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Thinking about the Unthinkable.  25 April 2017.  105vr  Flower  Travel 
Apr 25, 2017
  Travel, Flower, 105vr  
Spring Flower.  9 May 2017.  105vr  Flower 
May 9, 2017
  105vr, Flower  
Green vs Orange vs Blue.  11 May 2017.  105vr  Flower  Politics 
May 11, 2017
  Politics, Flower, 105vr  
Succulent.  13 July 2017.  105vr  Flower 
Jul 13, 2017
  Flower, 105vr  
An examination of an orange flower.  23 May 2018.  105vr  Books  Flower 
May 23, 2018
  105vr, Flower, Books  
Spring.  4 June 2018.  105vr  Flower  Garden 
Jun 4, 2018
  Flower, Garden, 105vr  
Echinacea.  28 July 2018.  Flower  XF 16/1.4 
Jul 28, 2018
  Flower, XF 16/1.4  
Finally, rain.  9 September 2018.  105vr  Flower 
Sep 9, 2018
  Flower, 105vr  
Borderline crazy.  27 March 2020.  Flower  Garden 
Mar 27, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Spring in the garden.  25 April 2020.  Flower  Garden 
Apr 25, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Orange.  26 April 2020.  Flower 
Apr 26, 2020
  Flower  
Tangerine.  29 April 2020.  Flower 
Apr 29, 2020
  Flower  
Purple.  1 May 2020.  Flower  Garden 
May 1, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Violet.  2 May 2020.  Flower  Garden 
May 2, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
White.  3 May 2020.  Flower  Garden 
May 3, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Yellow and red.  5 May 2020.  Flower  Garden 
May 5, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Rhododendron.  6 May 2020.  Flower  Garden 
May 6, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Yellowish.  7 May 2020.  Flower  Garden 
May 7, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Pink Strawberry.  11 May 2020.  Flower  Garden 
May 11, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Rhododendron season.  14 May 2020.  Flower  Garden 
May 14, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Vivid pink.  16 May 2020.  Flower 
May 16, 2020
  Flower  
Orange & Green.  17 May 2020.  Flower 
May 17, 2020
  Flower  
Pink.  18 May 2020.  Flower 
May 18, 2020
  Flower  
Yellow and red.  23 May 2020.  Flower 
May 23, 2020
  Flower  
Purple and white.  24 May 2020.  Flower 
May 24, 2020
  Flower  
Deep purple.  25 May 2020.  Flower 
May 25, 2020
  Flower  
Silver and yellow.  26 May 2020.  Flower 
May 26, 2020
  Flower  
Purple.  27 May 2020.  Flower 
May 27, 2020
  Flower  
Flannel yellow.  28 May 2020.  Flower 
May 28, 2020
  Flower  
Blue.  29 May 2020.  Flower 
May 29, 2020
  Flower  
Orange.  31 May 2020.  Flower 
May 31, 2020
  Flower  
More orange.  1 June 2020.  Flower 
Jun 1, 2020
  Flower  
White.  2 June 2020.  Flower 
Jun 2, 2020
  Flower  
Delicate.  3 June 2020.  Flower 
Jun 3, 2020
  Flower  
Bee season.  5 June 2020.  Flower  Garden 
Jun 5, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Purple.  6 June 2020.  Flower 
Jun 6, 2020
  Flower  
Yellow.  7 June 2020.  Flower 
Jun 7, 2020
  Flower  
Blue.  8 June 2020.  Flower 
Jun 8, 2020
  Flower  
Showy but short lived.  9 June 2020.  Flower 
Jun 9, 2020
  Flower  
Bee on white.  10 June 2020.  Flower 
Jun 10, 2020
  Flower  
Purple.  11 June 2020.  Flower 
Jun 11, 2020
  Flower  
Orange Crocosmia.  25 July 2020.  Flower 
Jul 25, 2020
  Flower  
Lavendar.  26 July 2020.  Flower  Garden 
Jul 26, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Fluffy pink.  27 July 2020.  Flower 
Jul 27, 2020
  Flower  
 
 
 
Thinking about the Unthinkable
Tue 25 Apr 2017      105vr - Flower  Travel
Thinking about the Unthinkable
     Tue 25 Apr 2017      105vr - Flower  Travel
 
 
 
Flower      
 
 
Flower      
 
 
Flower      
 
 
Paris is always a good idea. Audrey Hepburn

Should one avoid a place because it's associated with violence? And if if so, what's left? But before I look for those places that are left I've decided to revisit places I've been. (And note that I'm jumping over lots of history; this isn't comprehensive, just what comes to mind.)

