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2 orange-coloured jellyfish swimming upwards

sea nettles (chrysaora fuscescens) at the vancouver, BC acquarium

thanks to jo and sasha being here on their Amazing Book Tour, we got to go to the acquarium (since we never seem to get to vancouver unless somebody is visiting).
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small dog on foredeck of fishing boat, with flare above his head

in which superdog got his powers.
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tiny little bright green frog

pacific chorus frog pseudacris regilla, native to BC, apparently quite loving my rainwater can. scale -- he's about 5 cm long as he sits there. or she. i have no idea how to sex frogs.
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~18 cm long bird, with black head, black wings and tail with large, white splotches, and tawny orange breast
male black-headed grosbeak, pheucticus melanocephalus.
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especially for [livejournal.com profile] nellorat.

a BBC expedition team has discovered a new species of giant rat in papua new guinea. it measured 82cm in length from its nose to its tail, and weighed approximately 1.5kg.

via [personal profile] necturus.
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today the paramour dragged me out to go for a wike. well, "dragged". i wasn't actually opposed, but knew that if i thought about it, i'd whine about how it was too hot, so i just got up, held my head under running water to clean my hair, and off we went.

the last two times we tried to walk the cable bay / dodd narrows trail, we started too late and had to turn around half way. it's only a 6 km round trip -- about an hour and a half each way, the way i walk (stopping not infrequently to take photographs). half of the trail goes downhill, the rest is small up-and-down right along the coast. the first half is very easy to walk (aside from coming back uphill!) because it's covered with bark mulch, which makes it really springy; the second half is a narrow, rocky path, but not bad. it's almost entirely shaded and has the type of ecosystem common to our coast: douglas-fir, western redcedar, ferns, salal, oregon grape. good eating right now, because the salal berries are ripe, which i love and nobody else seems to care to munch on. the oregon grapes are ripe too, but are really too tart to eat raw. also, native blackberries (which don't compare well with the very sweet himalayan ones side by side, but if one forgets about the latter, the native ones come into their own; a much more subtle taste). it's a veritable feast.

so we walked and walked, and i took pictures because for once it wasn't too dark! i'll upload them tomorrow. nothing much happening at the cable bay bridge; in winter there are usually stellar's sea lions on the log booms, and bald eagles hang out here as well. in summer the best you can do is observe the rotting cables from old log booms -- since i have a thing for gigantic toolage, that's always fun. contemplated swimming just a bit past the bridge where there's a large shelf of sandstone easing into the water, but wanted to walk to the narrows first. got there and watched the tidal currents -- it was close to high tide, and probably a 5-6 knot current. the narrows really are narrow; just 55m wide. and the currents can get really fast; up to 9 knots. not the thing to try and go against in a sailboat, or a canoe or kayak; it's a maelstrom there.

so we get there and watch a couple of boats go through, one of which decided to ignore the "no wake zone" exhortation. once through, the dipshits stopped, and were looking for something. we turned and looked too, and then we saw it:

orca in dodd narrows orca in dodd narrows

saw a small pod (3 different orcas surfaced). they were travelling through the narrows and then up the coast towards harmac. so exciting!

that was totally cool; the first time we've seen orcas right here at home. well worth the trip, even if my left foot hurts now.

on the way back we stopped at the cedar brook restaurant in cedar, where i had their most excellent chicken souvlaki. great day!
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i spent some time this morning identifying these critters. which would have gone faster had i started in the right family, but unfortunately, i had it in my mind that they'd be vespinae. not so; they're polistinae.
cut because i should really cut all images, but sometimes i forget )
knowing that it's an invader, and seeing just how much the population has grown here in the last couple of years means i should really destroy these nests, *sigh*. i find this excruciatingly difficult.


Aug. 21st, 2006 13:57
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a few weeks ago, the paramour pointed out that we now have at least 8 wasp nests under the roof overhang at the front of the house. zie wanted to oust them (genocidally). i begged for their survival, being as they don't actually bother us; the nests are too high up for the wasps to be annoyed by us coming and going, and few of them come into the house.

today i rethought that policy briefly, because the grapevine came tumbling down, and i had to place a ladder carefully so as to not disturb any wasps, hammer some nails, and heave the grapevine mass onto them.

maybe they knew who saved their little petiolated buttocks. :) they were somewhat annoyed, but not a one threatened me. and the grapevine is mostly back in place. next year: tie the damn thing down as it grows.
image just a click away )
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i actually got up early, watered my garden, cut back the blackberry spreaders once again, and then made it to the fair in time to not have to seek for a parking space. took some time in the poultry barn trying to take pictures of feathers (for the most part it was just too dark for freehand photography), watched halter classes, 4H sheep judging, sheep shearing, goat milking, western riding for beginners, and miniature horse driving, and was finally all faired out around 14:00 and headed home before i could actually get a real sunburn.

i have 350 photos to go through and pick the most interesting ones to post. it'll be a while.

what now, brown sheep what now, brown cow sheep

this is my favourite picture from today, though technically it sucks. this could have been SO me, many many years ago, if i had been in 4H and raised sheep. matching butts, matching hair. too cute.

astoundingly, i did not just fall onto the couch and called it a day, but i swept kitchen and bathroom, vacuumed, did dishes, and cooked dinner. i don't know where that energy came from, that's for sure.
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log skid log skid competition

i love demonstrations of "exotic" working skills, and here's one: horses are still used in today's logging operations, so it's not a completely dead art.

this is the first series of action shots i've taken that actually came out well, thanks to the horses moving relatively slowly. :) next i should clearly work on depth of field (i know how to fake it in photoshop, but am too lazy for all that work today).

clicking on the image leads to more pictures with explanations.

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every august, we have the vancouver island exhibition, our local agricultural fair. i haven't gone most years because i missed the dates. this year i seem to be on the ball. i love ag fairs. found a spinner who was helpful enough to correct my drop spindle technique (self-taught), which resulted in instant improvement; i actually managed to spin a very consistent bit without fighting the spindle at all. i learn physical skills so much faster if i can actually watch somebody skilled perform them close up than if i learn from textual description with still images. these guys breed cotswold sheep and angora goats on gabriola island, and i'll visit them soon, i think. she also had the dream spinning wheel for life on the boat: an ashford joy. OMG, perfect.

i took pictures of animals and stuff until i ran out of batteries. first, baby animals. :)

sleeping piglet sleeping piglet

piglet has a stick piglet has a stick

this is the last second during which this piglet is in sole possession of
said stick. :)
in hiding in hiding

"blanc de hotot" rabbits, an endangered breed.
muscovy ducklings muscovy ducklings

this is only half the clutch. can you imagine pushing out 18 eggs?

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it always impresses me how ants can walk up and down a completely vertical glass pane.

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