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Friday, May 25, 2018

Chilcotin Summer© - Yeah - Its Summer!

This second image will open an entirely new slide show / video of a Chilcotin Summer©.
For all of my videos, I recommend
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I just wanted to get this up to remind everyone to celebrate my birthday on July 26th.

Thank you for watching.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chilcotin Winter

Where Does All That Water Come From? - Click Image

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Some Is From The Bridge River, South Chilcotin Mountains

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Rhododendrons, Almost Spring in Lynn Valley >> Sound On >> Best viewed Full Screen >> Darkened Room

Wikipedia Reference: 

Rhododendron - Wikipedia

On the hunt for pollinators and their predators.
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Yeah! Although I didn't really tell many that I won an award for best videography last year, my Virtual Toastmasters Club found out about it, and congratulated me, anyway.

Smoke from forest fires moving into the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Metro Vancouver and Victoria.

This award is appreciated.  It is nice to win awards, again; even if it is one of the shortest (46 seconds) videos that I have ever produced.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Rhododendron Rhapsody© 2017 - On the hunt for pollinators and their pred...

Rhododendron Rhapsody© (2017) - On the hunt for pollinators and their predators.
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Posted on: Stan G. Webb - In Retirement ® © TM - On the hunt for flower and plant pollinators and their predators. You will also find more at  []

Published on Jun 17, 2017
There are two related Photograph Albums:
Rhododendrons 1
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Rhododendrons 2
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Lovely to look at, but remember that these are poisonous plants* -- do not allow children, pets or yourself ingest any of part of the azaleas or rhododendrons.
*The Full Story
One of the earliest accounts of mass poisoning dates back to the first century BCE when Roman troops were allegedly poisoned with honey by the Heptakometes of Turkey.  The Roman soldiers were reported to be confused and vomiting and subsequently defeated in battle after eating the honey's Grayanotoxins.  We now believe that they were given honey made from the nectar of the
flowering Rhododendron luteum.
The Music: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor, S.244/2, is the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by composer Franz Lisztand is by far the most famous of the set.  Sergei Rachmaninoff playing The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, recorded in 1919 by Edison Records

In both the original piano solo form and in the orchestrated version this composition has enjoyed widespread use in animated cartoons. Its themes have also served as the basis of several popular songs.

Google Images for rhododendron varieties  

Rhododendron /ˌroʊdəˈdɛndrən is a genus of 1,024 species of woody plants in the heath family (Ericaceae), either evergreen or deciduous, and found throughout the world.

You will find more of my Macrophotography Flower and Plant Studies - On the hunt for pollinators and their predators at: -

Four of my favorites are:
  1. An Orange & Wet Day []
  2. Honeysuckle & Lilacs - On the Hunt for Day and Night Pollinators & Grazers, A Photographic Study in the Rain []
  3. Passion Flowers at Dusk [] - You will notice that some of the photographs in this photo study are quite dim. It was getting dark and I was hoping to catch some of the night pollinators: ants, bats, moths etc. and I did not want bright light to scare them away.
  4. Spring Rhapsody – A Photographic Study and Slideshow []

Thank you for your kind attention.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Cherry Blossoms - Japanese Cherry Blossoms in the Rain On the first full day of Spring.

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(Total Video length 6:31 minutes, music starts 24 seconds in from the start of the video).

Photographs and Videographs taken on the first full day of Spring in North Vancouver, Canada
March 20, 2016 by Stan G. Webb© - In retirement.
  • Thank you to all the members, gardeners, volunteers, staff and others who helped make this place so beautiful.
  • Chatting with my photograph for this clip, Andrea. In the Rain and under the cherry tree, with petals falling like snowflakes all around us. (Music dubbed over our voices.)
  • Today my photography and videography were taken at 14th Street & Saint Andrews Avenue in the City of North Vancouver BC and were inspired by Constance
  • To Frank and all of my family and friends past and present
  • At
  • Evergreen House
  • Kiwanis Long-term Care Facility
  • Margaret Fulton Centre, and elsewhere all around
  • Lions Hospital
  • Don’t you hate people who use big words just to make themselves look perspicacious? - From my collection of Gallows Humour and Sarcastic Jokes
  • Music - Guitar Loop in D-MAJOR (B-Minor) by MINOR2GO via looperman 21st March, 2016 Guitars Unlimited - A New Life 1
  • Thank you to all of the doctors, nurses and staff who took such wonderful care of me while I was recovering from that broken right leg on the 3rd floor of Evergreen House (November, 2008 - January, 2009) (then called the Transitional Care Unit) of Lions Gate Hospital. I especially appreciated and fondly remember the visit by Dr. Santa and his Santa's Helpers. Thank you for the Santa's Elf doll, which I still proudly display on my bookcase. And, to Elizabeth, who was especially kind while I was hospitalized for that nine weeks. She also took the time to pin up all of my Christmas Cards on my bedside corkboard. And to my family, who visited often and stood beside me and helped when I needed it most. To Drs. Hudon, Schwarz and Zarkadeds and my friends: Len, Leo, Lynda and Dave and Santa Hank and others who came by to visit. Thank you, as well, to the homemakers who helped for next the five months, while I was at home, continuing my physical rehabitation. And, to Kiley, for all of the physical rehabilitation help.
  • Thank you for watching. You are most gracious with your time.
  • Please stand by one more minute. We're coming up to The End
  • With the backlight shining through the translucent cherry blossom petals this is so very, very beautiful. The End, next.
  • Coming as they do, here in the Northern Hemisphere, at the end of winter and the first days of spring, I think that Japanese Cherry Blossoms are one of the most beautiful sights in our world. (Images) (Sakura - Cherry blooming forecast (date of first bloom), as of 23-Mar, in the 2016 Season in Japan). The March Vernal or Spring Equinox in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 PM Pacific Daylight Savings Time, so the first full day of Spring was on March 20, 2016 (The March Equinox in Universal Coordinated Time was on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 04:30 UTC). This March, 2016 equinox signals the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere – the earliest spring since 1896 – and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It marks that special moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator going from south to north. In 2016, this equinox arrives on March 20 at 4:30 UTC, or on March 19 at 11:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Here’s what we in the Northern Hemisphere know about this equinox. Our sunrise is earlier now, and nightfall comes later. Plants are sprouting. Winds are softening. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, people are enjoying the warmer days of spring. Meanwhile, south of the equator, autumn begins.
  • The End
I am voluntarily doing this work, mostly, for my shut-in friends and those in hospital suffering from emotional, mental and/or physical disabilities. Some suffer from Alzheimer's disease, Cancer, Dementia, and Geriatric and Palliative Conditions, including Parkinson's Disease, Brain and nervous system problems are common. These neurological disorders include multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's Disease, epilepsy, and stroke, and can affect memory and the ability to perform daily activities.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bumblebees, Crocus & Saffron - My Ongoing Search for Insect Pollinators & Herbivores

