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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Our World Tuesday: A little over a year ago

This week I'm posting shots from a road trip to West Virginia a little over a year ago.
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The first three or so shots were taken while still in North Carolina but the rest were in Virginia and West Virginia.
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I took so many shots on that trip that I still have many I never used on my blog, so I thought I'd use some of those now as I didn't take hardly any photos this week.
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It's still so hot here that I can't get motivated to do much.
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I hope after a miserably July it will cool down some in August.
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Sometimes we do have a cooler August than July and I sincerely hope that will be the case this year.
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These shots were take at the end of May in 2011 and it was a perfect time of the year for a road trip.
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The woods were very green and full of new growth.
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There were lots of mountain laurels and rhododendrons in bloom.   
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It was still fairly cool at night which I like.
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I don't handle heat very well.
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When it is cold you can always bundle up but when it's hot there are just so many clothes you can take off.
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I have tried to keep my complaints to a minimum this summer because I do have air-conditioning.
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The problem though is I hate feeling so housebound due to the heat.
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Oh well summer will be over soon.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

SkyWatch Friday:

I enjoy the different types of water towers I encounter in my state (NC).
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The beach water towers invariably have an aquatic theme.
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There were a number of military helicopters flying over the ocean when I was there.
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I suppose that's is because there are military bases near by.
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I like the way jets paint the sky with contrails.
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I've already posted one seagull and kite shot on another post but here's one with multiple seagulls flying with the kite.
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Sometimes I like the distant shots of seagulls that look like a symbol for birds, as opposed to a realistic photograph.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ABC Wednesday: B is for Boat

Boy's bouncing board boat.
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In the next shot, it looks like another board boater is walking on water because his boat is beneath the water. Beyond him is a fishing boat.
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Below is a better look at one of the fishing boats on the water.
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Big barge boat with little boat bearing to the right of it.
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Below it almost looks like one boat but it's two.
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Next are the same two boats as the shot above but you can see it's two kayaks not one boat with two people. The boats looks like they are beneath the water.
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There are three boats below. Two sailboats, although the sails aren't raised, and one boat that looks like it's probably a small motor boat of some kind or perhaps a row boat.
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Below is another kayak boat person.
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Finally one last fishing boat close to shore.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Our World Tuesday: Road Trip

Driving to the beaches on the North Carolina coast, from where I live in the central part of NC, the highways cut through rural areas.
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I live in the triangle area of NC which is very developed so it's nice to see parts of the state which are still relatively rural.
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Since I wasn't the driver I clicked all along the way.
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The next shot has a fighter plane on a stand outside the entrance to a military base.
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The road shots are a mix of ones I took on the way to the beach as well as on the way home.
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The overcast sky was on the way there and the blue sky with clouds were on the way home.
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The rest of the shots were taken at Atlantic Beach, NC.
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I posted a lot of shots from this short vacation last week but still have many to choose from.
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It's still so hot that the shots I'm taking at home are pretty limited as I don't feel like walking in the heat.
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Although it was also hot at the beach there were nice sea breezes.
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The water temperature was good which is always nice.
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Even wading in to get my feet and knees wet cooled me off.
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I can't believe how many shots I took of the sky on this trip.
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I had a long skywatch post and still have a ton I haven't used. The shot below is of my two sisters.
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Even without any storms while I was there, we had a variety of clouds to look at.
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The ocean was a vivid blue too.
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The white in the breakers and the blue ocean mimic the white clouds and blue sky.
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The two people in the shot below are Bill and our adult child.
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It amazed me how close the willets got to people.
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I was probably a mile or more away from the pier when I shot it standing on the porch at the cottage.
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The gull alternated between walking along the shore and flying out for a spot of fishing.
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The last shot is one I took after dropping a family member off at the airport.
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