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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ABC Wednesday: P is for Primrose

Pretty Pink Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Our World Tuesday: Last week in the NC mountains

I thought I'd do one more post with a mix of shots I took over a four day period (Friday through last Monday) in the NC mountains.
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It's noticeable how much ahead the NC mountains are in terms of fall color as opposed to central NC where I live.
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At home many more trees have changed colors but the oak trees are still slowly changing. We're several weeks behind the mountains in my state.
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We were in the southern part of the NC mountain range this time but the northern end of the NC mountain range is probably almost finished with fall colors.
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I'm probably repeating myself between posts lately since the photographs were taken at the same time but I took so many I've gotten a bunch of posts out of a four day vacation.
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The trail I took the shot above on had a lot of obstacles but I was careful when walking around the rocks and roots. It wasn't until I got to an easy walking part that I tripped and fell on my face.
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Fortunately I just got a few bruises and wasn't badly hurt. It was slightly humorous because a couple that was near me were very solicitous and was trying to help me up and I said, I'm o.k I just need Bill and right then Bill walked up and said: I'm Bill. He was a little ahead of me when I fell.
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I didn't need any help but I wanted the couple to know that they could leave me and I had someone with me. They were nice but it was embarrassing to fall like that. I find that I am usually less likely to fall when maneuvering tricky parts of paths but it's the easier ones when I stop paying attention that I do a nose dive.
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Also, I had my camera around my neck and in my efforts to protect my camera I fell harder than if I'd used my hands to protect myself rather than my camera. I loved the shed in the NC Arboretum in Asheville (shot below).
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I'd like to have a green roof like the one on the shed.
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I also liked the "helping hands" sculpture below.
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The next shot is of a house in Brevard, NC. The lighting was poor for the shot but I think the chimney is fun.
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The tree below was on the same street in Brevard as the house. I like the tree but am not sure what kind it is.
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I love being able to take pictures while someone else drives.
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I've taken a few shots at stop lights when I drive but I'm trying not to do that anymore.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

SkyWatch Friday: NC mountains

I couldn't have ordered better weather for our road trip to the North Carolina mountains.
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This time we stayed in Brevard, NC near Asheville which is southwest of where I live in central NC.
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Usually we have at least a day or so of rainy foggy weather in the mountains but this time it was all clear blue skies.
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It was chilly at night and in the mornings but the sun warmed us up quickly during the day.
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I took a ton of pictures so difficult to weed out the ones to use on my blog.
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As a matter of fact I took so many pictures I didn't even mind losing the ones I shot on the way there.
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When I'm on a trip I periodically look through my photos and delete the ones I don't want to keep.
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My camera asks do you want to delete current photo, selected photos or all the photos in the camera.
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The first night I accidentally said delete all photos in the camera.
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Fortunately I hadn't taken that many pictures when I deleted all of them.
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I took so many pictures during the rest of the trip that I didn't mind losing those from on the way there.
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It also made me be very careful the rest of the time when sorting through and deleting pictures I didn't want to keep.
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I've always been afraid I would accidentally delete all the pictures and am usually very careful about it.
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The shot below as well as a few above are from the arboretum in Asheville, NC.
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I had never been to that arboretum before although I've been to the area many times.
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The next shot is one I took on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Most of the shots are a mix from the road and on trails.
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For this post I tried to pick the ones where the sky was a feature of the shot.
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It's nice having a blue sky mixing in with the colorful leaves.
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The last day I was glad to have some swirling clouds to add to the all blue of the rest of the time.
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I took the last shot on the way home.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

ABC Wednesday: O is for orange

I have returned from an out of town road trip to the North Carolina mountains where orange is on display.
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I am able to spread out the fall/autumn color because the mountains are in the western part of my state and reach peak color a few weeks before the central part of North Carolina where I live.
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Since I quickly downloaded my photos and randomly picked some orange shots for this thrown together post it will be a bit rushed.
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We had an outstanding time in Brevard, NC as well as in Asheville, on hikes, and on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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We visited the NC Arboretum in Asheville where there was a lot of orange.
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There were orange butterflies on the remaining flowers.
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Everywhere we looked there were orange leaves on the trees.
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Next is a shot of Looking Glass Rock which I took on the Blue Ridge Parkway today as we headed home.
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Next are some more orange leaves on trees above a roadside rock face.
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I'm going ahead and posting this early for ABC Wednesday since I'm not doing Our World Tuesday this week.

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