Yesterday, I got back on my yoga mat, today, I got back in the gym and went to a lunchtime Zumba class.   I may be Latin in my soul (I made that up.  LOL), but my hips are unmistakably Canadian.

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I may be a bit sore tomorrow….

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “A sticky situation”.  I posted this picture of sticky sap.  img_2323

Another picture for cloud week at 365 Days in Nature….

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And this warm and welcoming face was my daily upload on Only Shades of Gray.

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My days menu was “oh, what a surprise!” berries, yogurt and granola for breakfast, with an iced coffee….

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I had a few grapes….

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Kale salad with blueberries, a peach, light feta and nutritional yeast for lunch….

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I had some snap peas and guacamole later this afternoon….

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I didn’t take pictures of dinner.  And by dinner, I mean the large cider and nachos I had with my work friend Angela tonight.  Google images have helped me illustrate though….

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In other shots for the day (and there aren’t many), I saw a mom crow tending and feeding her baby this morning.  I don’t like crows very much, but aww!  And the baby had blue eyes!

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On the way home I saw Sinbad, our neighborhood ginger kitty.  He’s looking VERY skinny, I hope he’s ok.  AWW!

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He was trying to get into my backpack, I wouldn’t let him, so he walked away and snubbed me.  Funny…

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Sinbad may be skinny, Neva is not.  But she does do a good floating otter imitation when she’s watching hummingbirds from the upside down position.  I wonder WHY she feels the need to watch hummingbirds while on her back?  LOL!

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That was my Tuesday.  Busy, but not particularly document-able.  Happy Wednesday to all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Ink”.  I used this photo of my ohm tattoo, being watched by a snail.  Artsy!

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I posted this picture from our picnic last week on Only Shades of Gray…

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And I posted this shot for cloud week at 365 Days in Nature.

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My breakfasts are boringly predictable…..berries, yogurt and granola.

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I had some cherries as well….

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I met my good friend Jeannie for lunch today.  We used to work together, but sadly, we are now at different locations and rarely get together.  It was great to see her!!  We went for sushi, I had the lunch special with was miso soup, avocado salad, a spicy tuna roll and a California roll.

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Dinner tonight was cold bbq chicken, a salad with blueberries, scallions, walnuts and light feta, and some local corn.  (the corn is SO early this year.  We don’t usually have any until August)

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Dennis whipped out and got us some frozen yogurt cones.  They were a little melty.  And were so good!  Thank you Dennis!!  :)

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Today was a bit of a banner day.  I have had a TERRIBLE time getting motivated to get back onto my yoga mat lately.  I decided to shake it up a little and try a new studio, to see if that helped me get my mojo back.  (I love yoga, but since my favorite teachers all left, somehow it just didn’t seem the same)  So tonight, I signed up for a trial period and a different studio, will try out some classes and teachers and see how it goes.  My friend Melisa and I went together to the hatha class tonight.  Namaste!

Neva approves.  HA!  (Neva doesn’t care!)

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I saw this shocked looking chicken tied to a car antenna on my walk to work.

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Here are a few shots taken on my walk to yoga.  Two signs, one in front of a sporting good store, the other by a hot dog cart.

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Someone showed me her ferret.  Meet Jasper…

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Dr. Who lights in window, a planter, a stained glass window, a spire, a couple of bees and a feather in the sun.

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After class, Dennis picked me up and we went to water our little garden plot.  Turns out there was a yoga class going on right beside our garden.  I was tempted to just give the yogis a little spray with the hose, but held back….  LOL!

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Shadow shot….

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That was my Monday.  Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “layers”.  This is my first attempt at layering two photos together.  Guitar and piano, hopefully they make nice music together.

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I flipped this dancer from Canada Day into black and white and posted it on Only Shades of Gray…

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..and here is my submission for cloud week on 365 Days in Nature.

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Hi Neva….

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…who is shedding quite a bit.  But if life gives you fur, make a furry face.  :)

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Dennis and I went down to our community garden to join in the work party, where we all chip in and tend common areas of the garden.  Geese were supervising…

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One of our fellow gardeners dog….

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…got bored waiting for us to finish.  Awww….

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I took a couple of other shots, a sunflower and the view from the path from the garden….

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Our beans are doing really well.  First harvest of the yellow beans….

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We saw two cats on the way back to the car.  One was VERY chatty.  So cute…

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Birds at our feeder, and three crows.  We call the crows the “Three Stooges”, we think they’re always together, and they sit on the rails on our deck and squawk.  Much to Neva’s chagrin…

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My day’s menu was a bagel with jalapeno cream cheese….

