Ladies, gentlemen and everyone, I give you the one, the only, the Oscar nominated, Epeira Diadema! (Epeira is the spider of course, don't mind the napping dog in the background)
You read it right, the common Cross Orbweaver was the star of a 1952 short film by Italian director Alberto Ancilotto - "Epeira Diadema" was nominated for an Oscar in 1953.
Believe it or not, she was also elected European Spider of the Year in 2010. #fact Spider Awards are a thing.
You have likely met her before, as she is one of the most well-known spiders in the world; in North America, she is seen everywhere, hanging upside down in the center of her web: from #Pennsylvania north throughout #NewEngland , throughout #Canada , and then south into #Washington , #Oregon and #California . .
In the #PNW autumns, she is said to be as common as clouds... Well, the next time you will see her, you will be aware that
1- She is so #famous , the decorative spiders hung around for Halloween are modelled after the likes of her!
2- She got her nickname, Cross Orbweaver, from the pattern on her back; yet she will respond to many names, including Araneus diadematus/Diadem spider, European garden spider, Epeira Diademata, or #Gartenkreuzspinne .
3- Come the evening, she will eat her web to recycle it in the morning #RRR She was also seen eating her precious silks before a storm.
4- Her bite is merely unpleasant.
Yesterday on Saturna Island, we met with the Polar Prince, who left Toronto on June 1st, 2017, and sailed to the West Coast (#bestcoast ) through the Northwest Passage. .
Her Majesty's 150 days epic journey as Canada C3, conducting research while connecting Canadians from coast to coast to coast, will end in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, on october 28th. We felt lucky to catch a glimpse of her as she was #islandhopping in the Gulf and made a stop on Saturna.
It was, in fact, more than a glimpse: as Jolie waited on the dock, collecting pets from everyone, C3 welcommed us on board. We heard about the ship, the trip, the pizzlis and the whales.
Yesterday ended up being a big day of coffee, Baileys and education - getting to walk in the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Legacy room and stand on the vessel's vintage deck were definately the highlights. #imthecaptainnow#feelingroyal .
Before being awoken from retirement by the @canadac3 project, MV Polar Prince was a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker and went by the name CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert. Who can tell where, on the boat, is the icebreaker? #trivia .
In fact, the boat IS the icebreaker. She is a very heavy ship, and she wears all her 960 tons down low #deadweight . When she encounters ice, she slowly slides above it, and her sheer weight breaks it. #learnsomethingneweveryday#heavy#bigboned#royalhighness#soRed
Playing Dog-Kebab in our new favorite Lake. #vancouverlife
Trout Lake is the heart of our local park, John Hendry Park, and at the north end of the lake are 26,000 square meters for dogs off-leash #merriments .
What is now a very large dog pool and East Van's only beach used to be a natural peat bog lake fed by many streams and home to abundant salmon, beaver and.. trout, hence the name, I guess.
In June 1867 on the south shore of Burrard Inlet, Captain Edward Stamp (who once captained a Ship called Emeu #funfact ) began Vancouver's first commercial operation: Stamp's sawmill, which soon became Hastings Mill. .
It was Trout Lake's waters that fed the mill's steam-driven machinery, and #Hastings Mill is said to be "the nucleus around which the city of Vancouver grew up in the 1880s" and remained important to the local economy until it closed in 1928. .
John Hendry became co-owner of the mill in 1889, and Hendry’s daughter married Eric W. Hamber, one of the previous Lt. Governor’s of British Columbia. In 1926, the Hambers donated part of their land at the Trout Lake site to the Vancouver Park Board under the condition that it be called “John Hendry Park”
Where are they now?
The mill was dismantled in 1927. .
The mill office – an 1895 show home – was donated to the Anglican Church and turned into a Seafarers mission which it remains until this day; .
The building that housed the Hastings Mill Store was transported by barge to the foot of Alma Street to begin a new life as the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum; .
And Trout lake stayed here, on Victoria drive, one of the 8 off-leash parks in East Van. #UnleashedVancouver#historybits#Vancouver#Vancouverdogs#YVR#historicallysignificant#puddles#dogkebab#dogdays#pawday#happytails#bernersennenhund#bernesemountaindog#bordercollie#thuglife#tugofwar#troutlake#BeautifulBC#VancouverBC#Vancouverisawesome#longcaptions
Happy Tuesday, International Photic Retinopathy day!
Indeed, there was a solar eclipse yesterday, as you might have heard, and today is the day the ones among us who looked at the eclipse with the naked eye (hello @joeybadazzx, @realdonaldtrump) or with improper protection, like sunglasses (hello @elonmusk) will start to feel the damage, if damage was done. #ifyoubelieveinit
Photic, or Solar, Retinopathy is damage to your retina from exposure to more radiation that it can handle. .
It is said that one should not directly stare at the sun any day (for fear that Ra would decide to spit on your eye, or worse), but it is particularly true during a solar eclipse. How so?
When it is bright outside, your pupils are constricted to limit the amount of light going through your beautiful, #natural crystalline lenses, so as to not overwhelm your retina. As the moon covers up the sun, it gets darker down here - and if you were in the USA yesterday, and the solar eclipse was total, it got the darkest. When it gets darker, your pupils relax and chill. .
So if you look at the sun at that moment, the light difference will be such that your retinas will get slammed before your brain even realises what hit them and squeezes your pupils again. .
A couple of seconds are sometimes enough to "burn" a sun crescent shape at the bottom of your eyes. You won't feel it, no pain receptors there. But a day later (today) you might see black spots, or everything blurry, or you can have a headache, or even experience such latin things as central or paracentral scotoma, chromotopsia, metamorphopsia and photophobia. #hangovertuesday
These #latin and non-latin symptoms can last for days, months, or ever...
I just thought it was interesting to know. Don't panic, Jolie is not looking at the sun on this photo - not litterally. She's just looking at me like: #pleasedontfall .
Swipe for the proper way to look at an #eclipse , like a #pinhole projector, or a live feed ;) .