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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Skywalking


I went on a walk this morning specifically to take a skywatch shot. I had too many choices so I rather arbitrarily picked one. I'll sort later and no doubt use others for Skywatch posting to come.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

That's My World Tuesday: Half and Half

This time of year strikes me as half and half in my part of the world. Half of the time it's chilly, half of the time it's warm. Half of the trees are changing colors, half are still the same. Some of the trees like the one below are half one color and half another.
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I think my favorite trees are the ones which have part of their summer color and part of their fall color at the same time. It's fanciful to me.
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I've always liked change and I think the changes during autumn are my favorite but there are aspects to all of the seasons that I like.
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I don't think I could tolerate living somewhere that didn't have distinct seasons.
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I know I couldn't live somewhere that didn't have a lot of different kinds of trees.
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Of course push comes to shove I guess we all have to get used to wherever we end up, but I am grateful for seasons and trees.
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I hope that I am always able to live somewhere that has both.
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - More from Colonial Williamsburg

I thought it was interesting how much more impressive the back entrance to the Colonial Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia) was than the front entrance. That could be because foreign dignitaries carriages would be entering from the back gates, where the front entrance is facing the common green and the surrounding houses and shops branching out from there were for the American colonials.
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I'm not sure if the next shot would be considered monochrome but I think it is. I was really struck by the gilt leather hanging below. The walls in the "Great Room" on the second floor of the Colonial Virginia Governor's palace are covered with these gilt leather hangings.The tour guide discussed how the leather walls glow at night in the candle lit room. I would love to see that.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

SkyWatch Friday: It's beginning to look a lot like Autumn

I decided to take some photographs Wednesday of the fall leaves on the trees around my house and pick one for SkyWatch. The blue sky was such a good backdrop for the drama of the leaves.
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Try as I might I couldn't pick just one. The first photograph is of the dogwood tree at peak and close to being past it with some leaves already fallen. The next one is the maple tree not quite peaking except for the leaves at the very tip.
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I think I'll call the last shot anticipation as my big oaks are giving me a teaser of color but have a way to go. I'm reminded of Goldy Locks and the three bears - one too hot, one too cold, and one just right. Although to me all stages of fall foliage are just right be they beginning or ending.
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Please remember to get your peace globe before November 5

I hope that you will consider participating in Mimi's Blog Blast for Peace this year. I will be writing my post on November 5, 2009 for this event but wanted to go ahead and add my voice to encourage others to participate in this event. Please click here to go to Mimi Writes and get your own peace globe.



The globe above is the one I personalized and I will explain more about that on my Dona Nobis Pacem post on November 5. I was keeping this up as a sticky post but after some comments on my other blog, I realized I was confusing people since I had to post date it keep it at the top. Please visit Mimi Writes to get your own peace globe.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Say Cheese

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A few words with this one - Hippocerous (1926-27) by Edgar Alexander McKillop has a phonograph built into his rear end. He is being shown in the Folk Musical Instrument gallery at the Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Colonial Williamsburg (VA, U.S.).

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Monday, October 19, 2009

That's My World Tuesday - Colonial Williamsburg

The state I live in, North Carolina (U.S.), borders the state of Virginia. For a short vacation, Bill and I went to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and our daughter was able to join us. Below is Bill and our daughter in the colonial nursery.
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For more information about the reconstructed colonial capital of Virginia you can click on this link. It's so extensive that I'm only going to post a smattering of the photographs I took.
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We lucked out considering the abysmal weather forecast which called for rain the whole time we were there. It did rain some and sprinkle some but not enough to interfere with us walking around and seeing the sights.
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They have reenactments of key events in the history of the colonial capital, and although that wasn't what interested me the most it was fun to see some of them since I haven't been there in a very long time.
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I enjoyed seeing the animals which were part of the reconstruction. These horses were grazing in a pasture behind the Colonial Governor's Palace.
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I thought it was interesting how ornate the back door of the Governor's palace was. I believe that's the way he beat a hurried retreat when the American Revolutionary war was brewing.
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The gardens above, in the back of the palace are a nice mixture of hedges, topiary, herbs, and leafy edible plants. Below are the sheep which graze behind the weavers store. They do a good job of representing colonial life and you can see cabinet makers, weavers, and others working much as they would have in the past.
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It was a good time of year for this trip because the gardens still had a lot growing and blooming but the autumn foliage was beginning to get fired up. I think I'll stop here and perhaps post more of my zillion fall trip photos another time.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Brief Blogging Break

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I'm not going to try to blog this week but I'm sure I'll be back to posting and visiting next week.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Monochrome Weekly: A monochrome Day

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Skywatch Friday: The sky turned blue while I worked

I'm still doing auto publish so if I'm slow visiting other skywatchers, I'm working off site and am away from my computer. Wednesday I drove to work in the rain as I had done on Monday and Tuesday. However, when I stepped outside during lunch I was greeted by a brilliant blue sky. What a difference a few hours can make. I went on a short walk and thought the banner outside an architecture firm's office was interesting.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - A Blue Beauty

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Monday, October 5, 2009

That's My World Tuesday: Sunday walk - North Carolina Piedmont

I'm setting up some posts to auto publish because work in my world may interfere with my blogging. I will try to visit other participants as soon as I can, although I may be slow.

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The shots in this post are from a walk this Sunday around Lake Lynn. There were four great blue heron which I spotted and enjoyed photographing.

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I love the great blues. They are such beautiful and also somewhat eccentric looking birds to me. Not sure why I think they look like eccentrics.

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This time of year the leaves are still in the early stages of changing color and I'm looking for ones that have changed when I walk.

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At first I thought the red on the other side of the lake was a tree that had changed but then realized it was a red canoe.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Monochrome Weekly: NC mountains this summer


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Thursday, October 1, 2009

SkyWatch Friday: Sky Print


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I looked up through the leaves and it looked like a silk print to me. For other skies throughout the world, please visiit the home of SkyWatch Friday.

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