Blue Tailed Emerald Hummingbird nesting in a palm tree

blue tailed emerald hummingbird female nesting curacao
She is a Blue Tailed Emerald Hummingbird – Chlorostilbon mellisugus – nesting in a palm tree next to the ‘people’ pool we were hanging at while in Curacao. Within her nest are 2 incredibly small eggs, and the nest itself is a mere two inches in height. I’m not as close to the hummingbird as it appears, using a zoom lens so as not to disturb.

The real Mojito cocktail challenge and recipe: Which Curacao restaurant has the best drink?

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Ah, the Mojito cocktail! Refreshing, citrus sweet, and minty all at the same time. What is there not to love? I did the Mojito challenge while in Curacao over the holidays and the winning restaurant is Shelterrock Paradise, followed by the Marriott Beach Resort, and… pictured here Restaurant & Cafe Gouverneur in third. The Mojito, a traditional Cuban highball is made with 1.5 oz white rum, 2 tsp white sugar, soda water, 1 oz lime juice and fresh mint leaves served in a Collins glass. The art is getting the proportions right and in the right size glass with not too much ice. Are you thirsty?

Big Ben clock tower, also known as the Great Bell at the north end of Palace of Westminster, London England

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Thank you to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for vacationing on Vancouver Island this holiday… and a huge black eye to the British press for continually bullying this family, including today with their decision to take a new and modern approach to living as Royalty.  I am confident we Canadians will welcome Prince Harry and Meghan and will leave them alone to enjoy life in this country.  This is a picture of Big Ben clock tower, also known as the Great Bell at the North end of Palace of Westminster, London England, taken summer of 2016.

Someone’s Very Merry Christmas House In Mississauga

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Merry Christmas and best wishes to your family and friends. I tried to get the natural elegance of this house to come through, and not sure the picture does it full justice. Light snow and low clouds are providing the nice glow. And kind of wish I could pull that telephone pole out… but maybe that’s what helps make this house feel ‘real’ in the neighborhood.

Vancouver’s Granville Island and Bridges Restaurant from Burrard Street Bridge

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While in Vancouver for work late September, was able to find time for an afternoon walk along the board walk and partway across the Burrard Street Bridge for this picture. We are looking into False Creek, Granville Island and the (famous?) Bridges restaurant painted yellow. Vancouver is a pretty sweet city to visit, particularly on days like this with the fresh ocean air.

Johnny Reid My Kind Of Christmas Tour In St. Catharines

johnny reid my kind of christmas tour st catharines
Fantastic performance by Johnny Reid this past week in St. Catharines, singing only Christmas songs from his ‘My Kind of Christmas’ tour. This was my first introduction to Johnny Reid and will say he did not disappoint. More than any singer I’ve seen – ok similar to Sarah McLachlan – he has a way of involving the audience that makes you feel part of the show. Guess it helps there were a cozy 3,500 people in the arena 🙂

Atlanta Braves’ Chop House baseball field seen from Omni Hotel at the Battery district

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Looking into the Atlanta Braves baseball field, known as the Chop House, from the Omni Hotel in the Battery district of Atlanta.  Its the end of October in this picture, and into the World Series featuring the Astros and Nationals.  The Braves last played September 29. The ballpark looks fantastic and ready for another game.  Kind of wish our SkyDome/Rogers Centre had this feel!

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