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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Our World Tuesday: Moving into late January

I like to see grasses in downtown areas that are allowed to follow their natural life cycle and provide habitat for birds.
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The first six photographs were taken Tuesday in downtown Durham, NC.
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I caught a glimpse of the turtle out of the corner of my eye and was startled for the gazillionth time.
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I got caught by a train on the way to work for the first time in 16 years.
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I caught my reflection photographing the reflection below.
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I love to capture clouds in buildings.
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Back home in Raleigh, NC I played around photographing the evening snow.
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 We didn't get much snow but it stayed bitter cold until the end of the weekend.
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The little bit of snow had the sugar frosted look I associate more with frost.
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 Keeping fresh water in the bird baths has been a challenge because they refreeze so fast. The female cardinal went straight to the fresh water.
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 The chickadee below watched me putting out a mix of bird food.
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 The female rufous-sided towhee below was enjoying breakfast.
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 Although we only got a dusting of snow it was so cold that walking each step went snap crackle pop.
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 The puppies below were very rambunctious.
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 The junco below was enjoying a snack.
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On Thursday I was surprised to see the Canadian Geese on the baseball field.
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 Friday I walked at Shelley Lake and it was a lot colder than it looks.
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It was 16 F (-8.8 C) with the wind chill at 8 F (-13.3 C) at noon when I started walking during the warmer part of the day in Raleigh, NC.
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The great blue heron above was scouting food at the base of the dam while the cormorants and gulls were at the fish feeding station.
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The mallards were pushing aside ice in a shallow place about a 1/2 mile from the dam and burrowed deep for food.
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 I was surprised that most of the lake didn't freeze as long as it stayed cold.
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Looks like the Canada Goose is losing a feather below.
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 The creeks all have a lot of ice.
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 I wish I knew what went into ice forming on the banks shown below. It looks like plastic but it's ice.
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11 comments:

Penelope Postcards said...

The turtle is very startling, indeed, and so realistic! Looks like it is quite cold in your neck of the woods and the little birds are depending on you for food and water. I like the idea of taking a train to work. It would be lovely to have more passenger trains and less cargo carrying freight trains in my world!

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello Dear Carver!
I am delighted photographs ...
Lovely pictures. Cold winter is not conducive to the birds. It is difficult to them for food.
I'll tell you, I miss you already spring.
Greetings from distant and cold Polish.
Lucia

Karen said...

Another great series! Love that turtle sculpture, and the heron shots are terrific! I wish it warm up here a bit, minus 24 is way to cold for going on a walk.

Sylvia K said...

A great series indeed, Carver!! Love the turtle and the birds are SO lovely!! Thanks for sharing the fun and the beauty, as always! Hope you have a great week!

Fun60 said...

That is really cold. You did well to go out and take so many photos I think I would probably stay home in the warmth.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You'd think that goose would want to hold on to all the feathers he cold in that weather!

artmusedog and carol mckenna said...

All very excellent and well done photography ~ a mazing that turtle and the little puppies and snow and birds and on and on ~ A Delight!
thanks, carol
www.acreativeharbor.com

Rajesh said...

Wonderful set of images. That turtle is huge.

ladyfi said...

Oh, a lovely set of shots. You can't beat blue skies and snow!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful collection of images, Carver! I love the turtle and all the birds. The reflections are pretty. Stay warm and have a happy week!

Indrani said...

You take such creative shots, all different subjects too!
Each one is interesting.

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