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August 21 2017 Eclipse in Ottawa

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August 21, 2017. This is the eclipse at the peak, 2:30, outside M-50 at NRC. No filter. You don't see the eclipse directly, but if you look closely you can see it captured in the lens flare (at the 10 O'Clock position on the Sun).

August 21 2017 Eclipse in Ottawa

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August 21, 2017. This is the eclipse at the peak, 2:30, outside M-50 at NRC. No filter. You don't see the eclipse directly, but if you look closely you can see it captured in the lens flare (at the 10 O'Clock position on the Sun).

Goldenrod

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August 20, 2017. We have a bumper crop of goldenrod around the house, which would be great if it weren't thought of by most people as a weed. Me, though, I like it.

Goldenrod

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August 20, 2017. We have a bumper crop of goldenrod around the house, which would be great if it weren't thought of by most people as a weed. Me, though, I like it.

The Clouds

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August 18, 2017. I celebrated today's photo of the day by reading Aristophanes. It's interesting that his work bears so much relation between today's debate between Just Discourse and Unjust Discourse. "We always act thus, when we see a man conceive a passion for what is evil; we strike him with some terrible disgrace, so that he may learn to fear the gods."

Old Susan

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August 17, 2017. More work on the MOOC Aggregator today, and it's looking pretty good. This is an old brown-eyed susan in the back yard, so old it has red petals.

Sparrow and Grasshopper

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August 16, 2017. Polishing up the MOOC aggregator. It's looking pretty good now. This is a sparrow eating a grasshopper on our deck (which, yes, needs refinishing). It was interesting watching them - they would hover over the grass and pluck them out of the air, then carry them to the deck.

Sparrow and Grasshopper

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August 16, 2017. Polishing up the MOOC aggregator. It's looking pretty good now. This is a sparrow eating a grasshopper on our deck (which, yes, needs refinishing). It was interesting watching them - they would hover over the grass and pluck them out of the air, then carry them to the deck.

Industrial

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August 15, 2017. Just a view outside the car window on the way home from the office. Got the aggregator working (mostly) today.

Geraniums

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August 14, 2017. Back in the office. Progressed rapdly on the new mooc.ca website. Also gave the car its B12 servicing (at least, that's what the dealership calls it). This is the geranium in the front garden.

2017-08-13-0837

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August 13, 2017. Quet day today; was planning to cycle but I've pulled a muscle behind my knee. Worked on setting up my new laptop instead. This is a Flat-topped White Aster (Doellingeria umbellata) (formerly Aster umbellatus) in the back yard.

Geraniums

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August 14, 2017. Back in the office. Progressed rapdly on the new mooc.ca website. Also gave the car its B12 servicing (at least, that's what the dealership calls it). This is the geranium in the front garden.

2017-08-13-0837

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August 13, 2017. Quet day today; was planning to cycle but I've pulled a muscle behind my knee. Worked on setting up my new laptop instead. This is a Flat-topped White Aster (Doellingeria umbellata) (formerly Aster umbellatus) in the back yard.

Duck

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August 12, 2017. We took a day trip to Brockville to see the giant rubber duck and the festival and the rest, but it was the real ducks that put on the show, including this one. But Brockville put on a great festival with ribs, the opening of an old train tunnel, and more.

Andrea's Sunflower

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August 11, 2017. I admit I was sceptical but her sunflowers have been coming along nicely.

M-55

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August 10, 2017. This is the view of M-55 from my office. This was the home of CISTI, NRC's research library, and now houses a bunch of different functions. I like it because of tghe tree in front, not looking great but hanging in there. Eventually the tree will die and I'll have a postcard-worthy view But I like the tree. I spent the day working on the MOOC aggregator, with success.

M-55

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August 10, 2017. This is the view of M-55 from my office. This was the home of CISTI, NRC's research library, and now houses a bunch of different functions. I like it because of tghe tree in front, not looking great but hanging in there. Eventually the tree will die and I'll have a postcard-worthy view But I like the tree. I spent the day working on the MOOC aggregator, with success.

Earth is Small and So Are You

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August 9, 2017. 20x50 Day 50. I finished my 1000 km cycling project today with a final 52 km along the central part of the Russell Trail. It was another twilight run. This is an old railway bridge at the /4 (and 3/4) mark of the ride.

