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Thursday, August 30, 2012

SkyWatch Friday: A little bit of everything

There has been a lot of variety in the sky where I live over the past week or so.
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I had trouble deciding which shots to use.
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I ended up picking a little bit of everything.
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This time of the year always tends to be good for cloud watching in North Carolina.
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I don't even have to leave my yard to get a lot of variety in skywatching.
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I've been walking more so I also have a lot of shots from Shelley Lake.
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I like to catch the sky reflected in water.
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I also shoot the sky over the dam where I can't see the water.
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Some of the crepe myrtle trees are still blooming.
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We have had more blue mixed in with the clouds lately.
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It's nice to see some blue after all of our rain this summer.
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As I've said many time, I'm glad we've had plenty of rain to offset the heat but now that it's cooler I welcome some sun.
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It's still warm but that's relative. It's a lot cooler than the severe heat we've had much of the summer.
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I like the way the sun is making a brave effort below.
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It almost looks more like the moon than the sun.
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The shots started with yesterday and have moved back through the days covering 8 different days.
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The way the sun is trying to break through below makes the clouds look like satin.
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I like the varied texture and illumination in the sky.
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This post seems to be getting rather long.
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One way I know it's getting long is I run out of things to say.
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I always pick out my shots for a post first and then try to think of something to say in between the shots.
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The problem with that method is I will still have shots I've selected but can't think of a narrative to weave in between them.
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It's probably a bad sign when I start boring myself.
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I'm nearing the end of the shots I picked out.
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I've almost put myself to sleep so don't feel bad if you're yawning.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ABC Wednesday: G is for gray grey

Depending on where you live you might spell it grey or gray. I go back and forth with my grey gray spelling.
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Gray doesn't have to be grim.
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Gray can hold a glimmer of light.
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Garrulous geese can glide.
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A solitary goose can gesticulate with its expressive head.
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A giant great blue heron towers over the ducks.
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On a grey morning two exercisers are pulling on a rope of some kind.
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Gray can be gorgeous with its varied tones.
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I caught a glimpse of another great blue heron.
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Glowing grey water.
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The glow grows in the grey.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Our World Tuesday: Mixture from three walks

I had to laugh when I saw a Canada Goose running with the boys.
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When a cyclist came up behind them the goose flew away.
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In the bottom of the next shot you may be able to barely make out a great blue heron flying low over the water.
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In the next shot it's a little easier to see him.
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I didn't have time to zoom in until he landed.
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 There was a little blue sky on Sunday but we never got the sunny weekend that was forecast.
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Still pleasant having cooler temperatures and most of the rain over the past 4 or 5 days has been late afternoon and night.
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I was surprised to see a bunch of new babies at the lake.
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There were early babies this year after a mild winter which made it especially surprising to see late ones so close to fall.
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I've photographed the fellow below many times as he prowls at Sertoma Art Center up a hill from Shelley Lake.
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On one of my walks I followed a creek that feeds into the lake.
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I like the side trails off the paved ones.
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I always look for reflections in the water.
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I had hoped they wouldn't mow the grasses on the dam.
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A couple of days after I took the shot above they were mowed as you can see in the shot below.
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There are sections here and there where the geese can forage for seeds that aren't moved by the city employees.
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I caught a glimpse of one of the great blue heron peering out through the foliage.
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In the next shot I could only see its lower body.
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The mallards were swimming in a free form line.
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The ducks below were following the leader.
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With all the rain we've had toadstools abound.
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I always love to see mist rising up at a distance.
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Below the toadstool looks like a dinner plate to me.
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The sun was trying to break through below but was fighting a losing battle.
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It amuses me the way the mallards crowded together on the log.
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The ducks on the next log were more evenly spaced.
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Below is another shot of the sun trying to break out on another day.
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The pair of mallards below were fishing and spent a lot of time with their heads under water.
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I like the shape created in the water below.
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The duck in the next shot has an interesting feature on top of its head created by the darker feathers.
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