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Teeny Snail Close up

 

the pink fabric is a very old, very worn smooth cotton dishtowel. and that snail is so so tiny. i guess it was raspberries in from the garden sprayed with a little water and picked over. just before i was going to rinse out the colander with very very hot water, i saw a tiny moving dot. and this is who it was. i'm so surprised i was able to get so sharp a photograph without using a tripod.

2007 10 14 - Teeny Snail Close Up.


2007 06 04 Heart of Stone

 

2007 06 04 Heart of Stone


2007 06 04 Garden Gargoyle

 

i love this little face.


6004 06 04 Become

 

6004 06 04 Become

miniature pink rose - plucked from the 'take me home and save me table'


Halfmoon Bay BC Canada 


a baby garry oak with a couple of last year's leaves and the new buds.


Halfmoon Bay BC Canada 


spider web hens & chickens [or houseleeks] these are quite tiny about 1" across at the largest in this photo.

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Halfmoon Bay BC Canada 


two shoots on the native honeysuckle which winds up into an arbutus tree.

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Halfmoon Bay BC Canada 


the first crocuses - pulled from the ground by the burgeoning daylight with the soft spring rain.

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Halfmoon Bay BC Canada 

11 February 2007

if you look back at last spring, you'll see the japanese rose in bloom. this bud is no larger than a black peppercorn.


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Halfmoon Bay BC Canada 

can you see the red peeking out of the snow? there are zillions of scarlet berries on all the low cotoneasters this year.


Halfmoon Bay BC Canada 

Our front door, snow on the honeysuckle, no more leaves on the japanese maple. It snowed all the next day!


Halfmoon Bay BC Canada 

sorry this is a tad blurry, i just love these metal sculptures.


Steph & Bruce's in Vancouver 

Katsura tree, and bamboo, with spruce in the background. these are trees in the back garden of my friends steph & bruce[they are michael [the quasi-grand-baby-girl]'s parents.]'s house. lovely tree, eh?


 

nopalxochia "kismet"


 

nopalxochia "kismet"


in the garden 

these little crocuses are so lovely - we had a lot of rain the week this photo was taken.

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in the garden 

i so rarely manage to take this kind of shot ... if i was on CSI i could probably see myself in the water drop. this is a flowering red currant, waiting for the hummingbirds to return.

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in the garden 

tete a tete narcisus. i love these!

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in the garden 

this has become a memorial photo. Mr Bear's life came to an end in early january.

mr bear looking very alert. he was such a sweetie. yes, yes, i know anthropomorphizing animals isn't a good thing - but he was a sweet boy nonetheless.

we miss him very much.


in the garden 

this is the skeleton of a lovely orange flower which blooms late in the fall. this is what's left after the winter has taken away the orange.

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a lamb

Canterbury England 

in the White Friars shopping centre, on the high street in Canterbury there are a number of lovely pieces of public art. this little lamb is one of them. she's on a pedestal, as she should be.

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along the River Stour, a little further

Canterbury England 

a terrace of houses at the side of the River Stour. we thought it likely that the steps were there for embarking or disembarking from small river craft.

now why are a group of row houses called a terrace?

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along the River Stour, a little further

Canterbury England 

the green on the other side of the river is a lovely park, with paths and plantings. there's a lot of green space in Canterbury.

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along the River Stour

Canterbury England 

a lovely little building, straddling the River Stour.

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flint & mortar

Canterbury England 

do you know what flint comes from? see how shiney it is, with a white edge? well this is a petrified sea sponge, cracked open.

i learned this for the first time on this journey. flint is a near ubiquitous building material in kent and in dorset, and i don't know where all else. the romans used it, and it's part of buildings being constructed today on the high street in Canterbury.

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the ruins of a Norman Castle

Canterbury England 

across the street from the B&B. built with flint and mortar, and stones. there's much less of this castle than there would have been, had a coke/coal company not tried to take apart the interior of the castle to enlarge the area they used to store coke. this happened in the early 1800s.

