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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ABC Wednesday: C is for Culvert

Part of a trail near my house as well as part of the road was undergoing construction until recently. 
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After they finished I realized they were putting in a new culvert which I photographed in the first shot. The second shot is of another culvert.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Our World Tuesday: Icy Scenes

I was happy when I saw snow in the forecast for Friday because I've been hoping for a nice fluffy snow.
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It ended up being a small amount of snow, followed by sleet and freezing rain. Basically a repeat of what we had the prior week.
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I enjoyed having icicles to photograph but I still want a decent snow. The shot above is of my sundial and the one below is of the icicles on my chimney cover.
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Perhaps we'll get some snow before winter is over.
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The male cardinal above was feasting on some treats I put out in honor of the bad weather.
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The bluejay above had icy tail feathers so it was literally freezing its tail off. The rufous-sided towhee below was in a dry spot feeding on the deck wall where it joins my house.
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The nandina berries below had a coating of ice.
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Two female cardinals, a rufous-sided towhee and a sparrow were partying.
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The yellow-rump warbler was digging for seeds that were covered with ice but I put fresh ones out after I took the shot.
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The female cardinal in the next shot was also eating on my deck wall.
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Normally I avoid shots which show the part of the deck wall which has been damaged but since the icicles formed, I included some damaged wall portions in this post. The next shot is of my next door neighbor's car.
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The sparrow looked uncertain about the water in the bird bath. Probably because the fresh water I added was quickly freezing.
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I used to keep bird feeders up but in recent years, I only feed the birds in bad weather. I turn my deck into one great big bad weather feeding station.
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The junco above and another below were taking advantage of the bad weather food.
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I didn't see any cedar waxwings during the snow, sleet and freezing rain but the gang of them below were having a drink the day before the storm.
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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Weekend in Black and White: Cedar Waxwings

In the winter, cedar waxwings flock to my trees and watch me remove the ice from their bird bath. As soon as I put the fresh water in I get my camera and photograph them through the door windows.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: Blue Skies Dominate for a Change

After one snowy wintery mix evening, blue has dominated the sky for a change.
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I've enjoyed the blue skies because we've had more than our share of gray.
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We did have one late afternoon that made me think of Edgar Allen Poe.
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I like the way the afternoon light hit the bare branches in the next shot.
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There is a bronze quality to winter afternoon light on the trees, when the sun is out.
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There is a small moon in the next shot on the left.
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Then I zoomed in on the moon for a closer look.
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On a weekend walk I took a bunch of shots of the gulls at the lake.
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 It was chilly and they were very active.
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I definitely made up for an absence of blue in prior weeks by shooting the blue skies during this week.
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I took a lot of pictures of the great blue heron in the pine tree and have already posted other shots of this same bird.
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Every morning the cedar waxwings gather in the tree over my deck and wait for me to get the ice out of the bird bath and add fresh water.
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Another shot of the moon several days after the one I posted before.
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The American Robins also watch for fresh water.
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Below is a cedar waxwing I shot another morning.
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And here's a group of them on yet another morning.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ABC Wednesday: B is for Brevard

Brevard, NC is a small town in the southern NC mountain range.
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Brevard is close to Asheville which I used for A of this round.
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The first two shots are in downtown Brevard and the last one was taken heading out of Brevard this fall.
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Our World Tuesday: Wintry Mix

Thursday night we finally got a little snow.
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It was coming down hard for a while but later switched to freezing rain that beat down the snow and formed an ice layer over night.
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The next morning it looked like snow until I got out and started crunching ice with each step.
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I would still like a nice fluffy snow but this was better than nothing.
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My St. Francis statue was adorned with an ice cap.
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Some of the trees had a little bit of the white stuff.
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I put out a few treats for the birds.
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My stone frog wore icy garments for a while.
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Some premature camellias wore icy hats.
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The ivy went snap, crackle, pop when I walked through it.
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The nandina berries looked pretty in their winter clothes.
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On closer inspection you can see how the ice formed over the snow.
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I bet the female cardinal's feet were cold.
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By Sunday most of the ice and snow was melted and I caught an air ballet at the lake performed by the gulls.
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I spotted a great blue heron high up in a pine tree.
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