Big yay!  Our computer is back up and running.  Seems there was a hiccup (more like a belch really) when a windows update was trying to load.  Caused a crash, however, all fixed, all covered by the warranty, all good.

Before I get to the day, I really want to share just a few pics from the last couple of days.  The first one was in Victoria on Sunday.  The blossoms are beautiful, and the building with spire at the back was where my mom had her office back in her working days.  The building is a theatre.  And it is lovely.

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…someone thought this tree was cold.  HA!  (but the last couple of days have been colder than normal)

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This heron in the still water was GORGEOUS!!!  (there seem to be many, many more herons that I remember this year)

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A snail for no apparent reason….

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And finally, the white dog’s tail makes it look like the dog on the right has a faux hawk.  LOL.

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AND….we move on to today.

The Photo A Day Challenge prompt today is “Up”.  I took this shot this morning from our deck, there is no snow in the city, but there is snow UP on the North Shore mountains.

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This was my pink picture for the 365 Days in Nature site….

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And this was taken today in colour, but the black and white version was my day’s upload on Only Shades of Gray.

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Breakfast this morning was a weight watcher’s bagel with almond butter and an apple….

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I had a kale salad and banana at my desk for lunch, and didn’t take a picture.  Brain fart!

Dinner was quick, tortellini with light alfredo and sun dried tomatoes, and some multigrain cranberry bread.

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I’m a little in love with my new Minion.  I got him at the thrift store I went to with my Mom on Saturday.  :)

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The day’s “blooms and greens gallery”….

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Other “non wildlife” shots from today.  A smart car with artwork….

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…other artwork….

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…where I walked after work….

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….love the tree shadows along the sidewalk….

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…and yes, sometimes it does.  :)

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This made me reflective…

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Optical illusion of the day.  A crow that looks like it has a very long beak…but no, it doesn’t….

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I saw my first “urban coyote” at lunchtime today.  Must admit, he was a little intimidating….

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Urban seal….

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…and a boatload of birds.  :)

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It is good to be back!!!  Happy Wednesday all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “paper”.  I used this archive picture of paper lanterns at the winter equinox festival last year.

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I know this one is a stretch for “pink week” on the 365 Days in Nature site.  I took this picture of a deer (with a pink tongue) in my Mom’s neighborhood yesterday.

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I took this photo from the ferry between Victoria and Vancouver last night.  I turned it black and white and posted it on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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I didn’t have a good point day yesterday, but today was much better.  I had a toasted weight watchers bagel with cheddar for breakfast….

…I met my friend Carli for lunch today.  I had the lunch “trio”, salad, soup and little turkey buns….

….when I got home from work I had some popcorn….

…and dinner tonight was chicken cooked in curry sauce, with brown rice/quinoa, peas and chutney.

(I also had a cup of frozen yogurt, but my camera battery is charging so I didn’t get a picture)

Grrrr!!!!  Writing this on my phone…… Our stupid computer just crashed…. More tomorrow. I hope. Sometimes technology drives me nuts!

 

Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria!

Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “this smells so good…”.  I LOVE the smell of lilac…

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The week’s theme on the 365 Days in Nature site is “pink”.  I used this picture of magnolias that I took a couple of weeks ago.

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We saw deer hanging out on my Mom’s road this afternoon.  AWWW!!!  And in black and white for posting on Only Shades of Gray?  AWW!

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I was rushing around to get to the ferry this morning, and just didn’t think to photograph my toast with honey, and Mom and I had open faces capicolli sandwiches with coleslaw for lunch – which I also didn’t think to photograph.  Oops!  I did however, remember to take a pic of the chinese food we had delivered and a glass of white wine.

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I also had two of these….but we’ll talk about that in a sec…..

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Here are some pics from my journey from Vancouver to Victoria this morning…..

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Here are the three deer….once more…AWWWW!!

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My mom and I did some errand running, and we also stopped by a thrift store.  There were TONS of these shoes for sale, all my size, and completely and utterly unwearable.  Well, if one was in the upright position.  I suppose if you were lying down…well….we won’t go there.  (I have to say though, my legs look fairly shapely in them…  :) )  LOL!!!

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Speaking of LOL….check out these LP covers.  Doesn’t Mrs. Mills look happy with herself and the Hap-Hap-Happy Album, and LOL at the nude with the wind instrument.

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I also stopped by my friends Marion and Carlo’s place for a quick visit.  Marion’s daughter Anna is the baker, and her ginger cookies were freakin’ stellar!  Thanks Anna!!!!!  This is their freakin’ cute dog Lilly!   As you can see, she wore herself out playing with Mr. Squeaky Duck and wanting to go in then out, then in, then out….  Oh Lilly!!!

