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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Our World Tuesday and Nature Notes: Spring is in the Air


 The first montage is of nature shots I took in my yard and neighborhood over the past six days. The brown thrasher was calling for a mate in my tree. The bottom right shot of flower petals on the ground almost look like snow to me.

Natworldhomnei

The second montage is of a walk at Fallon Park this Saturday which is in the neighborhood where I grew up. The field of buttercups reminded me of my childhood when we would make long necklaces in this park with the buttercups. From what was left on the picnic table I'm guessing some children picked more than they needed for necklaces. I rarely go to this park because there are so many parks near where I live now but whenever I visit someone or have an errand in that part of town I like to check out the old neighborhood park.

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The last montage is from a walk at Shelley Lake, which is in the subdivision where I've lived for the past 30 years, that Bill and I went on today (Sunday). I would have missed the deer if a helpful man hadn't told me where they were. Sometimes people see my camera around my neck and will tell me about various things. Once someone told me where to look for a juvenile bald eagle and people often mention where the herons are. The cormorant in the shot above the deer stayed in that posture for a long time. The top left shot in the group below is of an area of wetlands and generally has a lot of water but it looks like it was dredged for some reason I can't guess. A lot of water birds nest near that area and I hope the dredging didn't upset them.

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23 comments:

Leora said...

Isn't spring delightful when you've had a long winter? Love your montages. I always like seeing your lake. Enjoying your thrasher.

Naquillity said...

so many wonderful pictures. spring through fall seems to offer so many opportunities for good photos. have a great day~

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Isn't it great being looked after like this?
I met a professional, though, and she wanted me to tell her where our Great horned owl was. I refused. There is enough traffic on the road as it is!
There was another pro who sat there all day, blocking the road.
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The leftover necklace parts brought back lovely memories and touched my heart!

I too love it when people point out photo ops.

Recently learned that cormorants have to dry their feathers; they aren't coated to be waterproof (like ducks' feathers are, so that's why they sit so long with their wings spread out like that.

ladyfi said...

Such pretty shots!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful captures and perfect pictures of spring!! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing the beauty, Carver! Hope you have a great week!!

Fun60 said...

Three wonderful montages heralding the beginning of Spring.

Judy said...

Oh man, I need to head south if I want to see spring ;)
Pretty pictures.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely series of montages ~ beautiful photography for OWT ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (a creative harbor)

eileeninmd said...

Lovely spring images, Carver. We are still not seeing any blossoms in my area yet.. I love your cute Thrasher and the pretty deer.
Enjoy your new week!

Penelope Puddlisms said...

I gravitated to the strewn buttercups and tree branches leaving shadows on the path floor. Parks near where you were raised and now where you live have surely enhanced the love of nature I see in your posts.

Photo Cache said...

april seems to be the time to go out and shoot something. there's always something blooming, growing, flying, crawling, etc.

happy spring.

Carole M. said...

interesting collages; a lovely series. Let's hope the lack of water doesn't affect the return of the waterbirds. It's not because of a period of drought? ...

Indrani said...

Very pleasing collages. You get such wonderful sights to frame.

Marie said...

Three gorgeous areas! Oh, that forsythia! And the sweet deer. Gorgeous views!

Karen said...

How gorgeous Carver! Beautiful spring collages. We are still waiting here.

Rambling Woods said...

I love the montages Carver..You have so much to enjoy where you live and it must be so nice to take a walk and enjoy spring..Michelle

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wonderful neighbors. And such a nice place to live!

aishasoasis said...

Gorgeous photos, esp. The deer and that nice winding road by the lake. Greetings from egypt!

NatureFootstep said...

so nice to see spring coming all over the "top of the world" thanks for sharing your part. :)

Mike said...

Wow! So many great photos!

Elizabeth said...

I absolutely love your pictures! Since you seem to do a lot of exploring around north Raleigh, can I ask for some advice? A group of my friends are planning to take pictures for prom this Saturday- have you seen any nice spots? We're thinking about going to a nice little part of Lake Lynn with a gazebo. Any other suggestions? (Preferably with some springtime flora?)

Carver said...

Thanks Elizabeth. This isn't North Raleigh but the Raleigh Little Theatre rose gardens would be a good place. Also, the J.C. Raulston Arboretum would be a good place too. Here's a link to the arboretum site- http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/index.php That's near NCSU.

The RLT Rose Garden is at 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh NC 27607 also near NCSU.

As far as North Raleigh, Lake Lynn where you mentioned would be a nice place.

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