I'll start with the most recent place, Bali. It's had a bombing or two recently, then prior to that battles between pro- and anti- communists, and then before that were occupations by the Japanese and before that the Dutch.

Spain. I passed through Madrid's Atocha station several times, a bomb target not long ago. I marveled at Picasso's Guernica (the fascist Franco) and read about the Inquisition.

I've ridden London's underground, which has been bombed. I've also been to Paris, Istanbul, and Nice, all sites of recent attacks. Of course there are reminders of the Nazis in much of Europe and of communist occupations in the east, such as Prague. And while in South America I saw monuments to the disappeared in Argentina and Chile. The list of places with a violent history just goes on and on.

As to the US, I lived in Boston (marathon bomber), Madison (UW bomber), and traveled to NYC (9/11) and DC (ditto).

And I can't forget Texas. Netflix recently reminded me of this act of violence when they dropped a movie about my high school friend Garth, his mom Madalyn, and his sister Robin. It's their story, most of it is in Austin, and it ends with their murders.

Also in Austin, but going back a bit, on 1 August 1966 I was with my family driving to the university when we found ourselves a mere car length from people crouching in fear of Charles Whitman's bullets raining down from the tower above. (We were shielded by a building.) A mass murder that dominated headlines at the time but now seems rather ho hum.

And, still in Texas, there was 22 November, 1963. My father was on his way home, stuck in Dallas traffic. A cool fall day, he had his windows down when he heard the distinct sounds of gunshots echo through downtown.

I'm thinking I shouldn't worry.

 
 
 
Spring Flower
Tue 9 May 2017      105vr - Flower 
Spring Flower
     Tue 9 May 2017      105vr - Flower 
 
 
 
Spring flower +      
 
 
Spring flower +      
 
 
Spring flower +      
 
 

 
 
 
Green vs Orange vs Blue
Thu 11 May 2017      105vr - Flower  Politics
Green vs Orange vs Blue
     Thu 11 May 2017      105vr - Flower  Politics
 
 
 
A flower opening +      
 
 
A flower opening +      
 
 
A flower opening +      
 
 

What is my point?

Tuesday was election day in BC. Canadian politics, of course, is such weak tea compared to the goings on down south that you've probably not heard about it. So today I'll explain and recap.

BC has three parties (with colors of green, orange, and blue) vying for control of the province, three parties so similar they'd all fit comfortably within the US Democratic party. The election started with a dissolution of the legislature. This was followed by several weeks of vigorous campaigning during which time the in-power party lavished the voters with gifts bought from a new-found pot of gold, a vote-buying attempt so blatant as to make this jaded American blush. Also during this time one of the opposition parties promised gifts from their expected-to-be-found pot of gold. Then last Tuesday we voted. Finally, the votes were counted and I volunteered to observe - scrutineer they call it - the vote count.

What did I observe, err, scrutineer? Well, I found ballot counting in BC to be a charmingly no-tech process. Each ballot is counted by hand by being placed into one of five piles, five being the number of candidates in the running. I know I mentioned three parties earlier, I should have said three major parties. As I watched the counting I couldn't help feeling appreciation for this process that lays the foundation for our system of governance. I also couldn't help thinking that this particular implementation wouldn't work in a jurisdiction with more than one contest on a ballot, such as California where my last ballot had over thirty contests.

And what are the results? At the moment it looks like no one got a majority, though we won't know for sure for something like ten or eleven days. It turns out not all votes get counted on election night and since the election was so close these uncounted votes could swing the election. And why such a delay? That is because BC allows a voter to cast a vote anywhere in the province but it has to be counted in their home precinct and the snail they use to move the ballots takes, um, a week to transit the province. Because mountains and snow I guess.

Whoever wins, BC won't change much. Both because of the closeness of the results and because the parties just aren't that different. Not that the differences aren't material - a forest here, a hydro dam there, an oil pipeline somewhere else - but because no one party seems to have all the answers. And none of them appear to be evil, like you-know-who.

Anyway, spring is here, the days are longer, the temperatures rising, and the flowers are popping out everywhere. I really like the color and details shown by this flower as it gradually unfurled its petals and opened to greet the sun.

