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Ottawa Pride

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August 25, 2019. Still very much under the weather but we still managed to get out to this year's Pride parade in the city. The weather was perfect, which made it a lot easier. I have a ton of photos which I'll post soon. Now I need to take some Neocitran. https://flic.kr/p/2h5pfrS

Lexi

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August 24, 2019. It was a beautiful day for a bike ride, but unfortunately I woke up sick, went back to bed, and slept until the afternoon. I didn't do much of anything all day except wait to recover. This is Lexi, our 13-year old kitten in the sink waiting for water. https://flic.kr/p/2h5pv77

Back Yard

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August 23, 2019. Feeling under the weather today and really only had energy to snap a quick photo outside the back window. This, therefore, is our back yard - yes, where all the flower and insect pictures come from. You can see the milkweed forest in the shadow and the wealth of goldenrod along the back. https://flic.kr/p/2h5pm5j

Polly

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August 22, 2019. This is Polly. She's 16 years old and looking more and more frail - though she's still alert, has an appetite and moves around. We spent more time working on the blockchain-IPFS app today, almost out of time. https://flic.kr/p/2h5mzXS

Bee and Goldenrod

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August 21, 2019. Another photo from the back yard. I was pretty busy today, working on a React-Express app in Docker. Halfway done. I tried to video my work but my experiment with PowerPoint screen recording failed. https://flic.kr/p/2h3xeAo

Spider

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August 20, 2019. This is a spider in the window, photographed after a relatively productive day. The laptop is working, so I was able to get a Docker-based Node app up and running. I had also planned to cycle this afternoon, but I got out of the office late, and then when I reached my starting point in Hammond, here was a huge fire. So I made it a Netflix evening instead. https://flic.kr/p/2h3x5Ja

Future Costco

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August 19, 2019. This is the site of a future Costco on Olgivie Road, where I went for coffee at lunch time. Though we need a new large Costco, I think this location will have all the traffic problems the old location had, and more. I had a nice productive day today (despite the slow NRC internet), getting a Docker Node Express application up and running, and starting on a React client. https://flic.kr/p/2h1RbuJ

Resting

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August 18, 2019. This is the view from my usual last-stop resting spot just south of Casselman on the final leg of a 71km bike ride. The weather was mixed all day but I avoided the raindrops and had a pretty good ride. https://flic.kr/p/2h1ogwS

Bank Street

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August 17, 2019. It was a rainy Saturday and hence a day for errands in the city, including this visit to Bank Street. This area was my hangout when I was in my late teens, especially the pool hall and pinball arcade to the right. https://flic.kr/p/2h1opqd

Beetle on Yarrow

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August 16, 2019. A Friday in which the videoconferencing system was not working and the internet was slow. Updated my calendar - the fall travel schedule is filling up. https://flic.kr/p/2h1o44S

Innes Road

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August 15, 2019. An ordinary scene from an ordinary day as I waited to turn left into the Costco on Innes Road. Work involved mostly me trying to make the internet work in the office and the office internet not working. https://flic.kr/p/2h1n8RD

2019-08-14-2749

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August 14, 2019. Five-banded thynnid wasps (Myzinum quinquecintum) cluster on a grass stalk - my guess is they're ingesting cellulose for a new nest. Worked on the newsletter and background reading on Ethereum clients. I have a sore oblique from yesterday. https://flic.kr/p/2gXitvj

Russell Trail

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August 13, 2019. After work today I took a bike ride along the Russell trail, riding 25 km from Anderson Road to Hammond, and then back again. It's harder cycling on gravel, but I appreciate the lack of traffic. This followed an ordinary day in the office where I attended a small staff meeting, made a video about coding, worked with a student, and wrote my newsletter. https://flic.kr/p/2gX4aaW

Salt and Pepper

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August 12, 2019. I went downtown over lunch to pick up a rubber eye protector for my camera viewfinder and took this photo through the window of a closed bar on Bank Street. I liked the shadows, the texture and the contrast. Spent the day working on React apps in Node. https://flic.kr/p/2gVVn1S

Threshing Machines

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August 11, 2019. With 243 threshing machines operating around him - a world record - event organizer Francois Lartour celebrates raising $100K to fight against breast cancer. It was a remarkable event and a privilege to be able to attend. More photos from the event. https://flic.kr/p/2gV5Sju