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Dennis and I split these cookies after our garden work…

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After running errands and visiting Cousin Helen this afternoon, we had a glass of wine and some Boom Chicka Puffs (snack of champions!)

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And dinner tonight was grilled chicken and zucchini, steamed nugget potatoes and a tbsp of hummus to dip them in.

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Have a wonderful week everyone!!!

Today’s Photo A Day prompt is “Technology”.  I used this photo from our trip to the power plant with Michelle and Gary a few weeks ago.

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It is cloud week at the 365 Days in Nature group.  We had lots of those today, and even some rain (YAY!  We really need it!), but this picture was taken a few weeks ago.

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And I met this little bandit in Stanley Park today.  He was one of three babies with a mum.  AWW!

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We started our day with scrambled eggs, tempeh “bacon” (meh), toasted Little Big Bread and blueberries.

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This afternoon, I ran some errands, then took a walk around one of my Vancouver happy places, Lost Lagoon.  (part of my walk was rainy, and it felt really nice!)  I saw a boatload of birds (of all ages and many types), a dancer and a photo shoot, raccoons, squirrels, and also, a VERY special find.  Here are my photos…and the special story is at the end….

 

 

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The day’s random heart….

 

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And the great find….I noticed this guy in a tree trunk.  I checked the info on the tag, and a local woman makes and places one creature in the park every few weeks. Whoever finds it is encouraged to take the creature with us, then join a facebook group (there are about 40 members at the moment) and post regular photos of them. Joanne, I promise I will give Oakley an adventurous life!  I LOVE things like this.  I feel really lucky to have found him!

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Dennis is working tonight, so I just had some hummus, eggplant dip, pita and some cold steamed potatoes.

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Hope everyone’s weekend is going well.  What is the best random thing you’ve even found?

Happy Friday!!!!

I just want to share YESTERDAY’s Photo A Day Challenge shot before we move on to today’s.  The prompt yesterday was “Alphaphotography”.  I had fun finding letters in nature, it gave me….

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Today’s prompt is “Just another day”.  We had a spontaneous picnic on the beach tonight.  Just another day to be grateful for.

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I posted this shot on 365 Days in Nature….

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And when we were driving tonight, we saw this man sitting on the street.  He looks like such a character, I bet he has a lot of stories to tell.

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It is very late, so I’ll just post a photo dump from yesterday and today.  Regular posts with menus will resume tomorrow.  Neva has claimed a shoebox as her own – despite it being a bit small for comfort.  Crazy cat!

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This dog poops a campfire.  LOL!!!  Obviously this sign is from England, but was put up on a wall in our neighborhood.

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When I was walking yesterday, I saw a rabbit and car that had obviously been left behind.  I hope their owner has been found.

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So hot!  Yesterday was so hot!

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Namaste!

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Lovely colours!!!

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It was a very busy night down at the pond by our little Community Garden Plot. (I went after work to water)  I saw dragonflies, turtles, a frog, and a very pretty woodpecker….

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…and when I was taking a few pictures of herons…..

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…I looked down and saw THIS!  Soooo cool!!!

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Rough water entry….

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They’re very cute, but very destructive.  Bad, bad beaver!

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The air quality is getting much better.  Still a little hazy, but YAY!

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Seen in/on the water by the seawall.  Two legged and four legged paddlers….

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And a legless Mom and Pup.  AWWW!  (how lucky was I with wildlife sightings today!?)

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I thought these were pretty…

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Dennis picked me up after my walk, and since it is getting cooler and clearer, we decided to grab a shawarma and head to the beach for a spontaneous picnic.  Here are the shots from tonight (complete with gulls with yellow legs, one with blue legs and one with pink legs..ooh)….

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!

…after all these years!  Oh, that is so bad, sorry Paul Simon!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Bedtime”.  On my walk tonight, I walked by the bird pond.  It was bedtime for a few of the ducks.

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I didn’t have a rainbow photo to post on 365 Days in Nature today.  I did take this shot today, so voila…a rainbow-less submission.

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And this thistle with bees was my submission for Only Shades of Gray.

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Breakfast this morning was the same as I have almost every morning these days, blueberries, yogurt and granola.

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Lunch was bits and pieces from home, tossed in my bag as I bolted out the door today.  Hummus, crackers, cherries and a grain and seed bar.

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Dinner was scrambled egg with leftover turkey sausage, nugget potatoes, spinach, light cheddar and toasted Little Big Bread.

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As I mentioned earlier, it is still hazy and smoky here today.  It seemed to clear a bit, but when I was walking after work, it was coming back over the city.

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This morning, I walked by a fence that had this banner attached….

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And then later today, I saw another one in a window.  Hmm….is it a sign of some sort??