 
 
 
Succulent
Thu 13 Jul 2017      105vr - Flower 
Succulent
     Thu 13 Jul 2017      105vr - Flower 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Succulent in bloom      
 
 
Succulent in bloom      
 
 
Succulent in bloom      
 
 
An examination of an orange flower
Wed 23 May 2018      105vr - Books - Flower 
An examination of an orange flower
     Wed 23 May 2018      105vr - Books - Flower 
 
 
 
Orange flower      
 
 
Orange flower      
 
 
Orange flower      
 
 
Speaking in full frame terms, I feel that we 'sense' in 21 mm, we 'perceive' in 28 mm, we 'see' in 35-40 mm, we 'look at' in 50 mm, and we 'examine' in 75-90 mm. Jim Simmons

I guess I'm examining this flower since it was taken at 105 mm.

I'm listening to Madame Bovary, read by Juliet Stevenson. It's one of those books I picked up just because it's a classic, it's a story I feel I know without having read it. Lolita is another book like this, and boy was the book different from my imagining of the book.

Stevenson has a wonderful voice and, fortunately for me, she has recorded many audio books. Her Mrs Dalloway, for example, is a sublime listen. It feels like it's an examination of consciousness, like a lens pointed on a character, and as the story progresses the lens moves and re-focuses, all so fluidly, as it examines one character then slides over to examine another.

 
 
 
Spring
Mon 4 Jun 2018      105vr - Flower  Garden
Spring
     Mon 4 Jun 2018      105vr - Flower  Garden
 
 
 

I do love this time of year, if only for the flowers. The very blue sage is my favorite, and it'll bloom until fall. The bright orange poppy, on the other hand, provides the briefest of shows. The fragile flowers quickly fall apart from the wind.

 
 
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Echinacea
Sat 28 Jul 2018      Flower  XF 16/1.4
Echinacea
     Sat 28 Jul 2018      Flower  XF 16/1.4
 
 
 
Echinacea      
 
 
Echinacea      
 
 
Echinacea      
 
 

 
 
 
Finally, rain
Sun 9 Sep 2018      105vr - Flower 
Finally, rain
     Sun 9 Sep 2018      105vr - Flower 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Fuchsias      
 
 
Fuchsias      
 
 
Fuchsias      
 
 
Borderline crazy
Fri 27 Mar 2020      Flower  Garden
Borderline crazy
     Fri 27 Mar 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 

U.S. won't post troops at Canadian border. The Globe and Mail, 27 March 2020

A headline I never thought I'd read. Is there a fear of Canadians escaping single-payer healthcare?

It's been a busy year 2020 has. In January Paul got a new knee courtesy of a cast of wonderful medical professionals. And just as he's ready to use that knee unassisted, after a month using assists like a walker and crutches, just as he's ready to go out we are confined by the pandemic. Admittedly we aren't suffering, all the suffering is in our heads as we read of what's going on elsewhere. like in Italy where we spent a month last fall. A perfect trip, hiking and touring Sardinia followed by an immersion into art in Venice. As we left the waters were rising, they crested just days later.

My mood is grim.

 
 
 
Spring flower      
 
 
Spring flower      
 
 
Spring flower      
 
 
Spring in the garden
Sat 25 Apr 2020      Flower  Garden
Spring in the garden
     Sat 25 Apr 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
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This Gerbera flowers no matter the season      
 
 
This Gerbera flowers no matter the season      
 
 
This Gerbera flowers no matter the season      
 
The usual: tomato, lettuce, basil, pepper, sage, cosmos      
 
 
The usual: tomato, lettuce, basil, pepper, sage, cosmos      
 
 
The usual: tomato, lettuce, basil, pepper, sage, cosmos      
 
Wild geranium up close      
 
 
Wild geranium up close      
 
 
Wild geranium up close      
 
Wild Geranium      
 
 
Wild Geranium      
 
 
Wild Geranium      
 
 

 
 
 
Orange
Sun 26 Apr 2020      Flower 
Orange
     Sun 26 Apr 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
The wallflower isn't when in bloom.      
 
 
The wallflower isn't when in bloom.      
 
 
The wallflower isn't when in bloom.      
 
