Author Archives: Jay McLaughlin

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.

I dress to match Evelyn’s flowers: 

11 April, 2021 I dress to  match Evelyn’s flowers:  I don’t have an overwhelming amount of pictures this week (or at least I didn’t when I started) – but I have lots of flowers. I photographed these purple beauties in … Continue reading

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Finally! A different kind of owl! 

28 March, 2021           Finally! A different kind of owl!  The first owl picture I ever posted in this blog was… a Barred Owl! What a surprise. That was May 15, 2011, in a post called … Continue reading

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Riot on Westbury Drive

21 March, 2021 Riot on Westbury Drive I have all the usual miscellany this week. But I was walking Mackey and Turner out to the car this morning to go to the river and I turned around and saw the … Continue reading

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The flowers are finally bailing me out

14 March, 2021 The flowers are finally bailing me out The ospreys just started bailing me out too, but I didn’t find out about them until an hour ago. The light was nice and they’re active – extremely active – … Continue reading

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This blog is TEN YEARS OLD!

7 March, 2021 This blog is TEN YEARS OLD!  That’s the first picture ever on this blog – on March 3, 2011. Ten years ago this week! Roux belonged to a person who lived with me back then, but she’s … Continue reading

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The flowers haven’t bailed me out!

28 February, 2021 The flowers haven’t bailed me out!  I keep hoping for a burst of color from the flowers but I’m getting ahead of myself. There are a handful of daffodils blooming – I’ll put one here – but … Continue reading

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These keep getting shorter and shorter!

21 February, 2021 These keep getting shorter and shorter! I will be uncharacteristically brief. If I hadn’t had the always-wonderful experience of seeing an owl yesterday, I might have skipped this week. So an owl and a couple other items.  … Continue reading

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The joy of hiking 52 weeks/year

14 February, 2021 The joy of hiking 52 weeks/year  Long time hikers understand a simple relationship in the park – the worse the weather, the fewer the people. If it’s really messy out, it’s like your own private park. When … Continue reading

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A little to show – not much to say

7 February, 2021 A little to show – not much to say  That’s my theme this week. I went down Monday just to see if there’d be a Barred owl in February, and there was. But yesterday I went to … Continue reading

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The day before a snow day

31 January, 2021 The day before a snow day If you live in Richmond, VA or the surrounding area, you’re aware today IS a snow day. Mackey and Turner and Yuki and I went to Pony Pasture yesterday to avoid … Continue reading

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