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Maybe seeing a stuffed armadillo hanging from a door is a sign too.  (?)

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I wonder how much that doggy in the window is….

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Or this doggy in the air.  :)

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These gulls are nesting on a roof across the road from my work.  We’ve been waiting for the nesting mom to have hatchlings for weeks. Today, they have arrived.  (aww!  You don’t see speckled baby gulls very often!)

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I love this living wall….

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…and this bloom.

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I watered our little garden plot after work….

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I was not alone….

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My little peas are growing nicely….

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..and I added silly eyes to these leaves.  Because I can.  :)

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Super macro of a sunflower….

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Ewww….ants on the thistle….

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…and “ewww, I think I stepped in goose poop!”

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Paddler down!

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You can really see the haze in the background.  Mother Nature?  Rain please!!!

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And here are more bird shots from today.

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Sideways random heart.

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My Spanish classes start again tomorrow, so I likely won’t be posting.  I’ll be back on Friday.  And Mother Nature?  I’m not kidding, some rain would be REALLY good!  :)

I got a really lovely email from someone today, saying how fun they thought yesterday’s A-Z post was to read.  I won’t be doing this all the time, but as requested (and you know who you are. :) ), here is a follow up A-Z post from my day.  (it includes my 3 photo a day submissions, the day’s menu, and shot of my walks at lunchtime and to meet Dennis after work)

A is for Amazing….

I met this dog named Blue on my walk tonight.  No explanation required on why he was named that, but wow….those eyes are AMAZING.

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B is for Black and White…..

This is my submission to the Only Shades of Gray group.  I turned this dragonfly black and white.  These are EVERYWHERE at the moment.

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C is for (view discretion advised) Copulating Crows.  (double C – if this was scattergories, I’d get 2 points)  Not something you see everyday, is it?  :)

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D is for dinner.  Tonight’s dinner was a grilled lean burger on a thin bun, with steamed nugget potatoes (with Parmesan)

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E is for Everybody.  “Everybody into the pond!”

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F is for fruit.  I had these blueberries today.  I love fruit/berry season!

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G is for (and this one is a stretch) groovy.  I like the groovy, 60’s, psychedelic colours of these blooms.

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H is for hummus.  My snack this afternoon was a mini hummus and a few crackers.

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I is for Icy.  And this is the dregs of the icy drink I had when I met my buddy Melisa for a visit this afternoon.

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J is for Just.  Just one little bird on a reed.

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K is for kneel.  Quite the heron leg bend/kneel to get the fish.  (there was a few young herons at my favorite lunchtime bird pond today)

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L is for leaping.  A leaping little dog at the dog park.

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M is for morning.  My morning meal today (double m, two points) was toasted little big bread, almond butter and a banana.

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N is for nap.  It takes real skill to nap with your wing up, and while standing on one leg.

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O is for over.  Though our air is much clearer than the last couple of days, the smoke and haze from the forest fires is still hanging over the city.

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P is for permanent.  This couple (whoever they may be) saw their love as permanent and left a love lock on a wire fence.

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Q is for quinoa.  My lunch today was more quinoa/beet/mint/blueberry/feta salad.  I put it on top of arugula from our garden today.  Apologies for the odd looking photo.

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(Archive photo alert)  R is for rainbow.  The theme of this week’s 365 Days in Nature is rainbow.  I don’t have many, and we don’t have any REAL rainbows today, so I used this shot from a couple of months ago.

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S is for “Salut” – Cheers/Salut with a Bud Light Apple.

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T is for trunk.  I saw a car with an old trunk and a wooden crate tied to the roof. Would love to know the story being this.

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U is unlikely.  These two made unlikely pond mates….

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(Archive photo again)  V is for vanishing point.  Vanishing point was today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt.  I used this photo that I took a couple of weeks ago, showing the vanishing point at the end of the railroad tracks.

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W is for warty.  For the first time, I saw a warty little frog down at the bird pond.  AWW!  Love warty frogs!

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X is for X-tra.  This man looked X-tra cozy in this wavy bench/art.

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Y is for yogurt.  I had a little container of yogurt today.

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and finally….Z is for “Z-shaped”.  A woman is doing a plank/downward dog by a Z shaped art piece.

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That was a snapshot of my day.  Happy Wednesday to all!!!!

..there are forest fires.  The last couple of days has been SOOOOO smokey and hazy.  There are unfortunately a bunch of forest fires in our province, we’re still in our heatwave, and that combination and stagnant air has resulted in a thick haze.  And the perpetual smell of campfires.  (break out the marshmallows! – I love that smell)  Here is an example, I took the photo on the left on a nice day two weeks ago, and the one on the right tonight.  No clouds, just smoke….