Wasp

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August 11, 2019. I had planned to go for a ride today but I woke up feeling brutal and decided to sleep instead. So the main activity for the day was watching the Blue Jays game. This is a photo from the front yard of a wasp checking out the goldenrods. https://flic.kr/p/2gV4vWM

LRT

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August 9, 2019. This is the LET station at Blair Road, near where I work. Construction is a year and a half late, and they're having quality issues. They can't figure out why - but they also approved a tender for the next stage that didn't meet the technical qualifications. SNC Lavalin. I don't know why they're mystified. https://flic.kr/p/2gV3UCg

Lexi

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August 8, 2019. Spent the day in the office working on content addressable OERs. At home, took this photo of Lexi for #InternationalCatDay https://flic.kr/p/2gV3H9E

Love the Way

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August 7, 2019. Spent the day working on revisions to a paper and looking at ways to improve my web page. This is the train that passes the house on a regular basis, the good ol' 906. https://flic.kr/p/2gTmazC

Daylilies After the Rain

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August 6, 2019. First day back after vacation and I ran into a wall of computer problems. Sigh. And after five weeks of near perfect weather we had (much needed) rain most of the day. At least the lilies had a good day. https://flic.kr/p/2gRDhwX

Hostas

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August 5, 2019. Today was the last day of vacation this year and I spent it relaxing, writing a short magazine article, and playing No Man's Sky. These hostas are in our front yard and I used the late afternoon sunlight to try for a bit of a different perspective on this common plant. https://flic.kr/p/2gQThzF

The South Nation River

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August 4, 2019. Today's bike ride took me downstream to where the South Nation River empties into the Ottawa, through places like Plantagenet, Jessup Falls and Wendover. The wind wasn't really my friend, and the Jays lost, but it really was a beautiful day for a bike ride. This is the South Nation River near Pemberton. https://flic.kr/p/2gQ3E9v

Red Milkweed Beetle

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August 3, 2019. I had planned a ride today but woke up too tired to think about it, so I stayed home and photographed this beauty in the back yard. https://flic.kr/p/2gPhH34

Riceville

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August 1, 2019. Just a short 61 km ride today on a near perfect day for cycling. I slept in, created a nice newsletter, had lunch, and then did the ride. This cabin is just east of Riceville, northeast of Casselman. https://flic.kr/p/2gMYjJ4

Toady McToadface

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July 31, 2019. This toad is enjoying a prosperous summer in our back yard. Rest day today, watched the afternoon ballgame and puttered about. https://flic.kr/p/2gMiFb3

Chesterville

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July 30,, 2019. Today I realized a longstanding ambition and cycled 103 km to Chesterville (pictured) and Winchester. That makes two 100K+ rides in a week, something I've never done before. I had to wait out a thunderstorm in Finch and was rained on by those dark clouds you see in this photo. https://flic.kr/p/2gLzM4F

Seed Pods and Grasshopper

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July 29, 2019. No ride today as I rand some errands (including a run to the city), picked up my bike wheel and a new seat, visited my parents (who were not home, alas), wrote and submitted a paper, and took this photo on our milkweed plants in the back yard (which are now producing seeds). My 50mm lens is working again - I had missed it so. https://flic.kr/p/2gKLUbq

Larose Forest

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July 28, 2019. I took the gravel bike into LaRose Forest today. It didn't really go as planned, as one trail after another turned out to be impassible. I finally found the mountain bike trail, which was a workout, and then some gravel trail I'll try LaRose again - it's a matter of knowing where to cycle (the online maps don't help at all). https://flic.kr/p/2gJQcwb

The Harvest

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July 27, 2019. Today's bike ride was cut short at 37 km by another broken spoke, but not before I got the chance to watch these farmers harvesting grain the old fashioned way. They're preparing for a world record threshing event - thereview.ca/2019/04/23/event-hopes-to-bring-threshing-wo... - and yes, I'll be there. https://flic.kr/p/2gJ8qrb

A Night at the Ball Park

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July 26, 2019. Today was Costco day, and then we went back into the city to watch an @OttawaChampions game. Good game, nice crowd, and the BenWings chicken wings are delicious. https://flic.kr/p/2gHzcMt

