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Monday, October 31, 2011

Our World Tuesday: Sunday Walk


After a rainy start to the weekend, we had a beautiful day on Sunday to walk.

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I am glad that I'm starting to recover from too long hikes when I was on vacation.
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I would hate to miss autumn walks at home, and thankfully am finally getting the energy to walk around the lake near my house.
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I had to laugh when I noticed the party going on at the picnic table (shown below) in a flooded area around the lake.
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The ducks were having a great time partying on the table although I didn't see any picnic food.
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There was a great blue heron perched on the fish feeding station.
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He was scared off by a human fisherman on the bank.
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The heron ended up fishing on the other side of the lake and is in the shot below but too distant to see him, except as a spec on the left hand side.
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I zoomed in though to get a better shot of the heron's new fishing spot.
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The cormorants have returned to their favorite perch where I tend to spot them in the fall.
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I like the way the evergreens are mixed in with the trees that will lose their leaves in the winter.
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We still haven't reached peak color in my neck of the woods as the oaks and a few other trees have just started to change leaf color.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

SkyWatch Friday: Good Witch and more


The first shot was a rainy accident but it made me think of the Good Witch Glenda in the Wizard of Oz.
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Remember how she appeared in a bubble gliding down slowly.
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The shot below is moody to me with the landscape being dark and the cloudy sky being lighter.
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I've already posted black and white versions of the next two shots.
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I thought Cone Manor worked well for my black and white post but I also like them in color.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

ABC Wednesday: O is for Orange


I wasn't here last week for N so I thought I'd use O is for orange and work in N too.
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Orange can be rather outlandish on neon clothes but it's rather nice in the great outdoors.
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Above you can still see orange even as it gets near night. Below one tree is naked and another is dressed in burnt orange.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

That's My World Tuesday: Boone and Blowing Rock NC


My mother was from Boone, North Carolina and growing up we always spent a lot of time visiting my grandmother there.

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My mother died when she was 65 in 1990 and about 13 years after that my grandmother died (she lived to be around 103 as I recall).
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The Boone/Blowing Rock part of NC will always seem like a second home to me.
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Bill and I were there last week enjoying the fall foliage.
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In central NC where I live, most of our trees haven't changed colors yet.
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It always feels like I'm extending fall when I go to the mountains during peak color.
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Then I come home and only the dogwoods and a few other trees have changed.
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Every day though I'm seeing more trees beginning to get some color.
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All of the shots in this post were taken last week in the NC mountains.
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I took so many pictures that my blog can look like a very long autumn.
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I started some time ago with the dogwoods in color at home, since they've already changed here.
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Since I got home from the mountains I've been posting shots from that trip.
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By the time I am done posting vacation shots we'll have more and more color here.
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I like all the seasons but I think fall and winter are probably my favorites, although I'm usually ready for spring.
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I wouldn't mind having a shorter summer than we usually have.
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We had an unusually hot summer this year although it did start cooling off earlier than it sometimes does.
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I didn't get any good shots of the protected parts inside of rock overhangs.
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The light wasn't good for shooting those areas but I commented to Bill that a whole community could live inside some of them.
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I was exaggerating but during our longest hike there were some rocks with protected areas that could shelter a large family during a storm.
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I'm running out of things to say because I picked way too many pictures to go into this post.
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The house below nestled in the hills appealed to me.
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The house below is a view of cone manor that makes it look a lot smaller than it is.
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There weren't any lilies still blooming on bass lake on the cone estate but lots of lily pads could be seen.
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One last shot for this long post.
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