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Thursday, October 23, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - North Carolina side

I couldn't have ordered better weather for a vacation of driving and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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There were interesting clouds and blue skies.

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Lots of different types of light to color the mountains.

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Next we have the sky and Bill patiently waiting for me.

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I looked through a zillion shots rather quickly to try to pick out ones specifically for the sky.

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I included the next shot because I love fog and most morning we had fog which cleared after I had my fill of fog shots.

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The town in the shot above is Bryson City, NC which was the closest town to where we were staying.

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I liked the mix of fall foliage as well as evergreens.

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A carpet of leaves in the woods is one of my favorite things both for the sound and look.

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I also love contours in the mountains when clouds form their own shapes along the range.

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The next shot was when we drove on a back country dirt road through part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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The best part about the dirt roads were we were almost the only people using them.

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It was worth it even though we were bouncing up and down pretty hard part of the time.

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I love the mix of colors this time of the year with the higher altitudes changing and dropping their leaves.

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There is still a fair amount of green at the lower altitudes.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brief Blog Break

I'm taking a brief break from blogging (only a week or so) but I have taken so many shots this week, I thought I'd go ahead and post some mid October photos I took.

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We've had a lot of rain but most days it clears for part of the day.

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It's been windy which adds to the beauty when the boughs and flowers sway back and forth.

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Male cardinals are started to get the deeper red they tend to get in the fall and winter.

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Earlier this week there was one day where it literally stopped raining just long enough for me to walk during lunch.

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I had to protect my camera because when the wind blew the rain that had collected on the leaves was almost like a shower.

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I'm glad I have had a chance to photograph the flowers before they are all gone.

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I'll admit that raindrops on roses are one of my favorite things.

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Actually raindrops on elephant ears and almost any plant or flower that holds on to the liquid jewels are among my favorite things.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Nature Notes and Our World Tuesday: mid October




October is flying by like most months do at my age.

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We had a wet weekend but a few breaks when I could get outside.

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I love the fluffy feathers on the bird below.

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It's interesting to me how a lot of tree's leaves change colors top down.

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May trees are beginning to have color at the top but only a few have fall leaves all the way down.

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During the week we had some pretty days so I went on lunch time walks in downtown Durham, NC.

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I think the sculpture fits in well with all the construction that continues in the city.

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Durham auditorium is an attractive building in my opinion.

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As you can see we haven't had a hard frost yet so lots of growth continues.

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I think our average first frost date is late October.

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I think the earliest it has ever snowed in central NC where I live is November 11. I remember that because it snowed on my 30th birthday in 1987 and it was extraordinary.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Today's Flowers: Blooms, berries, seeds and leaves












My hydrangea bushes didn't flower very well this summer but I did have a few blooms that are changing colors as they fade into fall.

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I photographed a lot of flowers in different stages during lunch break walks in Durham, NC this week.

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We had some perfect days during the week.

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Not too hot, not too cold, just right . . .

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I am enjoying being able to walk most days.

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I don't handle heat very well so summer is my least favorite time to walk.

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This past summer was a mild one so I was able to get out more than most summers.

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I'm still glad to be heading into cool weather.

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The last shot is obviously not flowers but fall leaves are starting to be a bright spot although we have a way to go for peak season.

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