Today’s Pictures: 29 Apr 21

‘They walked between the guidelines for the transtrols and under rows of palms; dancing, running hand in hand, sauntering. Luce executed a series of perfect cartwheels and Randal applauded. He, in turn, walked fifteen paces on his hands.’
Stuart Aken, The Methuselah Strain

This series of photographs from our local forest will finish at the end of April, by which time I’ll have posted almost 1,000 of my pictures in this series. For the last few days, I’m adding others from my collection from the forest, and one other each day to show more of the world and its wonders.


From May onwards, I intend to replace this daily series with single photos from my professional files, as the pictures have brought joy to many. The new series will be a real mix of subjects I’ve enjoyed picturing over the years. No captions. No information. I hope you’ll enjoy them, comment where you wish, and continue to share them with your online friends and followers.

All photographs here are my own, unless otherwise credited. You can find more of my pictures here. And there’s a small sample under the ‘Gallery’ tab, top of this page.

22 thoughts on “Today’s Pictures: 29 Apr 21

  1. I’ve found my own woodsy path to take in our new community – wildflowers and a large pool in a wandering stream where a HUGE turtle lives. Still, that beach looks ultimately swimmable.

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    1. That sounds great, Noelle. I think turtles are amazing creatures, fascinating.
      The beach is fine for swimming, but you’d need to wait for the summer sun to warm it above its current 8C, I think!

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  2. I wish I could keep up with you and your wife. We are heading into the 100-degree weather and it appears it will last longer each year. I love the thought of a long walk among the cool trees. I also love the thought of laying idle on the beach and splashing in the surf.

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    1. 38C; I think I could handle that, Brenda. Mind you, not when it’s a daily experience. We’re hovering around 51F at present, which is below our average. And we’ve had a sprnkle of rain recently, which has helped green the forest.
      Lying on the beach and splashing in the surf? With you all the way, there. But I feel we’ll have to wait until next year to visit the Mediterranean again, unfortunately.

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      1. I am hopeful that there will be a “next year!” There were so many days, this past 4 years that I wasn’t sure there would be any more years, but there seems to be a break in the storm. I miss our old house with the huge tree shading part of our yard, and the pool to cool off. But life goes on and in an instant, it can change. Take care and bundle up when you walk in the woods.

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        1. They say ‘change’ is an essential element of life, Brenda. Let’s hope yours are all positive in the future.
          As for us, we live in the UK, where we can experience all 4 seasons in one day, so we’re well equipt to deal with all the weather events we get, at present!

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  4. Spring is coming along beautifully! Lovely photos – it looks like you are having warm and pleasant weather. We are still struggling along with +2 or 3C. Better than -15, but still. May starts on Saturday! I’m wondering if the ice will be off the lake by the time September comes!

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    1. Oh, I hope your warm weather arrives soon, Lynette. I hate the cold, so you have my real sympathy.
      Our temperatures may seem high in comparison with yours at present, but we’re actually experiencing below average warmth for most of the month. At last, we’ve had some much-needed rain, though, and a little more on the way.

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      1. I am missing home in BC, where it’s 23C and sunny today. Here in NWT, we had a high of +2C with snow this morning that turned into pouring rain, bucketing down, this evening. Would you like some rain? We have lots and would be happy to share. Can’t guarantee that it won’t turn to snow, though.

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  5. I remember that interesting line in the “Stuart Aken, The Methuselah Strain” great read and picturing those two wonderful characters having real fun for the first time in a long while, makes one want to take a spin down the forest.
    Gorgeous photography my friend. Hope you and Valerie are having a stand on your hands kind of day.
    Hugs and love to you two. 🤗❤️🥰😘

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    1. Thanks, Joni. It’s great when any sort of creative piece inspires activity, or even the idea of it!
      We’re fine today, following a 6.6 mile walk that had us arriving back home for lunch at 14:45! Still, better late than never, eh?
      Hope you and Scott are both well and happy.

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        1. Thanks, Joni. Recovery time is longer these days, and we managed only 3 miles today! But the forest is such an inspirational place for us, we’re often tempted to walk further than perhaps we should. It’s wonderful watching the trees green up as spring brings the leaves unfurling from their buds.

