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Saturday, February 13, 2016

January 31 through February 13, 2016

The last day of January was perfect for a walk at the NC Museum of Art Park.

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It always takes me time to decide about new art installations in the park (at least a couple of years).

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I still haven't decided how I feel about the one above.

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I like the way landscapes look in the winter.

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I particularly like grasses that are allowed to grow naturally and remain un-mowed when they die back in the winter.

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I've photographed the next sculpture many times.

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Same with the one below but they are both favorites of mine in terms of the outdoor installations.

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A little tree is trying to come up.

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It was nice to have a break in the winter temperatures before they started falling again.

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I photographed the mackerel sky below at the beginning of February.

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The rest of the shots were taken at my house during the first two weeks of February.

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I only feed the birds during bad weather but it's been so cold lately I've helped them out some (male cardinal above and male rufous-sided towhee below).

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I like the markings on the mourning doves feathers.

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Winter is a good time for me to catch sunsets.

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I enjoy watching the female cardinals (below) as well as the more flamboyant males. 

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Carolina chickadees are the first to take advantage of free food but move so fast they're hard to catch with my camera.

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Below is a female Rufous-sided towhee.

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The blue jay was among the first to take advantage of fresh water once I got the ice out.

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I'm starting to get quite a collection of ice circles.

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The mourning doves look like one is look-out.

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I get cold just looking at the female cardinal bathing.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

End of January

The pictures in this post were taken on January 23, 24 and 25, 2016.

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February is going to be a big change.

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If the first 10 days of February holds to the forecast it will barely get below freezing on any of the nights.

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I know the birds will appreciate a break in winter weather.

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I like a break as long as it's not too dramatic.

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Sometimes shifts from winter to spring weather and back again make me feel slightly ill.

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The snow and ice we had was very pretty.

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We had more sleet and freezing rain than snow.

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I was grateful that I didn't lose power.

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When I finally made it to the office once the roads were cleared the dangerous part was the parking lot.

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Even though the preceding day had been well above freezing the parking lot was like an ice skating rink. 

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I had on hiking boots and was stomping down as hard as possible to get traction when a co-worker said, this is the most dangerous part of the trip.

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It was a minor miracle no one had a bad fall.

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The problem with the kind of storm we had was pre-treatment with sand and brine couldn't off set the amount of freezing rain that fell.

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Below is what my neighborhood road looked like long after the secondary streets were clear.

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On the 25th of January we had a beautiful moon.

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It was beautiful at sunrise and at sunset.

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It amazes me how many birds flock to this tree down the road from me.

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I photograph the birds from my window.

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The moon above looked red because it was catching the sunset.

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I get the best sunset shots in the winter when the trees are bare.

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There are so many trees in my neighborhood that I don't get much of the sunset in the summer.

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I love the way sunsets look with bare limbs.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Mixed week

The flashy male cardinal dwarfs the little junco but they seem to be eating together rather companionably.

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The female cardinal and sparrow are also dinner companions.

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I supplied fresh bath water this morning and there was a lot of debating before jumping in.

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I always think male rufous-sided towhees look like they are wearing dinner jackets.

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The starling was the first bathing beauty brave enough to jump in.

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The shots above were all taken today, Friday 1-22-16. The shot below was taken this Monday.

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The last shot was taken yesterday before winter weather moved in.

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