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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ABC Wednesday: T is for Tide


Theoretically I thought that I could show ocean tides going in and out through shots I've taken during vacations at Atlantic Beach, NC through the years.

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Typical of me though, nothing is as easy as I think it will be.
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I'm pretty sure the first shot was taken when the tide was going out and the second when the tide was coming in.
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Perspective can be a factor though, for example with the third shot I was shooting from the porch at the cottage and included the dunes. I have no idea if that was taken at high or low tide although my guess would be high tide.
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In a way though, given the fact that there is time in between high and low tide, these shots could be in the middle of high and low or a third of the way through . . .
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There are tide tables for this beach but checking online I only saw future estimates for tides not ones showing the tides times in the past.
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Thankfully though, I think I managed quite a few T words in this post in spite of non specific tidal information. Click for the home of ABC Wednesday.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Our World Tuesday: Squatters


I am always amazed at how the Canada Geese move into this residential area and take over the lawns.

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This isn't my neighborhood. I think the geese have so much land and water at the lake near my house that they don't need to forage in the neighborhoods close to me.
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I'm not sure why they end up on lawns in this particular residential area.
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It may be because there is a small lake near this neighborhood but not any land to speak of surrounding it.
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The geese may have to forage on the lawns to find enough to eat.
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I notice the geese at the lake near me, are often on the fields in the winter as opposed to hanging out in the water.
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They don't have to start walking out into my neighborhood because they have so much space in the labyrinth of parks and trails near me.
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However, in the residential area where I shot these geese, they don't have the space to move around without heading out on the streets to find lawns to explore.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

SkyWatch Friday: Change is in the air


The first two shots don't show very much sky because my oak trees were still holding on to their leaves.

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These leafy shots were taken seven days ago and things have certainly changed since then.
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The next shot was taken this Wednesday of one of my oak trees and almost all the leaves have dropped giving a better view of the sky.
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I watched the jets draw on the sky a few days ago.
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Next a sunset I watched out of my bedroom window.
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Wednesday I walk with a friend at Shelley Lake and the sky was wonderful. Her dog wanted to stop periodically which gave me a chance to take photos.
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I love this time of year when each day walking at the same place gives a slightly different view because of seasonal changes.
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The first reflection I caught was in the creek that feeds into the lake.
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I couldn't get over how perfect the sky was.
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I do so love the clouds and reflections.
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For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope that it is/was a happy one. Click for the home of SkyWatch Friday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ABC Wednesday: S is for Sundial


Shooting my sundials for an S word I also captured my squeaky swing as well as shadows.

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This sundial is situated correctly and keeps splendid time.
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This sundial is two hours fast and needs to be settled into a better position.
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My sundials used to sit on top of my deck wall until I started growing vines over it. You can see the shadows of the vines that haven't lost all of their leaves yet for winter.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Our World Tuesday: Winter approaches


We had a hard rain a few days ago and that night the temperature dropped below freezing. I think the way the rain on top of the leaves froze ended up looking like plastic wrap.

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It's a good thing I like leaves because my three large oak trees are dropping blankets of leaves.
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One day a female cardinal turned her beak up at me while I was photographing from a distance.
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The next day a male cardinal seemed to have a similar reaction to being photographed.
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The neighborhood cats seems to all gravitate to my overgrown garden.
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The transition from fall to winter is starting to be very obvious.
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The bare trees are beginning to out number the ones that still haven't released their leaves.
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One good thing about winter is there is more light at the end of the tunnel when there isn't dense shade from the leaves on the tree.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Weekend in Black and White: Abandoned


This building is abandoned but solid just the same. I shot it in the Thurmond, West Virginia in May.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

SkyWatch Friday: Variety on a single walk


There was so much variety in the sky on a single walk I went on this week that I decided to select shots from that one day.

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I was prompted to walk because there were some interesting clouds and I thought I might get some good reflections in the lake.
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As it turned out the only reflections I got were in the creek on the way to the lake, and I had so many shots for this post I'm skipping them.
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Even without reflections of clouds in the lake, the interest for me came in how different the sky looked as my walk progressed.
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I like the way at certain points it looked like streamers were tossed across the sky.
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At other places the white highlights blended together.
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Then the texture starts to have the appearance of a cotton comforter.
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I like the naked trees that have dropped their clothes.
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Then another soft cotton comforter is crossing the sky.
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