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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Last week I went to Durham, NC (U.S.) for a staff meeting and was surprised to see a new pedestrian bridge across Highway 147 at Alston Avenue.
When I headed home, I was ready to try for a few more shots of the bridge approaching it from the other direction.
Since the pedestrian bridge isn't opened yet, if you look at the shot above the people walking across the road bridge on the left hand side are sharing that with cars. When the pedestrian bridge which you can see on the other side of the road bridge is finished, that will be a better way to cross the highway.
The shot below is one I took after the staff meeting, when I went into the park which is below the parking lot.
The next shot is taken from the parking lot facing the building I had left after the meeting.
The next shot is also taken from the parking lot but I turned my camera a little towards the left.
The last shot taken from the parking lot is facing in a whole other direction to get the expansive sky into the shot.
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Friday, March 26, 2010
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Lake Lynn is a few miles from my house and Bill and I went for a walk there on Saturday. All the photos in this post are from that walk.
Since Shelley Lake is in my neighborhood and some of the trails are within walking distance of my house, that's where I usually walk.
I like to go to Lake Lynn too since there are some differences between the two lakes and Lake Lynn is only a few miles away.
In the spring I usually spot a lot more turtles at Lake Lynn and on Saturday that was definitely the case.
The turtles were out in full force and I wondered if they have already begun to have babies.
I'm not sure what kind of turtles they are as that's not something I'm good at identifying.
Immediately after reading a sign that said horses aren't allowed on the walkways around the lake, I spotted two horse riders.
When I realized they were police officers I wondered how they would react if I said, I'm making a citizens arrest, you aren't supposed to be riding horses on this trail.
There are some early signs of spring at the lake but not as many as there are in the neighborhoods.
I like this time of year when part of my world looks like winter and part looks like spring.
When we were almost around the lake, I glanced over at a condominium complex which was bursting into spring mode.
There are some of the same geese and ducks at Lake Lynn as there are at Shelley, but not anything like as many at Lake Lynn. Lake Lynn has muscovy ducks (second shot) which I never see at Shelley but in terms of numbers of water birds there aren't as many.
There weren't any sea gulls at Lake Lynn although there are a lot of them at Shelley Lake at the moment. Most of the sea gulls leave before summer at Shelley.
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Friday, March 19, 2010
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Spring continues to be the big news around my part of the world with daily changes.
It's been a wet March, so far, but there have been a few days where I could walk at the lake near my house (Shelley Lake).
I always enjoy seeing and hearing the changes of each new season.
The animals get rowdier as they move into mating season and call out to warn some away from their nests or to attract mates.
The Canada Geese are at Shelley Lake year round but they are more abundant at different sides of the lake depending on the season, and spend more time in the water as it warms.
They are also much nosier in the spring time and I can hear them before I see them.
Back at my house the American Robin are out and about much more.
The robin are a sure fire sign of spring as they begin to forage and nest, as well as take a bath on my deck.
The male cardinals keep up a steady call for mates from the trees. They also warn off intruders from their nests, or that's what it seems like. The female cardinals will head for the bushes where they have nests, when they see me, but the males will be in the tree above the bushes and shout at me.
The cardinals also enjoy a bath on my deck and this one would look over to where I was shooting from my french door, and then turn his back on me.
The flowers are starting to pop up and bloom adding color and scent to my world.
The tulip tree buds are beginning to get fuller and show a hint of the pink color they will have when they bloom.
From some places at my house it is a mass of buds and color when I look up.
Other places there is a hint of growth on the trees but many of the trees are still bare.
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