WordPress and the LeetSpeak Connection

My 1337 Likes Trophy

(hip hip huzzar!)

Getting WordPress trophies for Likes and Follows is like the icing on a slice of New York cheesecake. It’s a pat on the back. A digital cheerleader that motivates you to keep up the good work, and encourages you to continue blogging your heart (and thoughts) out in the most eloquent way you can, whether that’s with words, images or both.

Today, I was given this interesting WordPress notification and trophy: “Congratulations on getting 1337 total likes on SIM | ANTICS.” At this point, I’d like to interject with a sanitized Wth? remark (which, translated into French, approximates “Quoi?”) Continue reading

Of Damps, Darks, and Decays: Mushroom Mania

This gallery contains 7 photos. With its many trees, Burns Bog is an ideal breeding ground for mushrooms (over 550 species as per its interpretive signage) at any time of the year, but particularly in the autumn, like shelf/bracket fungi which carve large “steps” in dead trees. This one–which looks like a hat–was spotted deep in the forest where little light falls, and taken with flash. Note the “condensation” on the rim of the cap. Photographed on a dazzlingly sunny but cold November 10.

Orange-Yellow-Shelf-Fungi

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Wildlife Up Close: Ostrich

This gallery contains 2 photos. A head/profile shot of the biggest extant bird in the world, taken with my long lens. Everything about this bird is big: including its egg, beak, eye, feet, and feathers. It’s also the fastest bird on land, although we (thankfully) did not see it tearing around at 70 km/h. The ostrich enclosure was located just beside the bleachers for the raptor show.

flamingo at the Greater Vancouver Zoo

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