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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Our World and Nature Notes: Last Week of March




We have had a very wet March and for that matter we've had a wet four years or so.

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I'd rather have too much rain than too little and at this point I'm happy when it doesn't freeze. We only had one morning with black ice this past week.

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The mourning dove above was all puffed out on a cold morning and the female cardinal below took a bath in the sun a little later.

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During a neighborhood walk I spotted the squirrel below on his own feeder.

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I'm not sure if the warbler was getting ready to join the woodpecker but I like the way he looks like he's poised in mid air. 

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I like the way I can see more of the sky from my windows while many of the trees are still naked.

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I think nuthatches are so much fun to watch.

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The way they dart up and down trees  makes it hard for me to photograph them.

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Below the brown thrasher was facing a bird it scared off the deck wall. Although I didn't catch the bird that was in the air I did capture his shadow.

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I think brown thrashers have crazy looking eyes.

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 The male cardinal below looks like a tree hugger.

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The ravens below look like a handsome couple hanging out on the branch.

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I'm surprised how well some of the tree's flowers are doing while others couldn't take the cold snap.

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Even on gray days there is color to be found.

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I was envious of how well the hellebores below were doing because mine didn't fare well this year.

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I started to photograph the flock below on one tree but by the time I focused they had flown to another tree which is where I caught them.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Today's Flowers: Last week of March

 

It is starting to feel like spring is here to stay.

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The Japanese Magnolias on my street didn't bloom this year because the buds turned brown during cold weather.

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I was surprised to see the Japanese Magnolia (above) around the corner from me blooming this week.

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My camellias lost a lot of flowers (buds turned brown when it got too cold) but the one above bloomed with only a touch of brown.

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I like the garden boxes a neighbor has beside their front steps.

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I'm glad there are still some daffodils blooming.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Photohunters: Bird and Trees


The main problem I had combining the themes, bird and trees, was that I have too many choices.

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I decided to narrow it down by picking one shot per year of a bird or bird(s) in a tree or trees.

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I took the first shot on December 27, 2010; the second on May 28, 2011 and the third on November 23, 2012.

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I didn't spend a lot of time trying to pick the best shots but I picked ones that mean something to me for different reasons.

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I took the fourth shot on January 21, 2013 and the fifth shot on March 25, 2014.

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The Weekend in Black and White: reflecting



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Click for the home of the weekend in black and white.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Late March



I can't believe that we are already nearing the end of March.

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 I might as well say, I can't believe . . ., about the past couple of decades.

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It is so strange the way time goes so much slower when you're young but speeds up into warp drive with age.

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I feel like every time a turn around a year has passed by.

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I realize that everyone may not experience time in the same way.

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For me, the first decade or so of my life went by very slowly.

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Time started accelerating gradually in my twenties and thirties.

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My 40s zipped along at a fast pace.

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Towards the end of this year I'll turn 57 and I feel like if I blink I'll be moving into the next decade.

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I suppose there are some advantages to time speeding up for me.

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If I have a bad year it will be over before I have time to get depressed.

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I'm over simplifying the time issue but I know when I was younger if I was having a bad day it would seem to go on forever.

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At this point in my life, nothing seems to last forever.

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Boy have I gone off on a tangent that has nothing to do with the sky.

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Then again sky watching is a good way to mark the passage of time.

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The position and size of the moon changes throughout the month marking time within the month.

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The length of day and night changes through the seasons marking time within the year.

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If I knew more about astronomy, I guess I would notice the sky changes based on decades and even what century we're in. 

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