Liquid

Illusions in Norway.

World-schooling my boys was paused as the fjord slicked off, the pollen settled and the sea monster across the way surfaced.

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Prolific

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Lorikeets are always looking for love and taking care of each other.

In Australia we saw a few here and there.  Maybe three or four in a tree.  They seem to always be paired up.

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Then we hit the motherload at a campground in Queensland.  They had a feeding station and it was total mayhem!

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What was a few in the trees chatting to one another turned into at least 30 in an instant.  They came from thick bush and tall eucalyptus trees.  Zipping by our heads to get their beaks on a bit of soaked bread.

Later that week, in another town, we heard the same commotion as we exited a grocery store at dusk.  In the trees around the parking lot there were around a hundred lorikeets.

These fellas really are prolific.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Prolific

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Waypoints

Rusty, a 3-year-old male Irish Terrier marking his Denmark territory.  Waypoints on our walking routes, it you will.  I keep telling him he’s been there and that it’s his pee but he has so much energy he doesn’t mind being thorough.

Yup, I took a picture of his ‘waypoint’.

I can’t blame him though, I like going back to a favorite spot too.  I only ran him out of pee once.  He has what seems to be a 5 gallon tank.  He will mark 75 waypoints on a 30 minute walk.

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Now I haven’t been marking territory quite like Rusty but I have placed a few waypoints of my own.  Mostly because I don’t have the memory I used to.  In fact, I can’t remember ever having a good memory.  My wife, as some of you know, can remember what the weather was like on a certain day 17 years ago.

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Denmark was a black and white landscape that occasionally showed purple and violet.  I am grateful for the hospitality of the new friends we met there.  (Thanks Ib, Anne, and all the Denmark family)

Anyway, where was I?  Oh crap… Yes, I’ve marked major waypoints on this map link Gurr World Map Waypoints showing where we have been.  More stops to come!  The map is interactive so you can zoom in and around.  We started our trip going west from Portland.

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I’ll keep blogging.   Be sure to follow along.

Rise/Set

As a Chef Instructor and a turkey hunter I am very used to the early rise.  In last week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge/ Favorite Place I posted a number of good rises taken from one location.  I’ll still post a few rises for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge Rise/set but I’ll try to focus on the sets.

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Ok, one more…

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Through the palms

And this…

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I do love chasing daylight and I’ll pull the boys out of bed at stupid early O’clock and look that rath right in the face to catch a good rise.

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It never occurred to me that I would take a photo of the solar eclipse projected on the shadow of my brimmed hat.  The midday sunset blew my mind.

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I’d rather be….

I’m a champion for the be here and now mindset.  Folks also tell me that I have an amazing amount of patience.

That said, I can find interest in almost any location but I often find myself wanting to return to past places or activities.

This WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  is a doozy.   I have challenged myself to choose only one.

Driving in the a rig that will never quit, looking for critters.

72 Scout II currently resting my parent’s back yard eagerly awaiting my return.

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Danish pheasants seem more relaxed (hygge) and A little less camera-shy.

Wired

Coffee, Powerlines and other Stimuli:

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Up for a cup?  Always.  I’m ALWAYS up for a cup of joe.  I’ll have it in all forms.  Hot, cold, was hot, mocha, latte, just a shot, whatever it is… yes please, I’m a junkie.

Traveling and on a lean budget leads to a lot of instant coffee.  At times you only have a kettle and a 7-11.  I’ve dug old espresso makers out of the back of cupboards and brought them back to life.  I need my fix…

I have searched for a good instant blend and maybe I have just gotten used to them rather than think they are good.  “Acceptable” is common.

But when the price is right I find the local joe.

Bali and other places seem to put what I call weasel coffee (Luwak in Bali) on a high pedestal.  Like lobster of the seafood category,  This coffee is harvested after passing through a mongoose, roasted and priced accordingly.   dsc02068

Yes, you can taste the difference between male and female brew.  Enough of that crap.  Let’s talk about Vietnam.

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Vietnam offered, and I couldn’t turn down, cà phê sữa nong.  Slow pour over espresso with condensed milk.  Small but powerful.

Just yesterday I had a beautiful Coffee Coa in Denmark.  A shot of espresso and a piece of chocolate melted into it.  Hygge in a cup.   There is no photographic evidence of the actual cup but this one came close.  It’s a cappuccino in a red cafe with candles on every table.  Lovely and 25 Krone.

Ok enough coffee. What is up with the electricians in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand?  Is there a contest I’m missing?

There are lines laying on the ground and hanging low across sidewalks in Da Nang begging the question, “It that hot?”.  I didn’t stick around to find out.

Code? What Code?  I’m not an electrician but I do know this wouldn’t fly in my neighborhood.

 

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Other stimuli: Pull tab Beers.