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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Our World Tuesday: Saturday

Saturday morning I had an unexpected family of four visit my deck.
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I live in a residential neighborhood and didn't know there were any foxes in the area. 
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I was quite surprised that 2 adult and 2 much smaller younger foxes came to my deck for a drink of water and to eat berries off the vines.
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After that we drove about an hour east to Wilber's Barbecue for lunch.
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I would have been much less surprised if there were foxes in the rural areas we drove through than to have them arrive on my deck like they did.
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Although I imagine the farmers wouldn't have been as pleased to see the foxes as I was.
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This was my first time eating at Wilber's barbecue. We usually stop at a place a little further southeast on the way to the beach for barbecue.
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Bill had read an article about an older man who has been the cook at Wilber's for a long time and was going to retire soon.
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He suggested we drive to Goldsboro to eat there Saturday before the cook retired.
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It was definitely a busy place between the vegetable stand out front and the restaurant inside.
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The cook uses a slow cooking method out back over oak wood embers.
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In the back of the parking lot there was a large cornfield.
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At the far end of the parking lot there was a large flower stand.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: Clouds colorring my word

It's a good thing I love clouds because we are getting a lot of them daily.
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Below the clouds in the next shot I spotted the moon.
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I zoomed in on the moon for the next shot.
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After a downpour the sun came out shortly before setting.
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That happened last week too.
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It always catches me by surprise to see a colorful sunset after a rainy afternoon.
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There has been a lot of variety in the cloudy skies.
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I snapped the last shot while I was driving but there wasn't very much traffic and I didn't look at the viewfinder. I clicked the shot and hoped for the best. My camera was around my neck so I didn't have to hold it.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ABC Wednesday: X

I spy an X with my little eye.
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I did a similar X post once before except I'm using different photographs.
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You can probably tell I spotted these X shapes in different seasons.
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The final shot has an X made my trees crossing on the left (top half of shot) as well as the ones on the bridge.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: June 1 through June 19 in Central NC

The first week of June I skipped SkyWatch Friday because I was going out of town.
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Last week I used shots for SkyWatch Friday that I took when I was in Manhattan.
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This week I decided to look through all the sky shots I've taken so far in June at home and work.
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In a way I was surprised by how many sky shots I've taken this month.
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We've continued to have a lot of rain and gray days.
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But we've also had partial clearing and a few sunny days each week.
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I feel like a broken record because this pattern has been going on for several years.
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I recently heard on the radio that all of North Carolina has had above average rainfall and none of the state is currently in a drought.
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In terms of the entire state I know parts of the state have had droughts in recent years.
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In terms of the triangle area of NC where I live, I think it's been almost 4 years since we've had a drought.
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Hard to believe because the last severe drought we had went on for a couple of years and I didn't think it would ever end.
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That prolonged drought is part of the reason I don't mind rainy days even though lately we've had more than our share of rain.
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The sunset pictures that follow were a surprise.
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We had a downpour and I'd shut my blinds for the night.
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I hadn't realized the rain had stopped but I noticed that my blinds were changing colors.
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I was glad I raised my blinds and caught this dramatic sunset.
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I've had that happen before. I'll think it will keep raining and be gray but I'll catch a burst of color hitting the blinds and I raise them.
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Some of my favorite sunsets are ones I almost miss because I've pulled down the blinds during an afternoon rainstorm.
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I love the way the clouds can paint the sky.
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 I guess the plus side of sky watching when there is a lot of rain is usually once it clears there are interesting clouds.
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Sometimes the interesting clouds will be against a blue sky before the sky turns dark and a storm moves in.
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Whatever way it works out I do love cloud formations of all kinds.
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It's probably because I like variety and clouds often offer an endless array of variety.
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