 

 
 
 
Tangerine
Wed 29 Apr 2020      Flower 
Tangerine
     Wed 29 Apr 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Geum "Totally Tangerine"      
 
 
Geum "Totally Tangerine"      
 
 
Geum "Totally Tangerine"      
 
 

 
 
 
Purple
Fri 1 May 2020      Flower  Garden
Purple
     Fri 1 May 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 
Hyacinth      
 
 
Hyacinth      
 
 
Hyacinth      
 
 



 
 
 
Violet
Sat 2 May 2020      Flower  Garden
Violet
     Sat 2 May 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 
Violet      
 
 
Violet      
 
 
Violet      
 
 

 
 
 
White
Sun 3 May 2020      Flower  Garden
White
     Sun 3 May 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 
Mock Orange or Philadelphus      
 
 
Mock Orange or Philadelphus      
 
 
Mock Orange or Philadelphus      
 
 

 
 
 
Yellow and red
Tue 5 May 2020      Flower  Garden
Yellow and red
     Tue 5 May 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 
Oregon Grape      
 
 
Oregon Grape      
 
 
Oregon Grape      
 
 

 
 
 
Rhododendron
Wed 6 May 2020      Flower  Garden
Rhododendron
     Wed 6 May 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 

I seem to have taken on a flowers of the northwest theme so here's another, the common Rhododendron. Plus bee. I say they are common as they grow easily here, they like it damp and shady. They are quite showy for a short period, and as you can see the yet-to-open flower can be much deeper coloured than the open flower.

 
 
 
Rhododendron      
 
 
Rhododendron      
 
 
Rhododendron      
 
 
Yellowish
Thu 7 May 2020      Flower  Garden
Yellowish
     Thu 7 May 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 
Lewisia      
 
 
Lewisia      
 
 
Lewisia      
 
 

 
 
 
Pink Strawberry
Mon 11 May 2020      Flower  Garden
Pink Strawberry
     Mon 11 May 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 
Strawberry Toscana      
 
 
Strawberry Toscana      
 
 
Strawberry Toscana      
 
 

This strawberry variety, Toscana, is labeled as an edible ornamental strawberry. I'd grow it for the flowers alone.

 
 
 
Rhododendron season
Thu 14 May 2020      Flower  Garden
Rhododendron season
     Thu 14 May 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 
Rhododendron collage      
 
 
Rhododendron collage      
 
 
Rhododendron collage      
 
 

 
 
 
Vivid pink
Sat 16 May 2020      Flower 
Vivid pink
     Sat 16 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Rock rose      
 
 
Rock rose      
 
 
Rock rose      
 
 

 
 
 
Orange & Green
Sun 17 May 2020      Flower 
Orange & Green
     Sun 17 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Euphorbia (?)      
 
 
Euphorbia (?)      
 
 
Euphorbia (?)      
 
 

 
 
 
Pink
Mon 18 May 2020      Flower 
Pink
     Mon 18 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Columbine      
 
 
Columbine      
 
 
Columbine      
 
 

 
 
 
Yellow and red
Sat 23 May 2020      Flower 
Yellow and red
     Sat 23 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Blanketflower      
 
 
Blanketflower      
 
 
Blanketflower      
 
 

 
 
 
Purple and white
Sun 24 May 2020      Flower 
Purple and white
     Sun 24 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Columbines      
 
 
Columbines      
 
 
Columbines      
 
 

 
 
 
Deep purple
Mon 25 May 2020      Flower 
Deep purple
     Mon 25 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Columbines      
 
 
Columbines      
 
 
Columbines      
 
 

 
 
 
Silver and yellow
Tue 26 May 2020      Flower 
Silver and yellow
     Tue 26 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Succulents in bloom      
 
 
Succulents in bloom      
 
 
Succulents in bloom      
 
 

 
 
 
Purple
Wed 27 May 2020      Flower 
Purple
     Wed 27 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Purple and white flower      
 
 
Purple and white flower      
 
 
Purple and white flower      
 
 

 
 
 
Flannel yellow
Thu 28 May 2020      Flower 
Flannel yellow
     Thu 28 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Flannel bush      
The fremontia or flannel bush is a huge mass of eye-catching yellow right now. A sturdy plant, it's fast growing and drought proof but you need to stay clear of the fuzz on the leaves, branches and seeds. In other words, the whole plant.
 
