with the plants.

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Seems that there was goose poop on the lawn too….

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I walked back to work via my favorite bird pond.  Wow…a square seagull!  :)

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Normal shaped seagulls….

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And a young gull trying to catch dragonflies…..

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Dragonflies really are beautiful….

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I saw while these are called “skimmers”…..

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Turtles, roots and feathers too….

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Cat and dog….taken on my long way home walk after work…..

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The season’s ducklings and goslings are growing quickly, and are becoming gawky.  I did find a few tiny ones…

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…and as today’s title says.  Not quite as cute as they were, but there are still BOATLOADS of young birds walking around.  For likely one of the last times this year, here is a gawky gallery….

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Dennis picked me up after my walk.  And look at the fun we had on the way home.  (thank you for the repair BCAA!)

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OK…waving good night!  “See” you tomorrow, happy Wednesday everyone!!!

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Big Happy Birthday to my good friend, Suz! Happy birthday buddy!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is Urban Geometry.  I chose this geometric building downtown, with some cloud reflection thrown in.

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I posted this photo, that I took on my walk to work this morning, on 365 Days of Nature.  It is leaf week there, and I liked the way the leaves shaped around the bloom.

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The leaves reminded me of the arm position of this (thank you Google images)…..

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(showing my age on this one…)

I posted this photo, that I took yesterday, on the Only Shades of Gray.  You’ll see a few more heron shots in a sec….

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I did up a collage of most of my meals today….breakfast was green juice,berries and yogurt, I had two mini jalapeno biscuits with coffee, lunch was a kale salad, and later on I had carrots and guacamole.  Dinner was pasta with pesto.

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I have a few photos to share from yesterday and today.  Yesterday morning, when I was over at my Mom’s, I took a quick beach walk in the morning to get some exercise.

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He’s a little crabby, hopefully he’s happier now.  HA!  (groan!)

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There were SOOOO many herons!  And they were active!  Also territorial from the looks of things…..  Welcome to the heron overload section of today’s post….

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Amazing!  I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time to see this!

While Mom and I were out and about, we passed a farm with really friendly chickens, and some funky artwork made with re-purposed glass.

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I was sad to leave, but it was a lovely night for the ferry ride back.  Here are shots from last night, and some sunset by the terminal in Vancouver as well.

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We did a quick plant water last night too….and there was a pretty view from the garden.

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This morning, Neva looked pretty.  :)

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So did a hummingbird at our feeder.

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On my walk to work, I saw something dangling from a tree….

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I love flaky things like this!  :)

I also bumped into our neighbor.  He and his partner lost their beloved Lila pup in January.  He was really excited to introduce me to their new family member, Cody.  OMG…he’s adorable.  10 weeks old, and just a ball of love.  It’ll be fun watching this little guy grow. Welcome to the neighborhood little Cody!

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I took a quick walk at lunchtime.  EEEK….a bird with no head…

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…so silly!

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Other birds, rats eating the bird’s seed, bugs and blooms….

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Have a great week everyone!  “See” you tomorrow.

Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria.  It was a pretty amazing ferry ride over, but more about that in a sec….

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Bucket Listed”.  This was taken this morning, not one, but two whales swimming alongside the ferry.  Strike “see a few whales” off the bucket list…I’m so lucky!!!  It was amazing….

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It is “leaf” week over at 365 Days in Nature, and I used this archive shot from last fall, of a leaf that had fallen off a tree, and landed on a pond.  Oooh, artsy.  :)

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This shot was taken from the ferry, turned black and white and posted on Only Shades of Gray…..

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I grabbed a bagel with light cheddar and some coffee for breakfast….

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Mom and I had salad and ham sandwiches for lunch.  And we were yacking, and I forgot to take a photo.  Oops!

Our send out for Chinese food tradition continues.  We ordered two dinners for one, and had bits of all.

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I also picked a glass of wine off the wine bush on my Mom’s deck.  LOL.

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Mother Nature gave me soooo many gifts on the ride over from Vancouver to Victoria.  This was our boat…

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There were herons on the dock before we left Vancouver…..

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Jellyfish – HUGE jellyfish…..

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One seal….

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MANY seals…..

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As I said above, I saw humpback whales – they were amazing, photos don’t do justice…..

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Lovely scenery….

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And when we got to the dock in Victoria, I saw diving birds….

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…a starfish on the dock…

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…and when a seagull got up and walked around, we saw her nest and egg.  So cool!

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This afternoon, we went for a visit at my Mom’s good friends Gordon and Mae’s.  Gordon was like a brother with my Dad, and they are very special to our family.  They live in a nice area with lots of wild visitors…

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This is a very mini “art gallery”, created by someone Gordon knows.  The detail on these TINY paintings (in both watercolour and oils) is incredible.

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And this is Mae’s “fully in boom” Korean dogwood tree.

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It has been a good day, and it is nice to be hanging with my Mom.  I likely won’t post tomorrow because I’ll be getting a later ferry home.  Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.  “Talk to you” on Monday!

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