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

The Courage and Resilience of Birds

This gallery contains 2 photos. A LOL moment: neither plump, pregnant, about to take a dump, nor wearing a muumuu, this young Golden-Crowned Sparrow doesn’t mind slouching on the pear tree. These chunky birds are our third most common visitors in the winter and fall. Photographed on an unseasonably warm January 25 afternoon.


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A Symphony of Hooded Mergansers

This gallery contains 3 photos. There’s lots to be admired when you’re a Hooded Merganser. Crests are your specialty, whether you’re the male or the female. The ladies have lovely cinnamon crests, and the gentlemen inflatable black-and-white numbers complemented by a one-size-fits-all black tux for all seasons with a swath of reddish brown on their sides.


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(Early) Return of the Tree Swallows

This gallery contains 5 photos. We spotted no fewer than 20 Tree Swallows on the outskirts of Iona Beach Regional Park on March 8. These beautiful and very approachable little birds (I’m 5-6 feet away) afforded me many opportunities and time to photograph them — some 450+ photos and over an hour spent in one location.


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