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Monday, January 31, 2011

That's My World Tuesday: Gulls sparkling

Looking across the lake at the gulls, they appeared to be little diamonds sparkling on the water.
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Once I was on the other side they were more like a rambunctious roaring rowdy crew.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Weekend in Black and White: Ice as a painter


When I empty the ice from the bird bath it makes pictures through melting and refreezing.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

SkyWatch Friday: A taste of pink and blue


We've had a lot of gray skies this week but I did catch a pretty sunset one evening.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ABC Wednesday: B is for Barn


Last fall I shot these barns, and in some cases I shot them through blurry windows.

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I love barns and when I'm on road trips I am on the lookout for barns to shoot.
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The first two shots each have multiple barns in close proximity.
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I love old barns with rusty tin roofs.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Weekend in Black and White: Filling in the spaces


I thought it was somewhat interesting how the sleet filled in the spaces in between the rocks. It almost looks like sand.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

SkyWatch Friday: Sunday Skies


This Sunday was a great day for sky photography from morning to sunset.
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We've had a lot of gray skies this winter so it was fun to have an abundance of blue.
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Some years I actually love gray skies when we need rain but we've had a wet winter.
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The shot above was taken facing west at sunset and the shot below was taken facing east at about the same time.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ABC Wednesday: A is for apples

Apples may be an average A word but I have an abundance of apple photographs in my archives.
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The first two shots were taken in Blowing Rock, NC in 2006 of apples which had fallen into the stream and water garden at the Cannon memorial park.
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Then in 2007 I took photographs of an apple dish I prepared. I have no idea why I photographed the ingredients or the dish.
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These photographs reminded me I haven't made this dish in ages so maybe I will try it again soon.
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I also have photographs from Blowing Rock, NC in 2010 and once again the apples were in the stream at the Cannon Memorial park.
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If I was a bear, I would almost be brave enough to risk close encounters with humans to gather this abundance of apples.
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The last two shots were taken at the apple orchard at the Moses H. Cone Memorial park in Blowing Rock, NC in 2010.
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Altogether, I probably have many different kinds of apples shown here but I don't know their names.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

That's My World Tuesday: Beautiful Day for Walking


This Sunday, Bill and I went on a walk around Shelley Lake in honor of a beautiful and warmer day.

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There were signs of how cold it has been lately because the creek and part of the lake were frozen.
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I've missed walking at the lake. I was waiting for the path to get a chance to melt from our last bought with freezing rain and sleet.
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I'm glad I did wait since there were still patches of ice on parts of the path along the creek.
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I try to go on photowalks at the lake during each of the seasons because I love to note the differences.
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It's like going on a totally different walk depending on the time of year.
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I am definitely someone who likes changes in the natural world. I need four distinct seasons with the periodic unseasonal days. We can have big changes in temperature during a given week.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

The Weekend in Black and White: Ice Water


I took the first photograph on Tuesday and the second one on Wednesday.
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I couldn't decide which one I liked the best so I'm posting both of them. I wish I had got the entire round part in the first shot but out of the ones I took that day I liked the slightly chopped one the best for monochrome. The light was different on Wednesday and a little melting had started which affected the shot below.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

SkyWatch Friday: Icy Blues


I think ice covered branches are very beautiful against a blue sky.
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You can't see much of the sky in the shot below except reflected on the ice topped tree branch. I thought it was interesting how it turned the branch blue.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

ABC Wednesday : Z is for Zen


Someone gave me the book Zen and the art of the Internet almost 20 years ago which makes it ancient history in internet terms.
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The first time I saw this cat at the NC Botanical Garden at UNC I thought there was something rather zen about him.
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Then zooming ahead to exactly one year later when I saw him at almost the same spot in the garden, lying down, I thought it was a little spooky.
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A little later he let me know he let me know he was capable of zeal when attacking an itch.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

That's My World Tuesday: Birds and such


Saturday I was on my way to the grocery store and I was thinking to myself, I need to remember to get bird seed because we are likely to have snow on Monday and sleet on Tuesday.
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Since I was thinking about snow, at first the snow that started falling seemed like part of my train of thought and then I went, wait a minute, what's that white stuff coming down on my car. That's not supposed to happen for a few days.
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It didn't amount to much but it was sort of amusing how I was thinking about getting some food for the wildlife in anticipation of a future event and all of the sudden it started snowing.
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I have enjoyed photographing the birds this winter. Some like the carolina chickadee below blend into the trees while others are easier to spot.
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I was shooting the male cardinal (bottom of shot below) and didn't even notice the female cardinal above him until I downloaded the photographs.
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The brown thrasher has a rather large mouth when it's open.
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The woodpecker is very shy and I have to be careful even when photographing from the window lest I scare him off.
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The little swinger was fun to watch. He seemed very happy hopping around on my deck swing. I didn't notice my deck swing was growing some kind of fungus until I looked at this shot. Oh well.
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Sunday was a beautiful day but very cold.
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I'm writing this post on Sunday, although I'll wait and post it on Monday. I imagine I'll be photographing the birds in the snow Monday since I work from home, but I tend to work on posts the day or so before I post them.
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