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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ABC Wednesday: T is for truck


Three Trucks Two Trees

There are actually branches from many more trees but I liked the phrase best for T. The leaves are mostly gone from the trees in the shot below. I took it early last week.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Our World Tuesday: Third week in November

It's starting to feel like winter.
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We've had back and forth weather with the coldest nights and days being clear and the rainy ones being above freezing.
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Most of the trees are bare after a windy day but a few are clinging to some leaves.
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On a warmer day a bunch of American Robins monopolized the bird baths.
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I have robins year round but in the winter they stick to the trees for the most part and I don't see as many at the bird baths.
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The oak leaves are falling fast.
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The shots with the most leaves on the trees are ones I took earlier last week except for one tree I'll mention later in this post.
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The bare limbs make it easier to see the birds grasping for food that's left.
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I love this time of the year.
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The house finch, sparrow and cardinal were hanging out at a bird bath I needed to fill.
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I usually wait to refill the bird baths until the birds have flown off rather than interrupt them.
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The past few days I've had to get ice out of the bird bath in the morning.
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This morning the bird baths refroze during the day so I emptied the ice out again mid day.
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The tree below is my neighbor's and I can see it from my bedroom window. It is always the last tree to get it's fall leaves and the last to drop them.
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The male cardinal below looks like he is trying to tell me something.
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Perhaps he was trying to remind me to get the ice out of his bath which I did.
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The bluejay below was going to the bath and back to the tree every few minutes.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: November is still colorful where I live

Even in the fog the autumn leaves stand out.
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We continue to have a mix of rainy and sunny days.
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I have had another week full of sky photography.
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The sky changes so much even over a few hours.
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I'm seeing more of the sky through bare leaves but many trees haven't dropped their leaves yet.
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I caught the moon one morning before it went to sleep for the day.
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When I go to the office for meetings I always snap a few shots.
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The crepe myrtle below is on the curb of the parking lot I use.
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The crepe myrtle trees at my house have already lost their leaves unlike the one above. The shot below is of one of the few houses on a downtown block in Durham that's mostly offices.
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The house in the next shot was converted to be used for offices.
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I never tire of photographing water towers. 
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We've had a great mix of clouds.
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 The shot above and below is of the same Japanese Maple.
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I spotted a lace collar across the sky below.
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The next shot is of one of the oak trees in my front yard.
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Next a long piece of lace.
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The next shot shows branches from two of my three oak trees.
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Next a mix of clouds and oak tree limbs.
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The last shot is of the clouds above pine trees and a bare limb tree I shot from my back yard.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ABC Wednesday: S is for Sweep

Someone needs to sweep their stairs and sidewalk.
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I'll let you in on a secret. That someone is ME.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Our World Tuesday: Foggy Sunday

Most of Sunday was foggy which I find magical when it isn't an every day occurrence.
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My neighbor's Japanese Maple brightens up my street.
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It's such a vivid color in the fall right before the leaves drop. In the shot below on the top right my oak leaves are blending into the maple with their red color.
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We went for a Sunday walk at Shelley Lake as we often do.
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Since the trail that leads to the lake is at the end of the street in my subdivision I used to walk around this lake almost every day.
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I need to get back into the habit of daily walks.
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I like walking during the cooler seasons more than in the summer so there isn't any reason for me not to try to get back into the swing of walking more.
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There are also a lot of alternate trails near me that follow the creeks that feed into the lakes.
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There's something mysterious about fog.
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Lately we've had sunny skies on Sunday even when other days are gray but I didn't mind having a gray foggy Sunday this week.
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The duck below stayed under water for long periods of time while fishing.
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The boat house is closed for the winter.
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The cormorants weren't on the pilings like they usually are this time of the year.
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It looks like the reflection from the Canada Goose is kissing the gull.
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I love the way the ducks created abstracts in the water.
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There was a diverse group of ducks hanging out.
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Although many trees have lost their leaves, quite a few are still colorful.
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There weren't as many people walking, probably because of the foggy day.
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It was warmer than it has been lately although still slightly cool in the morning.
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