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This bird is OK

When I first saw this bird, I thought it was dead. But no, it flew away a short while later. It’s exhibiting a behavior known as “anting”, where a bird spreads out like this near an ant nest. The ants come and carry away parasites from the bird’s feathers, and everybody is happier.

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Summer cocktail

Handful of fresh raspberries from the garden. Leaves from a small sprig of thyme, also from the garden. Juice of half a leftover lemon. 1 oz. St. Germain. 2 oz. mezcal. Pinch of salt. Muddle thoroughly, then shake hard with ice until very cold. Twist of lemon peel. This is the best experimental cocktail I’ve made so far in Covid-times.

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Ducky

Lis and I want canoeing on the Charles today. We figured, what better way to be out but distant from others than in a boat? And there were ducks.

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Different

This is a different quart of raspberries than the one Lis posted yesterday. Those were picked yesterday, and these were picked today.

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No…

No, this beer doesn’t make me feel less manly at all. Why do you ask?

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Not a Statue

Seen on our walk today: this little chipmunk posing perfectly, still as a stone.

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Bellflowers

Straight out of my real camera in the middle, flanked by two effects from Photoshop Camera on my phone. I like each one individually, but I like the compilation even more. You’ll definitely want to click through to see the full-size version.

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FOGO

How appropriate. I ordered lump charcoal online partly for convenience, but partly due to Fear Of Going Out.

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Coconut, kale, chicken, cherries

This was a nice dinner for a warm summer evening. Coconut, kale, chicken, cherries, … and fried wonton skins. Sorry that’s not alliterative.

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Bird Bath Battle

We had quite the goings-on at the bird bath today as four birds squared off for dominance.

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