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    Most of you probably know this butterfly, although perhaps by a different name. In North America, these are known as Cabbage Whites (Pieris rapae). They're common here, although not native to North America.

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    Sweet, sweet, cabbage white love:

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      And finally: a couple of little Skippers.

      This is a Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator):

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      and this is a mystery:

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      Possibly it's a Northern Broken-dash (Wallengrenia egeremet) -- but I'm not sure.


      The one species of butterfly I saw on Sunday but sadly did not capture a photograph of was the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). ETS are beautiful. But when they don't want to sit still a photograph just isn't going to happen! See here for pics of a more cooperative specimen I encountered a couple of years ago.

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        Lovely photos RD!!! First time I saw one of the Question Mark Butterflies I was in awe! They are beautifully marked. Yet again you are inspiring me to go out and identify/photograph more butterflies

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          The Question Marks are gorgeous, aren't they Trbrat75 ? Such beautiful colours on top, and their ventral sides, though dull in colour, are so intricately marked. Commas are usually much more common in my area. So I'm always excited to see that little dot that signifies a QM. (It's not the only diagnostic criteria. Wing edges are usually more scalloped in QMs than in the Eastern Comma, which is the only commonly seen variety in my area. There are other species of Commas which have more highly scalloped wing edges, but they are more northerly butterflies.)

          I am inspired by all of nature, but especially I think by butterflies and birds w.r.t. the amazing adaptations they have developed to enable them to survive as such fragile creatures in such a challenging environment.

          P.S.: At least one Lep expert from my area agrees with my Norther Broken-Dash ID for the last photo I posted. So we'll go with that for now.

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            Monday, July 19 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 453


            running: 6K in 37:12 - in town

            push/pull/press/plank: 1 minute - handstand push-ups

            yoga: day off (not enough hours in the day!)


            Workout with my mother: Day 487

            Upper Body Stretch
            Combat HIIT - Day 12
            Better Balance
            Talk to the Hand
            Hand Tendons

            Total time for w/o w. mother: 22:00

            Total workout time: 60 minutes


            Other stuff:

            6.3 km hiking

            Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 566/566
            Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 252
            GOBOT (6:30) - - 2/2
            GBOT (11:00) - - 1/2


            Year 51 Goals Tracking:

            1. 394.5/1000 km running
            2. 1401.6/3000 km total distance
            3. 9 hrs. 51 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
            4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
            5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
            6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
            7. 4/15 chapters Bird Bio course
            8. 0/100 nature journal entries with sketches
            9. 61/100 complete bird counts
            10. bird species IDed by ear: 22/100
            11. Fluenz French: 57/150 sessions
            12. French tests: TBD
            13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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              Ugh! The wildfire smoke is here.
              Kept my dogs' walks short this morning--just 1K each. And I wore a mask for the second walk.
              Hopefully we'll get enough rain this evening to clear the air, and I'll be able to run then. Until then, we are hiding out inside, very grateful to have central air.

              My dogs are grumpy because I am keeping them inside, not allowing them to go outside to play in our yard or bark at the guys who are excavating tunnels on our street for the installation of a 5G network. (This process involves multiple days of noisy work just to do one block. We can hear the machinery from several blocks away. Yesterday they started on our block, and currently they are working directly in front of our house. Fun times. But our AC is on. Our windows are closed. Things could be a lot worse!)

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                I am sort of amazed how far this smoke is spreading. We are at the edge of the chaos, so when I saw yesterday that we had a lot of smoke i was not surprised, but was surprised to see it in the forecast for southern Ontario.

                It sounds like you are managing though, though not ideal.

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                  CaptainCanuck our air quality has already improved significantly since this morning, even though we've not had any rain yet. I've read reports that the smoke was even affecting parts of Newfoundland, and spreading out over the Atlantic!

                  How are you guys doing up there now? Any improvements in air quality today?

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                    We have a cold front moving through, which has shifted the winds away from us, so we are good. Just a regular day up here, clear skies high of 23

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                      Originally posted by CaptainCanuck View Post
                      We have a cold front moving through, which has shifted the winds away from us, so we are good. Just a regular day up here, clear skies high of 23
                      Nice!

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                        Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs and your knowledge of butterflies!

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                          I'm glad you like, Mamatigerj .