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My mom’s garden has some beautiful blooms, and an active robin’s nest.  :)

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I’m not sure if I’ll be posting tomorrow, it’ll depend on what time I get home.  Have a wonderful rest of the weekend all.  From me, and Mrs. Mills.  :)

Like yesterday, its a bit late for blogging, so the post will have fewer words, and more “stories” via photos.

The Photo A Day Challenge prompt today is “dark”.  I used this full moon pic from last week…

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I posted this picture, taken on my walk to work this morning on the 365 Days in Nature site.  It is probably the most beautiful tulip I’ve ever seen.

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And this heron, seen today at lunchtime was posted on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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The day’s menu started out with toasted Little Big Bread with butter and wildflower honey from the farmer’s market….

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I had some yogurt during the morning….

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Lunch was a turkey sandwich….

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…and an apple…..

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Tonight I had a glass of white wine and some freezer lasagna and a piece of bread.

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Exciting news in the land of weightingfor50!  The kombucha scoby “mother” that I have been growing for the last few weeks is ready to go.  Time to make a batch of kombucha!!!  (and yes, I’m aware it looks a bit gross)

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Hi Neva!

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Humpty Dumpty came with me on my lunchtime walk.  And yes, at one point he was standing on a wall….but there was no great fall.

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And here are the rest of the shots of the day….no words needed.  Have a great weekend everyone!!!!!

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It is very late, so I’ll be catching up on the photo challenges tomorrow….and will simply let today’s photos tell my daily story.  Feel free to ask questions, and have a wonderful Friday.  :)

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “breakfast”.  I didn’t have this for breakfast today, but I was at an off site work session again today, and wasn’t able to photograph my real breakfast of fruit, yogurt, granola and an oatcake with jam.  This oatmeal was from a few months ago….

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I saw this decomposing leaves with a mushroom growing through when I went for a walk today, and posted the pic on 365 Days in Nature.

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And the bees are back!  I took this shot today, and posted it on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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We had quiche and salad for lunch, and dinner tonight was a glass of wine, and some tortellini with leftover sausage, peas, light alfredo sauce and grated Parmesan.

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Hi Neva!

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Here are a few pictures that I took on our lunch break today…..

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Yoga crow…

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Sad face shadow….

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Like yesterday, I had a bit of a hoof to get home.  It didn’t matter, because it was a nice day, and there were all kind of sights to see….

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I was so smitten with this squirrel.  He was adorable….

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And finally, the day’s random heart….

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Have a wonderful Thursday all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Beauty”.  I think this raccoon, who I saw in Stanley Park on the weekend is beautiful.  (and very upright, but that is beside the point…)

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I posted another picture on 365 Days in Nature that follow the weekly theme of decomposing.

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I saw some AMAZING ferns today.  I flipped this shot into black and white and posted it on Only Sades of Gray.

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I don’t have many daily menu shots today.  I’ve been working off site today (and will be tomorrow) and breakfast and lunch were eaten in a work setting where it wasn’t appropriate for photos.  I had fruit/yogurt/banana muffin at breakfast, a tuna sandwich and salad for lunch, we had some trail mix during the afternoon, and when I came home, we just had coleslaw, steamed nugget potatoes with tzatsiki and some rotisserie chicken.

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I was able to step out to the park/trail behind our building for half an hour at lunchtime.  Here are some of the shots I took….

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Little pieces of art in the garden area….

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And Mother Nature’s works of art in the garden too….

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I REALLY love the shapes and textures of the unfurling ferns.

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Other assorted trail greenery……

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I had a bit of a hoof from my drop off point to home tonight, and took the scenic roads to our place….this first shot is a blossoming tree’s shadow on a building….

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…and some blossoming trees themselves….

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Make a wish….  :)

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I thought this crow looked regal up on the building….

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…street art.  A bike with 6 people riding.  :)

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..a VERY mossy pathway….

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…and finally, I see a random heart in the grain of this decorative driftwood.

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Can you see the heart too?  Happy Wednesday to all!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “a shape”.  I used this picture of a light giving off round shapes of light below.

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Still staying with the decomposing theme at 365 Days in Nature.  I found this picture today, and see a ghostly face in one of the leaves.

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I took this photo this afternoon.  (more on our outing later)  I flipped it to black and white and posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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I didn’t have a very point friendly day.  But we move forward.  I had some coffee and a toasted, buttered hot cross bun this morning, we had turkey sausage, scrambled eggs and toast later on.  When we got back home tonight, we had some chips (snack of champions!) and I wasn’t very hungry tonight so had cheese and crackers for dinner.  Not very balanced, certainly lacking fruit and vegetables, and as I said, we move forward…..

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Dennis and I had our annual egg hunt (I hide, Dennis finds and Neva “helps”) a day late.  :)

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We had LOTS of hummingbirds at our feeder this morning….

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…and the blue jays are back for the season.

