Equinox Challenge from the verandah

I live about 17kms east of the city and from my veranda I notice the position of the sunset on the horizon change constantly but sometimes the clouds don’t want to co-operate. Astronomy fascinates me, these two photos were taken two days apart and the city skyline creates a great reference point. Do you know … Continue reading "Equinox Challenge from the verandah"

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Challenge of the month, October 2019: Flagging interest

With the coldest and wettest (or hottest and driest, depending) part of the year on the horizon, is your cycling interest flagging?  If so, we’ve got just the challenge to revive it: Flags!  National, regional, ecumenical, corporate; straight out in a gale force wind, lightly luffing in a breeze, completely limp; up a pole, on … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, October 2019: Flagging interest"

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The Prairie Is In Bloom Like Never Before

The headline and the featured photo say it all:  Never before in the history of Minnesota prairies has the landscape been so alive with color as it is today at Dakota County’s Spring Lake Park.  At least I’VE never seen it in such beautiful bloom before, and I come from a school of thought that says … Continue reading "The Prairie Is In Bloom Like Never Before"

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Falling into line with some Aboriginal skeleton warriors

On the cycle to the Climate Strike Day from work I sprung into line with these guys.   Lots of protesters and students at the Rally, not happy the way we’re wrecking the planet and destroying their future. So where am I?     Don’t like crowds so I cycled back to work and stopped … Continue reading "Falling into line with some Aboriginal skeleton warriors"

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September’s challenge: Bakeoven Road

I’m pleased with how this month’s challenge is going so far.  Lots of participation, lots of creative contributions.  Keep it up! Here are my entries for now, but I’m sure more will follow.  The featured image is from our ride up Bakeoven Road to Shaniko through the high desert.  A great ride, through a beautiful … Continue reading "September’s challenge: Bakeoven Road"

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“A STRAIGHT LINE EXISTS BETWEEN ME AND THE GOOD THING.” -Talking Heads

Hi again, folks.  As Jack Nicholson said in The Shining, “I’M BA-A-A-A-CK!” I don’t actually believe anybody noticed (or cared) that I’ve been gone, but I’ll tell you a little about what I’ve been doing anyway.  I was on a three week bike tour, mostly in the state of Washington.  I enjoyed it immensely.  August was … Continue reading "“A STRAIGHT LINE EXISTS BETWEEN ME AND THE GOOD THING.” -Talking Heads"

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September Challenge — In Line

From Illinois, the expected –> Raleigh aligned with corn field And then, a soybean field Raleigh aligned with road, roadside, poles, wires, and corn field Parked going the ‘wrong way’  🙂 Raleigh aligned with rails and tree lines Interesting intersecting (almost!) contrails Raleigh was aligned with the one running from top to bottom, it really … Continue reading "September Challenge — In Line"

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August Challenge: the Portland Heritage Tree Quest

Last day of August!  I’ve just got time for one last challenge post before closing the book. This one has lots  of trees, but I featured the skeleton of a dying Sycamore maple out of respect.  The post as a whole though might interest both tree and quest fans, because it’s the first stage of … Continue reading "August Challenge: the Portland Heritage Tree Quest"

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Challenge of the Month: September, 2019

Just a reminder that there are still a few days left in August, so there’s time left to share with us that favorite tree you’ve been procrastinating on.  For those impatient types or folks that like to think ahead a bit though (we’re looking at you, Suzanne), here’s the challenge for September. This month’s theme … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month: September, 2019"

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August challenge: the trees of Irvington

We’re staying this week in Irvington, one of Portland’s inner east side neighborhoods.  It feels a bit like living in an Arboretum, with a great diversity of mature trees – there must be fifty different species here, often grouped in short rows along parking strips, each block featuring a different tree than the one before. … Continue reading "August challenge: the trees of Irvington"

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August challenge: the Kalaloch Tree of Life

The Sitka Spruce is a pretty amazing tree.  Previously we had a look at the largest known Sitka Spruce in the world, soaring nearly two hundred feet into the sky.  Today’s featured image is a much smaller example, but nearly as remarkable.  The Kalaloch Tree of Life ekes out its precarious existence on the wild … Continue reading "August challenge: the Kalaloch Tree of Life"

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Sequoia sempervirens

Also known as the California redwood. Several grow in our yard. The Ogre snuggled up to one them this morning. From Wikipedia: Sequoia sempervirens is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae (formerly treated in Taxodiaceae). Common names include coast redwood, coastal redwood and California redwood. It is an … Continue reading "Sequoia sempervirens"

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Challenge of the month: August, 2019

Oh, good grief!  Where did July go, anyway?  I’ve lost track, and almost missed getting this month’s challenge out in time.  I’m sure you’ve all been getting anxious, wondering whether you would have a reason to wheel the bike out of the shed next month. ‘Where’s our challenge?’, I imagine many of you have been … Continue reading "Challenge of the month: August, 2019"

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