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          1. That is a long hike for a forty year old. You two are an inspiration. I miss walking like we did in Washington. There were so many hiking trails. Our yard is beautiful and mostly shaded by our trees thanks to my husband. However the asphalt is so hot by 8:00 am it is too hot to walk. It will soon be in the 90’s here on a regular basis. There are not any nice parks with trees and paths here. Sorry to get on a roll but they have deforest hundreds of acres to build big houses so people can live in five bedroom homes. Flooding is a problem just a few miles from here and you can imagine what it will be like now. Deforestation is what is causing Haitians to starve to death. Sorry Stuart I am a bit angry about our beautiful world slowly being killed off. How about you tell me the release date of your new book my friend? ❤️🤗🥰💝

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            1. I feel your pain, share your anger and despair, Joni. We are the only animal on Earth that actively destroys its own environment, yet we beleive we are also the most intelligent, without ever understanding the irony in that claim.
              Deforestation, as I’m sure you know, is a major cause of flash floods, yet they continue to do it. Whilst profit remains king, these greedy actions will not stop.
              The new book is, hopefully, going through its final edit. It’s been a long uphill climb on this book – all my previous books went through the process with ease, but this one deals with ideas and themes many people will find difficult, and I think the editors had some of those issues, too. But we’re almost there now. Hoping for a launch in Summer.

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              1. Yea, is it a stand alone? Do you think I would enjoy it? I am sorry you had such a struggle but you know what – when you feel that way think about your books being great enough that a publishing company has published all your books, and wants your work. Yea!!!! Please let me know when it is going to be released.
                Sorry to vent about our world. By 2050 we will be rationing water if not before. I likely will not be around at that time but for our future generation now in college they will be dealing with the aftermath of American greed. I wish you and Valerie and Scott and I could have a nice meal and glass of wine together. Please give Valerie my love too. Thank you for being patient with me my friend. ❤️🤗😘💝

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                1. I share your fears for the environmental future, Joni. And, with a daughter in her 20s, it’s her generation I fear for more than mine. If I’m around in 2050, I’ll be 102 and will have had a life that experienced a lot of good things, but she will have spent much of her life struggling in a world so full of greed, corruption, and violence by then.
                  As for the new book, if I tell you it deals with the themes of climate emergency, religious irresponsibility, commercial greed, and corona virus, all ten years hence, that should give you some idea. I’m not sure the central character’s take on religion will suit you and Scott, to be honest. Watch this space for further revelations as things progress.
                  Yes, it would be lovely to get together and enjoy a pleasant meal together.

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                  1. Actually your book sounds very interesting. There is a lot of negativity that is associated with religion because a lot of people use Christianity for their own personal gain, and take one verse out of context in the Bible to try and prove a point. We are both people of strong faith but we don’t like to call ourselves Christians. Reading something isn’t going to sway me from my faith. It sounds interesting. I read countless articles written by specialists in their field about what our world will look like in 2050 and it is bleak. Any deviation of nature can affect the change speeding up the process of flooding and additional loss of land. Much of that has to do with melting glaciers. All this deforestation will make it impossible to grow crops and the destruction and burning in the Amazon is doing horrible things to our planet. We are already starting to run out of water in some Countries, or get low. The US promised water to Countries we will not be able to actually deliver. I bet you do worry about your twenty year old. She will live to see some of the horrible things that will happen. I would say one half of my book was on educational issues and facts about our planet. One of my siblings just had 500 acres clear cut behind her house. She lives out in the boondocks. The earth just keeps getting warmer. I do hope you put your sense of humor in this book. I am sure your research is spot on and the book will be extremely interesting. An educational effort to help wake up the masses. Please don’t feel obligated to respond to this as I know your busy. I just felt like sharing this with you. Also you have always been very respectful about my beliefs. You two enjoy your weekend. Love ❤️ and hugs 🤗 to you both my treasured friend.

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                    1. I encounter all levels of people with faith, Joni. You are among the few who show real tolerance; I wish there were more like you.
                      I received the final editing suggestions yesterday and am now working on those, so the book should be ready for publication in summer. I’ve learned a huge amount during the research for and writing and editing of this book. So much so that it’s taken over my life in many ways. I need so much to get it right.
                      Thank you for your support. Progress will will be marked here on the blog, of course.

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                    2. Hopefully my faith shows in my love and even in my writing. There is nothing to tolerate. You are a lovely man who I enjoy so much and I feel like I know Valerie through you a bit. If you are anything like us, you are also best friends.
                      I am excited that you are nearing the end of your editing process. I bet you have learned a lot of very interesting stuff about our world. It is indeed mostly sad things that I studied because it is heartbreaking to see numbers of animals, etc that will be extinct. I will be watching for your book.
                      Wishing you and Valerie a beautiful day together. Sending my love. Congratulations on being close to completion of your soon to be released new book. 🎉🎊🎉🎊⭐️love Joni

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