 
Flannel bush      
The fremontia or flannel bush is a huge mass of eye-catching yellow right now. A sturdy plant, it's fast growing and drought proof but you need to stay clear of the fuzz on the leaves, branches and seeds. In other words, the whole plant.
 
 
Flannel bush      
The fremontia or flannel bush is a huge mass of eye-catching yellow right now. A sturdy plant, it's fast growing and drought proof but you need to stay clear of the fuzz on the leaves, branches and seeds. In other words, the whole plant.
 
 

 
 
 
Blue
Fri 29 May 2020      Flower 
Blue
     Fri 29 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Blue sage      
 
 
Blue sage      
 
 
Blue sage      
 
 

 
 
 
Orange
Sun 31 May 2020      Flower 
Orange
     Sun 31 May 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Calendula      
 
 
Calendula      
 
 
Calendula      
 
 

 
 
 
More orange
Mon 1 Jun 2020      Flower 
More orange
     Mon 1 Jun 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
California poppy      
 
 
California poppy      
 
 
California poppy      
 
 

 
 
 
White
Tue 2 Jun 2020      Flower 
White
     Tue 2 Jun 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Lily of the valley      
 
 
Lily of the valley      
 
 
Lily of the valley      
 
 

 
 
 
Delicate
Wed 3 Jun 2020      Flower 
Delicate
     Wed 3 Jun 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Dill in bloom      
 
 
Dill in bloom      
 
 
Dill in bloom      
 
 

 
 
 
Bee season
Fri 5 Jun 2020      Flower  Garden
Bee season
     Fri 5 Jun 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 
Two bees on Columbine      
 
 
Two bees on Columbine      
 
 
Two bees on Columbine      
 
 

 
 
 
Purple
Sat 6 Jun 2020      Flower 
Purple
     Sat 6 Jun 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Foxglove      
 
 
Foxglove      
 
 
Foxglove      
 
 

 
 
 
Yellow
Sun 7 Jun 2020      Flower 
Yellow
     Sun 7 Jun 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Gerbera      
 
 
Gerbera      
 
 
Gerbera      
 
 

Everything feels heightened and accelerated, including the speed with which fact overtakes fiction, and a truth can mutate into a lie. Karen Russell, Dispatches from a Pandemic, The New Yorker April 13, 2020

 
 
 
Blue
Mon 8 Jun 2020      Flower 
Blue
     Mon 8 Jun 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Some kind of wort      
 
 
Some kind of wort      
 
 
Some kind of wort      
 
 

They are lucky that what black people are looking for is equality and not revenge. Kimberly Jones

 
 
 
Showy but short lived
Tue 9 Jun 2020      Flower 
Showy but short lived
     Tue 9 Jun 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Poppies      
 
 
Poppies      
 
 
Poppies      
 
 

I haven't enjoyed a mirror since 1994. A character in "Night Boat to Tangier"

 
 
 
Bee on white
Wed 10 Jun 2020      Flower 
Bee on white
     Wed 10 Jun 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Rock rose      
 
 
Rock rose      
 
 
Rock rose      
 
 

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. John Kenneth Galbraith

 
 
 
Purple
Thu 11 Jun 2020      Flower 
Purple
     Thu 11 Jun 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Lupin      
 
 
Lupin      
 
 
Lupin      
 
 

For hundreds of years, the US had a racial quota. It was zero. Louis Menand in The New Yorker, 1/20/20

 
 
 
Orange Crocosmia
Sat 25 Jul 2020      Flower 
Orange Crocosmia
     Sat 25 Jul 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Crocosmia      
 
 
Crocosmia      
 
 
Crocosmia      
 
 

The Crocosmia flowers suddenly appear mid summer posing the question, what to photograph, a single delicate and boldly-coloured flower or a mist of ethereal orange flowers over a sea of green spiky leaves.

 
 
 
Lavendar
Sun 26 Jul 2020      Flower  Garden
Lavendar
     Sun 26 Jul 2020      Flower  Garden
 
 
 
Lavendar in bloom      
 
 
Lavendar in bloom      
 
 
Lavendar in bloom      
 
 

 
 
 
Fluffy pink
Mon 27 Jul 2020      Flower 
Fluffy pink
     Mon 27 Jul 2020      Flower 
 
 
 
Astilbe      
 
 
Astilbe      
 
 
Astilbe      
 
 

The Astilbe is one of those flowers that looks quite nice in the garden but I'm not convinced it photographs well.