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Robyn Peters
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Attended Simon Fraser University
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A super night for a super moon

I went down to the estuary again this evening to see the pelicans and the #supermoon  This time, I didn't catch any terns diving, but I did get spend some nice time watching an egret spear-fishing.  The marine layer moved in, but only obscured the first few minutes of the moonrise.
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Off to Work

I just renewed my membership to #filoli  gardens, and have been trying to get my money's worth by wandering the gardens in the mornings, while the kids are either sleeping in or heading to camp.  It's scenic, fragrant, and helps me get in my 10,000 steps.  As a bonus, the many species of bees seem to enjoy having their portraits taken.  

I'm enjoying playing along with #floralfriday  and would like to thank the curators, +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman and +Kiki Nelson for facilitating this great blast of colour in my stream each week.
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There's no nerd like a music nerd. :)
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A weed or a wish

Some see a weed.  Some see a wish.  It's all how you look at it.  And I've had fun these last two weeks looking at things with the 10.5mm f/2.8 fish eye that I rented from +BorrowLenses.com   
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Yellow on Thursday

Well, it's not a bulldozer, and it's not outside, and it's not connected to sluglike invaders in any way shape or form, but it's my shot at #yellowonthursday  to give +Meirav M. a little chuckle.

Here's Jewel, my surprisingly yellow bird, visiting the second grade class for the last time of their school year.  And here's my rented 10.5mm f/2.8 lens making the room look all trippy. A little more overt processing on this shot, so that I can make the kids less recognizable.
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ooh, lovely and trippy indeed!
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Trippy Chickens

I'm such a sucker for a sale.  So when I got two emails from +BorrowLenses.com with deals in them, I couldn't resist.  First, THREE FREE DAYS if your rental needs to be returned on July 4th.  Second, the famous Deal Of The Week.  Or in my case, Deal of the Weak.  Because I couldn't resist the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8.  And could you?  25% off AND three free days?  Picked that sucker up yesterday morning, and haven't taken it off my camera.

Went straight off to take the final AFTER photos at one of the Rebuilding Together sites I photographed this spring.  So easy to get the entire project in one photo when you've got that wide angle.  And so easy to laugh like a loon when you take the lens into the chicken coop while carrying a big bag of dried mealworms...

It' true, +Kirk Jordan  this is a very versatile lens, and the entertainment value is just increasing daily.  I might have trouble giving it back.
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I actually "see" in wide angle.   This is well done.  You must have been extra close to these fellas.
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Yellow Slugmarine

I see that +Meirav M. is posting some pretty-flower yellowy goodness over on #yellowonthursday  and thought I'd toss a slug into the mix.  As one does when one thinks of Vogons.
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hahaha... awesome interpretation of the Vogon thing :-D love it! (and I've never seen such a colourful slug! how cool!)
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The other sure sign of spring in the Okanagan

While I was up visiting my parents for my grandmother's 100th birthday, we did a hike looking for wild flowers.  I've been away for far too many springs (we often visit during the summer, or at Christmas) apparently, and completely forgot that other  'harbinger of spring'...  I should watch where I put my feet...  I won't be making that mistake again soon.
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Curlew at Sunset

I went down to the estuary yesterday, hoping to get some good super-moon shots.  It was windier than stink, though, and the whole place smelled like the secret porta-potty graveyard. With eyes watering, and lens wiggling, I may not have taken epic shots, but I did get my extra 5,000 steps in, and there were some lovely shore-bird antics to watch.  I'm going back tonight to try to get better shots of the Forsters Terns diving for their dinner.  And maybe the white pelicans will be closer to shore.
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Waw nice
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The smell of fear

Yup.  Nat Rattler's definitely tasting the fear in the air.  Even when I give him a wide, wide berth, I'm still a little adrenaline-laced.  I just wish I'd caught him when his tongue was fully extended... but then I would've had to stand still, and I was dancing backwards at a pretty quick pace at this point.
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Yes, Emily, it's a rattlesnake.  They're pretty common in the wild spaces around our neighborhood.  This guy is a big old venerable citizen of the hills, and he's usually sitting quietly as we walk by.  He's very good at his job, and often sports several bumps in his svelte length.  Most folks hike or bike by him on the trail and never notice he's there.  But because I know where he lives, I bring a (very) long lens, and take his portrait every chance I can as I walk by, giving him a very wide berth.  (or I turn back, if he's actually out on the path.  You don't want to rattle a rattler) I've seen him get disturbed by bikers or hikers with dogs that pass by his den, and his usual M.O. is to turn around and slide back quietly into his underground lair.
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When a wide angle lens just won't do...

While we do live in Silicon Valley Suburbia, there is still the chance for wildlife encounters.  This guy has a home along the path that I hike many mornings.  I've learned to give him a wide berth, and we exchange wary glances on our morning constitutionals.  Although I've been enjoying the rental of a 10.5mm f/2.8 lens lately, I only visit Nat Rattler with my 200mm.  And if I had a 1.4x converter, I might add that, too.  But until then, I tip my hat, and tip-toe past his little part of the path.
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Fortunately the one I almost stepped on had an easy escape - he rattled warning then high-tailed it down a hole. I did not wait to see when he would come  out.
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A moment of silence please.

After 226, 548 flawless shutter actuations, my trusty D-90 has given up the ghost, and has been carried on angel wings off to Camera Heaven.  Good timing, I must say.  I just finished up a few critical jobs, and I don't have another gig where I have to use my own gear until the middle of next week.  But I'm still kind of melancholy.  ALL my #scavengerhunt  photos were taken with this guy.  Hopefully, I'll have a successor in my hands in the next week, and will know my way around it before the next hunt.
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May it RIP - but yay!  new toys!!!  ;)
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Princeton, BC - Vancouver, BC - Montreal, QC - Prince Rupert, BC - Lytton, BC - Port Moody, BC
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My kids say I take too many photos. I tell them it's their 'inheritance'.
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Canadian ex-pat.  'Retired' biochemist.  Amateur photographer, professional misplacer of important things.

I'm a Google+ photographer junkie.  You guys are just so inspiring!  Every photo that shows up in my stream gives me pause, and makes me want to go out and get better at this craft.
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One of my kids weighed 12+ pounds at birth. Not overdue. Not gestational diabetes. NOT a C-section.
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  • Simon Fraser University
    Biology, 1989
  • BC Institute of Technology
    Food/Agriculture, 1985
  • Northwest Baptist Theological College
    Music/Theology, 1983
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Robyn Hutchinson (once upon a time)