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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Late February through mid March

The photographs are chronological starting with late February.

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We had some warm weather in February which jump started spring but this past week we had snow so it's not a clear trajectory. 

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I noticed we may have another little snow this coming week.

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I was more concerned with some very cold nights since early spring flowers are pretty resilient but if the temperatures drop too low it creates issues.

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It's been a very pleasant weekend.

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I'm never too eager for hot weather but I like moderate weather the older I get.

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It's interesting to me how some flowers get their signals from temperature and others seem to wait for longer days (this is observational not scientific).

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The snowy, icy shots are ones I took this week.

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I used to know more about the science behind plants and trees but I have forgotten most of it.

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Some trees and flowers never go into spring mode until much later but others do seems to react to the immediate weather.

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What I worry about is when my pecan tree starts leafing out too early.

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I've had that happen a few years where the first bunch of new leaves are killed by low temperatures.

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Too early leaves haven't had long term damage to my pecan tree but I don't get very many pecans when the leaves have to start over again after being killed. 

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The flowering trees above were taken during a walk today.

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The cormorants haven't left Shelley Lake yet.

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They usually go somewhere else in the later spring and return in the fall. They are spotted year round at other lakes in my area but I don't usually see them at Shelley Lake in the later spring and summer.

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The herons are at this lake year round.

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I can tell when they have babies because they scream and fly up and down the lake if I get too close to where they nest.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winter Post 2018

I took so many photographs today that I thought it was a good time to prepare a winter post.

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I hope everyone's new year is off to a good start.

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I worked from home yesterday and today so I was able to enjoy the birds I feed during bad weather on my deck.

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Today was a winter wonderland.

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It was my favorite kind of snowy day.

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The sun came out and the sky was a beautiful blue.

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I think the cardinal below was playing peekaboo.

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It snowed all day yesterday and today we had a brilliant blue sky.

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I think the way I uploaded the shots they are going from later in the day to end with earlier in the day.

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I'm way to lazy now that I've started to change the order.

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I paste the link from flickr and had meant to go from morning to afternoon.

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Afternoon to morning works too.

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It was supposed to get warmer than it did today.

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The sun was very bright but the temperatures stayed below freezing.

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The melting from the sun will definitely refreeze tonight since it's going to be quite cold.

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My neighbor's backyard play set above looks charming in the snow.

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I wonder if it will warm up as much tomorrow as the forecast calls for.

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I'm probably going to work from home again.

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I don't even have the snow cleared off my car although I tried.

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I used most of my energy cutting back overgrown bushes that bowed down across my driveway under the weight of the snow.

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I think the junco above looks like it's sticking out its tongue. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

September through November 19 2017

I can't believe how long it has been since I posted.

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I knew I wasn't going to continue with the regular photo blogging.

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I thought I'd at least continue having a monthly post.

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I was surprised to see that my last post was after a beach trip in August.

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I have missed visiting other photo bloggers but time and energy haven't permitted.

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I decided I want to at least try to have a seasonal post roughly covering summer, fall, winter and spring.

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This is roughly fall although where I live September is more a part of summer than fall.

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One thing I do notice is we have a very long season of fall/autumn foliage.

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The dogwoods and grasses begin to signal fall in September but most trees don't change in central NC until October and even November.

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This year the early fall foliage was earlier than usual and the later fall foliage such as Oak trees was later than usual.

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The North Carolina mountains are usually several weeks ahead of central NC with fall foliage.

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This is an unusual fall because I didn't make it to the mountains.

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There were quite a few late flowers but we've had a couple of hard freezes so they're mostly gone.

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One reason I want to try to cover the seasons is I occasionally look back to my blog to see what kind of fall or spring, summer or winter we had.

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The sculpture is from the outdoor part of the NC Museum of Art.

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The shot below was one of the earlier fall ones in my neighborhood where it really looked like fall.

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I kind of like the mix where some trees are vivid colors and other still have some green.

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Bittersweet berries on my deck wall are a favorite seasonal color for me. 

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It's always nice to see the cormorants return in the fall.

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I'm not sure where they go in the summer.

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The gulls at Shelley lake are back for the winter and although they are at other lakes in the summer they always leave my neighborhood lake in the spring.

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Most of the trees still have leaves although the dogwoods and some maples have dropped their leaves. 

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I think I'm nearing the end of the shots I picked out.

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It's a good thing I have since I'm running out of something to say.

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Happy Thanksgiving this coming Thursday! I'm grateful for a short work week among other things.

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