Ducks

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August 9, 2017. 20x50 Day 19. Cycled the western portion of the Russell Trail in an after-work special. It's all gravel so it's tough cycling, but it's also beautiful.

Earth is Small and So Are You

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August 9, 2017. 20x50 Day 50. I finished my 1000 km cycling project today with a final 52 km along the central part of the Russell Trail. It was another twilight run. This is an old railway bridge at the /4 (and 3/4) mark of the ride.

Ducks

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August 9, 2017. 20x50 Day 19. Cycled the western portion of the Russell Trail in an after-work special. It's all gravel so it's tough cycling, but it's also beautiful.

Lexi in the Sink

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August 7, 2017. Work up early and drove into work only to discover it was a holiday. Drove home and went back to bed. Coded in the afternoon; I was primed to work, so I worked.

Casselman

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August 6, 2017. Most of the brush on the other side of the tracks has been cleared, offering view of Casselman (and the trestle) from this side of the river. Cold, windy, and so I took a break from biking.

Dunvegan

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August 5, 2017. 20x50 Day 18 53 km to Dunvegan and back. I took a full set of photos of the historical buildings in Dunvegan. I also found a Blackberry on the road (as of the next day, returned to owner). Miserable wind against me the whole way back.

RedBlacks

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August 4, 2017. 20x50 Day 17 50 km to Avonmore and back. I kept the ride quick and short today to make time for the football game this evening. Yes, the home team lost, but it was a good game and thoroughly enjoyable.

Morewood

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August 3, 2017. 20x50 Day 16. This statue of a veteran overlooks the central square of Morewood, a tiny village about 30 kilometers away from Casselman. It's the first time I've ever been there.

White Sweet Clover

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August 2, 2017. I took a day off cycling today, set myself up on the deck out back, listened to the ball game and read philosophy. This is white sweet clover (Melilotus albus) growing at the edge of the deck.

Smoke on the Horizon

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August 1, 2017. 20x50 Day 15. It was interesting because I saw the smoke start as I was taking a break in Avonmore, the half way point of today's 50km ride. This is what it looked like a bit later on the ride back. I wasn't too worried because the smoke was white, which means clean wood or hay or brush - not plastics and oil from a house or building fire that would create thick black smoke. Good fast ride today, marred only by Runkeeper's decision to stop recording for 15 km of my ride.

Maxville

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July 31, 2017. 20x50 Day 14. 54.40 kilometers today to Maxville and back. This is the bicycle leaning against a rustic wood fence by an apple tree in the village.

Warwick Forest

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July 30, 2017. 20x50 Day 13. This is an conservation area about 15 km south of Casselman. I visited on my way back from a ride out to Moose Creek and back. Good ride today, sweltering conditions, and the greatest 9th inning comeback in Blue Jays history. Oh, and my computer died last night, so I ordered a new one (a loaded Dell XPS laptop) this morning.

Pendleton

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July 29, 2017. 20x50 Day 12. This is the South Nation River near the tiny hamlet of Pendleton, just south of Pendleton Airport, which was my destination for the day. It was a beautiful day for cycling and a bad day for technololy, as MLB's dysfunctional app was acting up again.

Tombstones

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July 28, 2017. 20x50 Day 11. I had to do some banking in Chesterville, about 35 km away, so I strapped the bicycle on the back of the car and took the opportunity to cycle from Chesterville to South Mountain and back. This is a *very* scenic route with a lot of interesting things, including this semi-circle of tombstones just outside South Mountain.

Lilies

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July 27, 2017. No ride today because we had to go into the city. These are lilies growing on the front lawn.

Lilies

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July 27, 2017. No ride today because we had to go into the city. These are lilies growing on the front lawn.

Marionville Road

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July 26, 2017. 20x50 Day 10. 61 km, the highlight (or lowlight) of which was Marionville Road, pictured. This is a good stretch; it got smaller, had huge holes in it, rocky ridges and worse. Not a great road for cycling. I knew I shouldn't use it, but I had to see. I just had to see.

Corn and Bard

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July 25, 2017. 20x50 Day 9. A nice 52 km ride today to Riceville, about 25 km northeast of Casselman. The road to Riceville is one of my favourite in the region and a pleasure to cycle. This barn and corn is just one of many sights along it.

