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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Weekend in Black and White: Little Junco

I don't know why the little junco was searching for food in my boot prints.
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I guess the larger birds may have been monopolizing the places with fresh dry seed mixes.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: The Sky on Jaunuary 29, 2014

I spotted the handsome hawk in the first shot from my bedroom window on Wednesday morning.
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I wanted a pretty snow and have enjoyed finally getting a ground cover.
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 In spite of being very cold, I managed to go on a walk for the 22nd day in a row.
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Monday was unusually warm but other than that the weather has been extremely cold lately.
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I laugh every time I walk past the mailbox above.
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 All day the sun couldn't make up its mind.
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There would be some blue and then the sun would hide again.
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 I walked to the park near my house.
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 I followed the trail to the creek because I wanted to take some shots.
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 I didn't try to go all the way to the lake on this walk.
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 It takes more energy when I'm walking carefully because I don't want to slip and slide.
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We had a pretty sunset which surprised me because prior to sunset the sky went grey again.
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However, the sun came out long enough to put on a show at the end of the day.
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I took a lot of sky shots on other days this week which I may use in the future but picking one day a week for Sky Watch has been working for me recently.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ABC Wednesday: C is for Caution

Careful at the crossing cause the train is a coming . . . 
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I'd hate to crash and be crunched cause I lacked caution.
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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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Thursday, January 23, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Another Single Day

Last week I showed you the skies of a single day.
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I decided to do the same thing this week.
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The day I picked didn't have much of a sunrise but the moon setting at day break was lovely and so were the clouds.
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I took a lot of sky shots during a lunch break walk in downtown Durham, NC.
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The sky was changing fast during my walk.
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I like photographing the sky and scenery in the winter when the trees are bare.
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 I have a fascination with railroad tracks.
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 I like the way the modern building peaks up through the older buildings.
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 The weather vane in the shot below appealed to me even though I could barely see it.
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The red benches pop out amidst the increasingly gray sky.
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Although I like to work from home in Raleigh, NC I also enjoy having different photo opportunities during breaks when I go to the office in Durham.
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I had a long break between meetings after I finished up some work on a computer in the office building.
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 I like the mix of styles in the architecture.
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The sky added to the drama of the Durham Auditorium below.
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 I couldn't have asked for more from the sky.
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 There's a new building going up in the shot below.
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There wasn't much of a sunset that evening but we did get a little snow that night.
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 I think it almost looks like a shower of stars.
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