I attended a mason bee workshop sponsored by the City of Burnaby today. I’ve been to these before, but I always learn something new. Today’s speakers were bee expert Margriet Dogterom who runs BeeDiverse Products and bird box and bee box builder extraordinaire Joe Sadowski.
Margriet in action
Joe mentioned that he turned “83 years young” the other day!
When he saw me, he gave me a punch in the shoulder by way of greeting. I may have a bruise coming on 🙂
Organizer Melinda Yong of the City of Burnaby Parks Department
Realized that I’ve shot the same scene about half a year apart. While the scenes are not exactly lined up, you can recognize the fence posts and get a sense of how close I must have been standing for the two takes.
March 9, 2015
October 1, 2014
If you look closely, you can see that I was just a few steps to the right compared to the more recent photo. Cool!
Oops, this is on the BC 5A north of Merritt.
I love the BC 5A between Merritt and Kamloops. The Nicola Valley and its string of lakes has a quiet beauty that changes with the seasons. In three or four hours of slowly touring up and back down, I saw at most a dozen other vehicles. The smaller lakes were still mostly iced over, with blue at the edges.
I tried many dozen shots of these Western Meadowlarks, but only these two were usable. They were very shy, and even with the monster Tamron 150-600mm maxed out, they were hard to capture.
Here are more shots of the same route taken October 2014.
Happy International Women’s Day to my late Mom, who taught me to respect women, to cook, to wash dishes, to wash clothes, to iron, to sew on my own buttons…
All while she pursued higher education and then held a professional job for over 30 years.
She shall remain one of my most important role models forever.
Volunteers with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society completed a weekend fish survey in southeast Burnaby, BC, today with the third-best result recorded in 13 years of collecting data. We caught, identified, measured and released 70 juvenile cutthroat trout and three coho.
Please note that this activity is done with authorization from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans SEP Program, and with training by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation.
The fish survey involves rambling through the bush. Those hi-viz vests really stand out in the forest.
Someone had placed this chair at this idyllic spot. Nice view, too bad whoever was sitting here appeared to have been tossing beer cans in the creek… Sigh
Skunk cabbage popping up in several place. This is a cool plant!
Emptying a Gee trap
Checking out the results
Releasing the little guys unharmed
Thanks to all the volunteers!
Volunteers from the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society began a two-day survey of fish in the creek this morning.
Lovely morning in the ravine
Please note that fish surveys are done with permission from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Here’s a little feller hanging in a pool beneath a fallen tree.
Robin keeping an eye on things in Ron McLean Park in SE Burnaby
I absolutely HATE it when you go to a web page and suddenly there’s music blaring from your speakers for some advert.
I hate anything that moves or makes noise when I land on a web page, including those creepy “how can I help you” chat popups on some sites.
Oh, yes, I hate animated email messages, too.
If I control my user experience, I am much more likely to read your email or stay on your web page. I’ll even click on a few advert links if they’re something I’m interested in. I might even click on a “click to chat” link if I do have a question.
But if you get pushy with me, I’m gone.
Too many things on the go! About half an hour ago a guy from the gas company knocked on the door to say that they had replaced the gas meter (we’d gotten notice a few weeks ago this would happen). He said he’d like to come in and relight the furnace, the water heater, and any other gas appliances.
We keep the house at 18C in the daytime in our mild winters here, so I hadn’t even noticed that the furnace was off.
As part of the relighting he asked me to jack the thermostat way up so that the furnace would kick in.
He left, I got back to work… And mindlessly took my sweatshirt off and continued working in just a T-shirt. And awhile later I was getting more irritated by how bloody hot it was…
And it still took another ten minutes for it to sink in that I’d left the thermostat at 26C!
OK, furnace is off, back to work.
I went to my first Federation of BC Writers event today, the Self Publishing Fair held at the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library.
I enjoyed the speakers and chatting with folks who had displays at the fair. I recognized a couple of fellow members of the Editors’ Association of Canada.
I decided to join the “Fed” as it appears to like to call itself. Perhaps being part of such a group will help stimulate me to do more writing!