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Wasps, Vancouver BC

Taking photos on the D-Day anniversary, in a completely unsustainable crouch, I got distant shots of skittish wasps: tiny images even at max zoom.

Not all photos are great art.  And that’s OK.

Wasp flattened against leaf.

Belly flop!

 

Wasp tangled up with stalk of lupin

Who put this lupin in my flight path?

 

Wasp landing head first on leaf

Face plant!

 

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National Treasure #146: Geological Survey of Canada

Other than being a set of acronyms you’ve never heard of, what do these three things have in common:

  • CNSN
  • NATMAP
  • LITHOPROBE

If you guessed that they are all initiatives involving the Geological Survey of Canada, you’d be right.  Continue reading

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What It Is

At age 12, I was mildly startled to learn that French-speaking animals can make different noises than English-speaking ones.  While cows sound about the same in both of Canada’s Official Languages, Francophone mice don’t make a (perfectly reasonable) squeak, they make a (perfectly ridiculous) wee, wee, wee noise.

What, I wondered, was with that?   Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me

Today I turn, am, have, or complete 65, depending on your language (and those are just the few that I know). But whatever the verb, it’s an odd moment: long expected and yet totally surprising.  I cannot yet comment on the state itself but as I sit here, between the idea and the reality, I have a few random thoughts, as the aged often do.  Continue reading

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National Treasure #134: Graham Greene

He’s the Canadian Oneida actor, not the English novelist.

He’s played Aboriginal roles – like his Oscar-nominated role in Dances with Wolves, and truly scary gangster Malachi Strand on Longmire.

He’s played non-Aboriginal roles, like Shakespeare’s Shylock at Stratford, and hearing-challenged explosives expert Edgar K. B. (Kaboom?) Montrose on The Red Green Show.   Continue reading

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