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And here, the shot on the left was taken from an office window on a clear day, the one on the right, today.  (why is the picture on the left pixelated???  Oh well, it shows my point…)

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I’m going to do something a little different tonight.  I am going to share an A-Z set of pictures taken over the last couple of days.  It includes photos from Victoria, the ferry crossing, today’s menu and today’s walk.  So NOT in chronological order…..

A is for Art.  Driftwood art on a beach in Victoria.

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B is for boat.  I walked by fishing boats after work, and saw this shrimp fisherman sorting his catch.

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C is for cherries.  I had these during the workday today.

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D is for deer.  Over in Victoria, and very “aww” worthy.

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E is for echinacea. I LOVE the centre of echinacea flowers.  The pattern is perfect.  (I remember studying nature patterns and a fibonacci number.  WOW…LONG time ago!!!)

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F is for fawn.  I saw this lovely little fawn in Victoria yesterday.  (I saw others too, they are everywhere, and they are adorable!)

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G is for garden.  Peas are now growing in our little community garden plot.

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H is for hidden heron.  Peekaboo!

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I is for Island.  On the way back from Vancouver Island last night, the smoke hung very low over the ocean and it obscured the view.  I have NEVER seen this kind of thing before.

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J is for jellyfish.  I saw this at the ferry terminal last night.

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K is for keeping.  Mama duck is keeping her little ducklings close by. (yes, that one is a stretch)

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L is for lunch.  Today I had leftover quinoa salad (with beets, orange, blueberries, mint and feta), a little guacamole and some rice crackers.

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M is for many.  There are many insect eggs on the underside of this leaf.

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N is for Neva.  She was beating the heat this morning in the bathtub.  Such a lady!

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O is for overhead.  The sun was visible overhead in the smoke.

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P is for piano.  My Mom and I saw a public piano yesterday.  We did not play.  :)

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Q is for quack!  AWWWW….little quacker!!

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R is for rocks.  I climbed over these rocks yesterday morning.  I went for an early walk at my Mom’s place.

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S is for scrambled egg (with spinach, onion, leftover potatoes) and toast.  This was dinner tonight (Dennis was out).

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T is for three.  Three little birds on a log in Victoria.

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U is for unhappy.  This seagull was NOT happy, and was very vocal about it.

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V is for view.  Taking in the view in Victoria.

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W is for water.  The water is reflecting the odd colour of the sky that was a result of the smoke.

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X is for x-cited.  I was x-cited when this heron caught the fish right in front of me.  (sorry)

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Y is for yogurt, blueberries and granola that I had for breakfast today.

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Z is for zebra.  Zebras have stripes, and so do these plants.

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Happy Tuesday to all.

I’m over at my Mom’s place in Victoria.  I got the first ferry from Vancouver this morning, and we’ve run errands and done some gardening this afternoon.  We sent out for our traditional Chinese food for dinner, then I went for a very quick beach walk after dinner.  Here is a photo dump of the day.  I likely won’t post tomorrow because I’m not getting a ferry back until the evening, so happy Sunday, have a good rest of the weekend, and I’ll “see” you on Monday!

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Today’s Photo Day Challenge prompt is “Leadership”. I used this shot from a couple of weeks ago,  Leadership by Mom.

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It is the last day of water week at 365 Days In Nature.  I used this shot from Jericho Beach, taken a couple of weeks ago as well.

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I used this photo from Jericho for the Only Shades of Gray group.  (for the record, all of these crabs were female, so were sent back into the ocean)

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I have already posted for tomorrow on the Photo A Day Challenge.  This fits the prompt “Reflection of Me”.

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Today’s menu included raspberries, yogurt and granola (and an iced coffee) for breakfast….

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I met my friend Andrea and her son Alec for lunch.  We had sushi. I forgot to take the shot of the miso soup before it was gone, and I had the lunch special with a BC Blazer roll, a California roll and a spicy tuna roll.

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Dennis and I were both a little late tonight, so we sent out for pizza.  We did a half and half, and my half had grilled vegetables.

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We also had a glass of prosecco.

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And here is my “artsy fartsy” shot “bubbly and sunset”.

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Hi Neva (and Neva’s whiskers)

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On my walk to work this morning, I saw this funky banner on a hedge….

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I also saw a bunch of spider webs shining in the sun.

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After work, I walked to our little garden, gave it some water, then kept walking to earn a few activity points.  Come with me….

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I’m off to my Mom’s place tomorrow, so will check in from Victoria then.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!  And to my U.S friends, Happy 4th of July!

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