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early blossoms

Canterbury England 

along the River Stour on Saturday morning.

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along the River Stour

Canterbury England 

Saturday's walk through the town.


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Dover Castle from the town of Dover at its feet

Dover England 

i thought this was satisfyingly looming.

this is the view from a small park beside the bus stop in the centre of Dover. a not very prepossessing town.

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the dancing seagull

Dover Castle, Dover England 

one of those awful moments in digital photography. just as i was going to take a little movie of this seagull, my last set of batteries died. damn.

this gull was stamping his feet, really, in the most remarkable little dance. we didn't know what was going on, until his head darted out and he snagged a worm.

worm-thumping, i guess.

we doubted our own eyes until we saw another gull doing the same thing about 30 feet away.

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inside the castle keep

Dover Castle, Dover England 

my niece took this from the highest point inside the castle keep.

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apocalyptic sky

Dover England 

i love this kind of sky, and here it seemed even more special. so silver.

this is the breakwater in dover's harbour, the ferries leave from here, just out of frame on the left, for Calais.

26 miles across the sea ...

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an arrow slit

Dover Castle, Dover England 

this is an unreconstructed arrow slit. gun slits have circles at the bottom. i was fascinated when a tour guide pointed out that the castle has been renovated and influenced by changes in technology over the centuries.

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Dover Castle

Dover Castle, Dover England 

i love doorways.

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Dover Castle

Dover Castle, Dover England 

the fog makes this amazing structure look much softer than it is. Henry II built quite the fortress.

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clay and brick

Canterbury England 

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worldwide fruit

Canterbury England 

well, yes.

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clay tiles

Canterbury England 

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roof tiles

Canterbury England 

more of the amazing clay tile work

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Sally Lunn Tea Room

Bath, England 

Sally Lunn was a hugenot refugee in England. you know, when the protestants had to flee france, and no one knows why they are called hugenot.

Sally was a baker, and came to rest here in Bath. we had buns and clotted cream and tea and jam here and it was truly yummy, to say nothing of historical.

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oh this looks so inviting

Bath, England 

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the spring itself

Bath, England 

this water has been flowing for such a long time!

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and another view of one of the pools

Bath, England 

can't you just imagine soaking here?

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another of the bath's pools

Bath, England 

remarkable really to be in this building. almost 2000 years old.

http://www.cityofbath.co.uk/history/bathspa.html

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river, bridge & park

Bath, England 

see the wall on the bridge, and the windows? the tour guide said the reason there were shops built on the bridge over the beautiful river was that the design ethic of the time was to turn the view away from nature and toward the controled and contained buildings. these shops were jewellers and other fine artisans.

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lovely square

Bath, England 

this kind of public space always reminds me how little of this kind of space there is in Vancouver.

ok - i know i already said this about trafalgar, but this *always* reminds of that lack. and the good news is that the two planners who are responsible for this are retiring. but i think it is too late to remedy, as the city has densified and is nearly built out.


now this is an English Breakfast!

South Newton 

this was such good food. i loved having mushrooms every morning. and english bacon is the best of back bacon and streaky bacon together. yum.

sharon managed to find this lovely place in the b&b book she and MB had with them. the house was old, and beautifuly refurbished. it had been a mill for a very long time.

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge 

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge 

and this is where we went the next morning.

the stones here are both bigger and smaller than they were in my imagination.

it was blowing, and so so cold [just above freezing] and raining sideways. and so very wonderful.

(you can't see the data, but my camera remained on our home time through the trip, and this photo was taken at 04:00:22 on 8 january 2006. this reminds me why it took me three or four days and some melatonin to get back to the pacific time zone from greenwich mean time.)


The Ravens at the Tower

London 

ravens live in our neighbourhood, flying from cedar to cedar, making their wonderful sounds. the ones at the Tower cannot fly, their wings are clipped, in order to serve the superstition that the monarchy will persist as long as the ravens are in the Tower.

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