Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Photography: Visitor

I just got another great bike run in (a 62km tour of Etobicoke), but I'm not going to bother putting a map of that together (at least, not just yet). Instead, here are some photos of a visitor to our front yard.

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies pass through southern Ontario every year. Point Pelee, the southernmost tip of mainland Ontario (only Pelee Island is further south in Canada) is famous for the migrating Monarchs, who cross Lake Erie from Sandusky, to Pelee Island, then to Point Pelee and on up.

Monarch Butterfly

This one got quite comfy in our front yard, hanging out on the cedars and letting me get quite close with the camera.

Monarch Butterfly

It even took some time to pose for me, showing off its famous bright orange wings.

Monarch Butterfly

There are Monarchs all over Toronto these days. I saw a dozen of them on the lakeshore leg of my bike run. Too bad they're so hard to photograph on the wing. Read more!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Stuff: Best Week in Ages

This has been the best week in ages.

Monday: I got to take a friend out cycling. I love biking around Toronto, but unfortunately Lori's not an experienced enough cyclist to keep up with me, so most of the time I ride solo. Monday, though, I managed to drag a friend across 23 km of Toronto trails.

Wednesday: More cycling. I completed my first ever century: a 100 km tour of Toronto (105km to be exact).

I didn't take any photos, but there were times I wished I had had the camera. Among the sights:

  • A feral cat eating by the side of the path
  • A woodchuck doing likewise, down a way from the cat
  • A man hand-feeding a red-headed woodpecker
  • Two girls hand-feeding a squirrel

I didn't consider 'til now how all of these involved animals eating...

Thursday: In spite of being a little (well, very) stiff after my big tour, I accepted a job at Algorithmics! I am no longer unemployed!

I start on September 5th at one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada.

What's the word? Oh, right: Woot! Read more!