In Memoriam to my friend, Gordon Rogers, who died Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Bumblebees, Crocus & Saffron - My Ongoing Search for Insect Pollinators & Herbivores
Thank you for watching. You have been extremely gracious with your time.
Stan G. Webb© - In retirement.

February 8, 2016 - My Ongoing Search for Insect Pollinators & Herbivores
Bumblebees, Crocus and Saffron albeit, I am uncertain whether this is the exact saffron crocus, described in Wikipedia. Jump to Species - About 30 of the species are cultivated, including Crocus sativus for saffron production. The varieties cultivated for decoration mainly represent five species: C. vernus, C. chrysanthus, C. flavus, C. sieberi, and C. tommasinianus. Among the first flowers to bloom in spring, crocuses are popular with gardeners. Unknown in the wild, probably descends from Crocus cartwrightianus, which originated in Crete;[8] C. thomasii and C. pallasii are other possible precursors.[9][10]

I took my photographs and videographs on February 8, 2016, and only now am re-posting on July 19, 2016.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Secrets of Old Age

Evelyn ~ Thank you for sharing this.
(4:41 minute YouTube Video)
Uploaded on Jan 7, 2011
Created by: Michelle Sherliza, OP
Music: Instrumental - Starry Night
My Comment to the original author:
Thank you for this.
I'm posting it on my personal blog / website. Stan G. Webb© - In retirement [].”

Followers and readers: If you liked this, please comment on her YouTube channel. This took a lot of knowledge and hard work. I'm hoping she will do more of these.

Other Words of Wisdom:
Spend more time alone with your thoughts, because the presence of others can inhibit your creativity. Spend time with just your thoughts—distracted by neither other people or technology—and your ideas will be unfettered.” ~ Isaac Asimov

Personally, my favourite book written by Isaac Asimov is “An Intelligent Man's Guide to Science” a general guide to the sciences written by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in 1960, so it is now a little out of date. However, a subsequent version: “The new intelligent man's guide to science Hardcover – Jan 1 1965” is still available from Amazon.
Isaac Asimov (/ˈaɪzɨk ˈæzɨmɒv/;[2] born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov; circa January 2, 1920[1] – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was prolific and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards.[3] His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.[4]. I remember reading once that, since personal computers had not been available, he wrote (typed everything on IBM, then Selectric typewriters ~ and that he was so prolific he wore out 10, which he keep lining a shelf in. Towards the end of his career, IBM simply gave him those typewriters. I’m not alone in my love for the Selectric typewriter.  According to IBM’s website, “Renowned writers who have depended on the Selectric include Hunter S. Thompson, John Irving, Isaac Asimov, David Mamet, Katherine Anne Porter, James Merrill, Ralph Ellison, Philip K. Dick and David Sedaris, among others.”  People have loved and used the Selectric for decades!  What a great machine! - See more at:
Isaac Asimov Home Page. Here you'll find a comprehensive collection of resources pertaining to Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), the quintessential author, who in his lifetime wrote over 500 books that enlightened, entertained, and spanned the realm of human knowledge.
Like the character Sheldon (played by Jim Parsons), on the TV series “The Big Bang Theory” it is thought by many the Asimov had an eidetic memory (ie: sometimes called a photographic memory.) Asimov was a long-time member and vice president of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly;[9] he described some members of that organization as "brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs".[10] He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association.[11] The asteroid 5020 Asimov, a crater on the planet Mars,[12] a Brooklyn, New York City elementary school, and three distinct awards have been named for writer, chemist, and humanist Isaac Asimov. Three distinct awards have been named for writer, chemist, and humanist Isaac Asimov:
~ and, more From Wikipedia