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Dennis found another massive hummingbird too.  Cool….

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We went for a walk this afternoon at Deer Lake Park, about half an hour away from home.  The trail went WAY further than we expected, so we were gone much longer than we realized.  It is GORGEOUS there though….come with us….I wish we had “smell-o-post” because the smell of the air was amazing.

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I found a couple of pretty snails.  My snail whispering skills are a bit rusty, I couldn’t get them to come out of their shells.  :)  I’ll keep practicing….

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We saw so many turtles, on logs and giving us the eye from the water….

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The highlight was walking by a rookery, that herons have built above the trails. (we were talking to another walker who lives in the area, and she said that more and more nests are in the area every year)  We counted 38, but there were likely others.  It was amazing, and so many herons were flying in and out.  Mother nature put on a wonderful show.  Again….she sure has put on LOTS of shows lately.  :)

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And finally, one random heart, and one man made.  The one carved into the fence was suitable for us, but not made by us….

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…and Dennis made a heart as well.

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Hard to believe our long weekend is over.  I’ll be working off site again for a couple of days, but will post tomorrow despite that. Happy Tuesday to all!!

Hope all of you had a lovely Easter!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Egg”.  I posted this picture of the nesting swans I took yesterday.  I don’t know how many, but there are eggs in there.

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Staying with the decomposing theme over at the 365 Days in Nature site, I posted this picture that I took today at our friend Lynda’s house.  (more on that in a bit)

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I took this picture of a stuffed rabbit wearing rabbit slippers at Lynda’s place too.  Turned into black and white, it was my upload to Only Shades of Gray.

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We have delayed our annual Roz/Dennis Easter egg hunt (I hide, Dennis finds, Neva “helps”) until tomorrow because Dennis was working this morning.  I dropped him off, then went for a walk.  It was a beautiful morning, so why not?

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I spotted a heron on top of a tree…..

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…he was VERY expressive, and beautiful.

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I walked by a VERY fun dog park/beach.  So much energy and happiness…loved my half hour there watching/playing with the dogs.

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I came home and had some coffee and cereal (with my new favorite cashew milk)

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Later this afternoon, we crossed two bridges and saw Mt. Baker from a distance….

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…and went to our friend Lynda’s house for Easter dinner.  Dennis and Lynda worked together YEARS ago, and have kept in touch.  We don’t see Lynda that often, but when we do, it’s great to see her….

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…and her furbaby Basil.

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Lynda’s other guests brought their dogs too, so it was dog central….and just as happy and energetic as the dog park from this morning. This is Zack….

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…Buddy…..

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…and Max.  “splat”

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Zack has a nose for wine, and Basil only has eyes for Lynda.  :)

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Dinner was amazing, we had lemon martinis and prosciutto wrapped asparagus to start.  Butternut squash soup, then, we had a full turkey dinner, followed by mini chocolate mousses and strawberry fool.

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Finally, I found a random heart in Lynda’s backyard.

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Happy Monday to everyone!!!

 

Today’s Photo a Day Challenge prompt is “I stood here…”  This afternoon, I stood here at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, watched the sunset, and took some photos.

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The theme in the 365 Days in Nature group this week is “decomposing”.  I took this picture today….the hosta that was my Dad’s, and is now on my deck, is growing well through the decomposing matter from last year.  I know my Dad will shine down on it.  :)

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I took this photo of two wood ducks this afternoon.  They’re so colourful, but look striking in black and white too.  I posted this on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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Hi Neva!

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This morning, I had an early hair appointment.  I grabbed some lattes for both of us.  The barista attempted to make a heart in the foam, but I see a different body part.  Oh my!  LOL!!

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My hairdresser brought some easter carrot cupcakes.  Breakfast of champions!  :)

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I was all sassy, then ran a couple of errands….and saw some “finds” along the way.

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I had a hot cross bun when I got home….

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…and later on, Dennis and I split a grilled cheese sandwich.

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I loved the look of the clouds off our deck….

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I had to drop Dennis off for a while this afternoon, so decided, since I was in the area, I’d walk around Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park.  I wanted to see if any of the birds had babies yet.  Not yet, but there was definitely nesting.  It is a beautiful part of the city, so please come on my walk with me…..as I made my way to the lagoon, I passed a wedding photo shoot, daffodils on a memorial bench, and walked over an overpass with a view…

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This is the “bird section”.  There were SO many birds!  I was in my bird loving, photo taking element…

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My favorites…..these swans were amazing.  And I’m guessing there are eggs in the nest….

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Keeping with the “awwww” theme….

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Here are a few other shots of the area.  I’m very lucky to have this park so close by.  I’ll be back soon to check out all the ducklings, goslings and signets.

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When I got home, I reheated leftovers from last night’s easter dinner.

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Wishing all of you a VERY happy Easter!!!!

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