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                            Tuesday, July 20 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 454


                            running: day off - too much smoke in the air

                            push/pull/press/plank: 1 minutes - handstand push-ups and handstand kick-ups

                            yoga: day off (not enough hours in the day!)


                            Workout with my mother: Day 488

                            Rotator Cuff
                            60 Days of Cardio - Day 23
                            Sore Feet
                            Wrist Pain
                            Hand Tendons

                            Total time for w/o w. mother: 29:00

                            Total workout time: 33 minutes


                            Other stuff:

                            3 km hiking

                            Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 567/567
                            Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 253
                            GOBOT (6:30) - - 3/3
                            GBOT (11:00) - - 2/3


                            Year 51 Goals Tracking:

                            1. 394.5/1000 km running
                            2. 1404.6/3000 km total distance
                            3. 9 hrs. 51 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
                            4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
                            5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
                            6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
                            7. 4/15 chapters Bird Bio course
                            8. 0/100 nature journal entries with sketches
                            9. 61/100 complete bird counts
                            10. bird species IDed by ear: 22/100
                            11. Fluenz French: 57/150 sessions
                            12. French tests: TBD
                            13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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                              Gamifying My Life - Take 2

                              My new game has been going very well for the most part. Certainly it has helped me to be more productive already and helped me to see that I really don't want to be spending so much time on the activities that had been getting in the way of my productivity in recent weeks. I have decided the rules needed tweaking a little bit, however.

                              I have been working on my handstands consistently every day, but burning through my cheese credits as quickly as I can accumulate them and still finding myself stumped for what to eat sometimes because almost everything I have on hand contains cheese. Probably my diet could be improved by learning to love more non-cheesy foods. But in the meantime I'm going to give myself a bit of a break by increasing my opportunities for earning cheese credits.

                              Conversely, I discovered that as soon as I applied a cost to playing the quick video games, I wasn't interested in playing them at all anymore. I have done a few push-ups because they were a part of yoga videos I was following, but was not motivated by my game to do any extra or to get back to my pulling work.

                              My French lessons for English television trade I think is right on the money. I became a lot more discerning concerning the quality of English programming I'm willing to watch as soon as I applied a direct cost to it. Which is what I wanted. (There has always been a direct cost, of course, in terms of the time spent I then no longer have available to spend on other things. The game just makes the cost more evident.)

                              Yoga for chocolate was working pretty well. But I think I can afford to be a wee bit more generous here.

                              I think I found a good balance of work for play in general, but I've decided to simplify this section of the game a bit.

                              My new rules are:

                              100 push-ups/5 minutes chaturanga holds >> 1 portion of cheese
                              25 pull-ups/5 minutes hanging >> 1 portion of cheese
                              5 minutes handstand work/25 handstands/25 handstand push-ups >> 1 portion of cheese (no change)

                              60 minutes yoga flow >> 1 portion of chocolate (no change)
                              30 km running >> 1 portion of chocolate

                              1 Fluenz lesson + 2 DB check-ins >> 1 episode (max 1 hr.) English television (no change)

                              1 chapter of ornithology course + (1 letter or 5 DB check-ins) >> 1 hour any solo sedentary leisure activity of my choice
                              5 nature journal entries + (1 letter or 5 DB check-ins) >> 1 hour any solo sedentary leisure activity of my choice
                              5 hours artwork + (1 letter or 5 DB check-ins) >> 1 hour any solo sedentary leisure activity of my choice


                              I've been resisting adding any additional items to my daily streak tracking because I do a lot of different things and cannot possibly do all of them every day. But I think I really need to be working on my artwork daily. So I'm going to start tracking that again, with a goal to do a minimum of 15 minutes per day drawing and/or painting. I'm also going to commit to working on my birding skills daily, whether that's field practice or studying with online/recorded/printed materials. Again a minimum of 15 minutes per day. (I may not get both streaks started today, since it's already late in the evening, and I still have other things I need to accomplish hopefully before GBOT. But I would like to start both streaks by tomorrow at the latest.) I'm thinking I will add some kind of game reward for every 100 days I achieve of any streak. I have not decided what these will be yet. (I'm on day 455 for workouts and 254 for French study at the moment. So I have some time yet to figure this bit out.)

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                                Awesome stuff you have going, really happy the game is working for you!

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