Osgoode

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July 25, 2019. My plan was for a 100K ride to Cumberland, but I broke a spoke in Limoges and changed my plans. After a quick repair in Embrun (thank you @VeloXpress ) I headed west to Osgoode, where I had lunch across the street from this cute building). It was pretty hot coming home, but I had no incidents. 107km on the day. https://flic.kr/p/2gGSAx5

Clover

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July 24, 2019. Rest day spent mostly editing images from the Raisin River. And getting myself ready for tomorrow... https://flic.kr/p/2gGRJow

Exploring the Raisin River

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July 23, 2019. I had a brilliant day today cycling from the mouth of the Raisin River upstream all the way to St. Andrews West, on the south branch, and back, on the north branch, a distance of 70 km. I felt great the whole way and could easily have cycled several hours more. I took dozens of photos of this historic Ontario region, including villages like Lancaster, Williamstown, and Martintown. https://flic.kr/p/2gFuiug

Japanese Beetles

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July 22, 2019. For most people, filling out a form is something they do quickly. For me, it's an all day affair filled with fear and trepidation. Today's form involved searching for documents, replacing a failed printer, a trip to the post office, and more. So, no bike ride. These are Japanese beetles eating our raspberries. https://flic.kr/p/2gEDJPJ

Hydrangeas

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July 21, 2019. These white puffballs are hydrangeas in our back yard. I took a day off cycling to rest and watch the ball game. https://flic.kr/p/2gECC3Z

The Storm

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20, 2019. I went for a 60 km ride today to Vars in extreme sweltering heat. Despite that, I had one of my fastest times of the year. This is the storm that would hit us about a half hour after I got home - howling winds, torrential rains, thunder and lightning, even a tornado warning (no idea if or where it hit). This is the Nation river about 5 km from home. https://flic.kr/p/2gD4pVQ

Sheep Dude

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July 19, 2019. I cycled 67 km to Monkland and back today on what was a very hot day. I encountered sheep dude on the way home. It wasn't the easiest of rides today; people were driving very badly. https://flic.kr/p/2gCqJTp

Cedar Waxwings and a Sparrow

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July 18, 2019. We saw these cedar waxwings in our back yard - it was a bit hard to get a decent photo because of the morning lighting. They were lined up for the blackcaps (black raspberries) lining the deck. Today was a rest day as my late night earlier this week caught up to me. That also meant it was a Costco day. https://flic.kr/p/2gBKrnW

Downstream

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July 17, 2019. I took a bike ride to St.Isadore today and, because I felt pretty good, spent time exploring the roads north of the river at Casselman, which is where I was to take this picture of our village downstream from the falls. 56km in all. https://flic.kr/p/2gB4bK8

Lilies

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July 16, 2019. These lilies in our back yard reach up to my eye level, which makes the plants 5 1/2 feet tall. Pretty impressive. No bike riding today as I spent the entire day - from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. - writing my art article. https://flic.kr/p/2gB4rwt

LaRose Forest

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July 14, 2019. Because I had two brand-new Gator-Skin tires on my road bike I decided to try traversing LaRose forest. That proved to be a mistake - going through one way went OK but on the way back I hit some sharp gravel that shredded the inner tubes on my front tire. Two flats later my efforts at patching the tubes were failing. So thanks to the kindness of a stranger I was rescued from the forest and driven home. Only 40 km today, therefore (and a similar number of mosquito bites). Lesson learned: any future biking in LaRose will be on the gravel bike. https://flic.kr/p/2gyPuec

Loud Tulip

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July 13, 2019. This was a Costco day - where I say these tulips - and a rest day spent taking a nap and watching the ball game. The cats are overjoyed that we have returned. https://flic.kr/p/2gyxpCk

Mont Trembland - Riviere Rouge

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Mont Trembland - Riviere Rouge

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Mont Trembland - Riviere Rouge

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Mont Trembland - Riviere Rouge

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Mont Trembland - Riviere Rouge

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Mont Trembland - Riviere Rouge

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Mont Trembland - Riviere Rouge

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Mont Trembland - Riviere Rouge

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