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spy hill landfill

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The Boy and I had a manly man errand this afternoon, taking a load of stuff to the city landfill.

duckies!

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a fresh batch of baby duckies is taking to the pond near campus. as I approached to take some photos, I was surprised to be warned off by one of the geese - I thought the mama duck might be upset, but a goose?

husky

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I headed downtown to visit MEC so I could grab some more expensive crap for my bike. I’m not a fan of downtown, but there’s something about the reflections on the glass shrines to petroleum culture that are strangely compelling.

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June 1st, 2009 at 11:04 pm

empty

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May 30th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

reflection bench

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a bench along the pathway at one end of the duck pond near campus. this pond is now the home to nearly a dozen resident ducks, and many other birds have moved back into the trees surrounding it. campus sounds alive again.

exploration

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Evan hunts for fossils behind our house - he got lucky on this expedition, returning with a back plate from a stegosaurus, and several tyrannosaurus teeth.

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May 28th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

golden morning

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I’m not sure what these are (cinquefoil?) but they just blossommed en masse on the bluffs overlooking the Bow River. Lots of bright yellow spread along the pathway.

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May 27th, 2009 at 10:47 am

1900km in Bowmont

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at the west end of the Bowmont pathway system, in Silver Springs.

I’m trying the Manfrotto Super Clamp on the handlebars again, this time with my little Fujifilm point and shoot camera - I’m not sure that camera will survive much vibration though…

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May 26th, 2009 at 10:38 am

30 seconds of Molly Malone

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if you look very closely, you can see the ghosts of some of the YYC Photo Book project members. or at least their feet.

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May 25th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

rest stop

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we went for an epic 11km ride around our community today, and wound up taking a break at the far southwest corner of Tuscany, on a bluff overlooking the Bow River valley.

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May 23rd, 2009 at 8:00 pm

serenity pond

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I stopped at the duck pond near campus to cool down, and wound up spending a few minutes enjoying the calmness of the pond, with ducks and songbirds moving into the area.

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May 22nd, 2009 at 11:29 am

fogvalley

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the community of bowness, and canada olympic park, obscured by the first real fog of the season.

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May 21st, 2009 at 10:56 am

benched

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I stopped at The Bench™ for a few minutes on the ride home this evening. Definitely my favourite thinking spot (in #yyc, anyway)

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May 20th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

COP and boxcars

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Canada Olympic Park, with the last remnants of the snow still hanging on. Note the angle of the flag on top of the hill. That was headwind, the whole way to campus…

mallard

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Evan and I explored the ravine behind our house, and stumbled across this mallard swimming in the shrinking pond at the bottom.

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May 17th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

grass creek

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a creek runs along the bottom of the ravine behind our house - cutting a deep gash that is often completely overgrown by grass and brush.

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May 16th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

rust and green

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2009-05-14-rust-and-green the valley is turning green - buds on all of the trees and bushes, and rusty brown beginning to disappear.

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May 14th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

hey, bud.

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the amur bing choke cherry tree in front of our house is finally budding. spring? hopefully.

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May 13th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

1600km

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I’m 2 weeks ahead of my pace from 2008, but I still need to pour it on to build up endurance for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

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May 12th, 2009 at 10:24 am

under the big top

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I spent Mother’s Day volunteering to help with the Shrine Circus as a Marshal - sitting next to an emergency exit to make sure it’s safe to run the show.

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May 10th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

batman enjoying the show

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Evan watches the circus, enjoying the clowns and acrobats. The Batman facepaint was probably his favourite part of the circus - didn’t want to wash it off before bed.

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May 9th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

morning sky

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it’s trying to rain again today, but the battle for the skies will not be easily won.

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May 8th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

wet and green

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a decent sustained rainfall today means everything will be turning neon green very quickly. green week is coming to calgary…

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May 7th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

1500km

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passed the 1500km mark in silver springs, along the bowmont area, overlooking the bow river valley and the rocky mountains.

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May 6th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

rainday

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the first rain of the year! w00t!

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May 5th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

reboot

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I’m in the first orientation session for the GDER program, rebooting my MSc after a several year hiatus.

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May 4th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

seeking

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an automous robot seeks unexploded bombs in a simulated town as part of the IEEE Robot Games hosted at the University of Calgary. IIRC, this one used ultrasonic rangefinders to build its map.

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May 2nd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

springing

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2009-04-30-springing spring has just started to arrive in the city - the poplars are budding, grass starting to turn green. It’s going to turn green really quickly, though…

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April 30th, 2009 at 10:46 am

bowmont in early spring

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a stretch of the Bowmont Natural Pathway system, along Silver Springs. The grass is starting to turn green, and buds are forming on the brush. Spring is going to happen quickly.

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April 29th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

rings

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a small pond beside the “bike path” through the construction zone at Stoney Trail and Tuscany Boulevard, with concentric rings visible through the ice.

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April 28th, 2009 at 10:33 am

lined

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the hallway in Math Sciences.

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April 27th, 2009 at 10:16 am

all barrels, no monkeys

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This is all that was left of the mountain of rain barrels at the City of Calgary Rain Barrel Sale. Hundreds of barrels were sold at Brentwood C-Train station, hopefully conserving thousands of liters of water (more?) during the summer.

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April 25th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

1200km

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I hit 1200km while I was on the short path beside VRRI, between the research park and main campus.

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April 24th, 2009 at 10:15 am

scenic route

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I had to stop here to de-ice my bike. The ice was several mm thick all over the cables, gears, chain, pedals, tires, spokes, me, my shoes, my glasses, my helmet, handlebars, hands… I was down to 1 gear, and no brakes. But I made it home :-)

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April 22nd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

arch over the rocks

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a strong chinook wind formed a distinctive arch over western Calgary, with the Rocky Mountains visible behind it.

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April 21st, 2009 at 1:23 pm

cdw @ lunch

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the room for our course design workshop, after a morning of activity and discussion.

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April 20th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

tipi

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Silver Springs Beavers at Kamp Kiwanis in April 2009. Pirates. Arrrr!

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April 19th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

summoning the wood elf

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clap 3 times, and the wood elf will come and start a campfire for you. Silver Springs Beavers at Kamp Kiwanis in April 2009. Pirates. Arrrr!

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April 18th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

bearspaw

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I took a ride out through Bearspaw after work today. Google’s map is wrong - the road it claims to go north across 1A was never built. So I settled for exploring the roads on the south side of 1A, overlooking the river and bearspaw dam.

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April 17th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

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