Happy Christmas, Fun-filled Festive Season and have a Wonderful New Year in 2014

Gentlemen and Ladies: If you cannot see a reindeer, large cocktail glass firmly gripped in it's hoof, with the drink splashing out, then  it is time to take it easy... slow down... kick back....look at it upside down.... articulate your wonder
 like a songbird, and then pass it on with a knowing comment and artful chuckle.  

Copyright  guy menendez

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Appendum - Now here it is with an outline to help you see the cartoon reindeer: Apparently it is not that common to see cartoon characters around you in the world when sober and straight, which I was when taking the original photo. 

 
 
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October 29: At this time of year the sun rises over the ocean with islands and the distant mountains visible if the air is clear. The pre-dawn light cast light shadows from behind the mountains, seemingly like a volcanic plumes, and then the sun finally rose. 

Turning around and heading upslope a bit at an angle, there was a squirrel sat still on the stump of an Arbutus tree, bathing in the red light of the rising sun. Once the squirrel had decided to move on, I took a photo of the trees: one can see the stump, but squirrel-less. 

Later my eldest daughter commented that it was "Squirrel Movie with Popcorn". 

About the subjects: 
There are two kinds of native squirrels in southern BC: the Red Squirrel with rusty-red fur and a white front, and the Douglas Squirrel with reddish-brown fur and a yellowish breast. This looks like a Red Squirrel. As for the mushroom it was eating, squirrels can apparently eat mushrooms that are toxic to many other animals, including the deadly members of the Amanitas.

The Garry Oak Ecosystem (the Garry Oak / Douglas Fir stand of trees): East Vancouver Island is home to this special forest mosaic which represents one of the richest ecosystems in BC. There are many photos of gnarly Garry Oaks elsewhere in this website.
 
And as for the dawn sunrise, that is the Salish Sea - encompassing the Strait of Georgia and south to Puget Sound - spotted with the Southern Gulf and San Juan Islands, with the drama of Mt Baker - part of the Northern Cascades - in the distance.  



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Well, even though the web is full of cat videos and pictures, how can I resist posting this one of Mr Pepper, who is reclining with a degree of confidence and casual expectation that is quite staggering, were he human. Right on, kitty.
 
 
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Other than during the Aurora Borealis  it is rare to see green in the sky. An old memory I still have is of being called a liar by my teacher in front of the whole class, because I claimed to have seen green in a sunset. 

Well, here we have it, a belated 38 or so years ago. As sunlight hits high cloud at a low angle (just before sunset in this case) the ice crystals refract the light into the colours of the rainbow, and here we have green visible along with some other colours.

This effect is fleeting and easy to miss but I just happened to be cloud watching, as one does sometimes.

 
 
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As one of the most road-accessable areas of old growth forest on Vancouver Island, Cathedral Grove has lots of visitors, and therefore need of toilet facilties. The setting is so magnificent, the roof should have been made see-through, to allow a good view of the giant 800 year old Douglas Fir trees.

 
 
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