Rain

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July 24, 2017. It absolutely poured today, non-stop all day, so I took advantage of the weather to get my rear derailleur on my bicycle adjusted. And to do some coding and catching up with stuff.

Poppy Lane

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July 23, 2017. 20x50 Day 8. I cycled to Avonmore and back again today, 50km, making good time at better than 20kph average speed. I wanted to see the Avonmore Fair but ended up seeing this laneway lined with poppies and other flowers. Poppies are rare here and seeing this many in one place was a real surprise. The Blue Jays were blown out again, so the less said about baseball the better.

Poppy Lane

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July 23, 2017. 20x50 Day 8. I cycled to Avonmore and back again today, 50km, making good time at better than 20kph average speed. I wanted to see the Avonmore Fair but ended up seeing this laneway lined with poppies and other flowers. Poppies are rare here and seeing this many in one place was a real surprise. The Blue Jays were blown out again, so the less said about baseball the better.

Weisse Gloria

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July 22, 2017. This is a type of Astilbe, or false spirea, photographed in front of the Canadian Labour Congress building on our way to the Ottawa Lebanese Festival nearby. The festival was a bit of a disappointment; we had some Lebanese food but there was nothing really to see (or photograph).

Teepees

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July 21, 2017. 20x50 Day 7. 55 km to Vars and back (simply terrible roads around Vars, a neglected corner of Ottawa). This is between Vars and Limoges, on the edge of the Cumberland Forest. It turns out to be Camp LOA, a horse-riding camp for children.

Finch

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July 20, 2017. 20x50 Day 6. 55km at 20kph, which is very good for me. This is a house on the main street (Front Street) of Finch. If you want to buy me a house, buy me this one (notice it's for sale!). Really good ride today; maybe I'm over the worse of the chafing and irritation?

LaRose Forest

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July 19, 2017. 20x50 Day 5. This is the LaRose forest where I stopped for a break to drink some water and get eaten by mosquitos. Normally I love cycling through LaRose forest but they have put soft gravel on the 15 km stretch of road through the forest, making it almost impassable to cyclists.

Finch

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July 20, 2017. 20x50 Day 6. 55km at 20kph, which is very good for me. This is a house on the main street (Front Street) of Finch. If you want to buy me a house, buy me this one (notice it's for sale!). Really good ride today; maybe I'm over the worse of the chafing and irritation?

LaRose Forest

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July 19, 2017. 20x50 Day 5. This is the LaRose forest where I stopped for a break to drink some water and get eaten by mosquitos. Normally I love cycling through LaRose forest but they have put soft gravel on the 15 km stretch of road through the forest, making it almost impassable to cyclists.

Young Corn

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July 18, 2017. 20x50 Day 4. Headed out past St. Isadore today, and the 25 km mark was this cornfield. The corn is only about 2 feet high but it's coming along nicely. I'm getting pretty chafed from the riding but otherwise feel strong.

Young Corn

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July 18, 2017. 20x50 Day 4. Headed out past St. Isadore today, and the 25 km mark was this cornfield. The corn is only about 2 feet high but it's coming along nicely. I'm getting pretty chafed from the riding but otherwise feel strong.

Cat Asleep

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July 17, 2017. I was up really early this morning (like, about 4:30) and while Alex tried gamely to keep up, as you can see he just wasn't quite able to keep his eyes open. I took a day off 20x50 today to allow the chafing to heal, but I'll be back on the road tomorrow, because I'm otherwise feeling strong and ready to go.

The Pond in the Forest

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July 16, 2017. 20x50 Day 3. Cycled north to Bourget today, which is now a part of Clarence-Rockland. Just south of Bourget is the northern part of the LaRose Forest. This is a pond in that forest that caught my eye on the way back. I saw a number of my old friends the Twelve Spotted Skimmers playing around the edges. Frogs gronked. Pretty idyllic. Now I'm sitting in the back yard listening to Tangerine Dream and wondering what my 18 year-old self would think of this, 40 years later.

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

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July 15, 2015. 20x50 Day 2. 50.96 km. This is a male Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula pulchella) spotted at a pond on the way back from Avonmore. I was taking photos of the pond and it just landed close enough to get a nice shot. Anyhow, like I say, I did anothr 50km today, a beautiful Saturday afternoon.