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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Sunrise to sunset on the last day of 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR ! 




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I decided to use photographs beginning with the last sunrise of 2014 and ending with the last sunset of 2014.

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It was a cold and frosty morning but the sun came out which was nice after a few days of cold rain.

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There were a lot of frozen puddles and I had to scrape my windshield but I was glad that once the temperatures dropped it stopped raining so we didn't have an ice storm.

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2014 ended with a great sky watching day and the sun warmed up the day slightly.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

See you in the New Year

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I'm taking a brief break from blogging. For those who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a peaceful and happy one. For those with other sacred and or secular days to celebrate I hope they are happy and peaceful too! Be back in a couple of weeks as the new year begins. In spite of my photo, I'm actually not flying or traveling anywhere but need a break from blogging.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nature Notes and Our World Wednesday: Second Week of December

On the way to work several days this week, the ground was covered in such thick frost it looked like snow.

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It wasn't safe to photograph and drive so I didn't get the frosty shots.

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The cold days were sunny so by lunchtime walks the frost was gone.

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So far, the wet days and nights have stayed above freezing and the cold ones have been sunny.

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We had one day when it was only a couple of degrees above freezing with a hard rain.

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I got some shots of my backyard birds this weekend.

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I didn't see any american robins this weekend.

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Although we have robins year round they tend to stay in the trees and protected areas when it's cold.

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The cardinal above and below looked like a flower or berry from a distance.

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The brown thrasher below stayed still against my deck wall for a long time.

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Another Sunday with a perfect day for walking at the lake.

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The evergreens keep the walk around the lake green after all the other trees have dropped their leaves.

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It is strange how every Sunday for months has been the best day for a walk.

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The gulls were out in full force.

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I didn't even see the great blue heron on the left hand side of the shot below until I downloaded the picture.

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The cormorant below was still as a statue.

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I like the shadows I get in the winter from the trees.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Through My Bedroom Window

The most spectacular skies I saw over the past seven days were when I was driving and couldn't take a picture. One morning when the moon was full, I saw the moon through my windshield ahead of me and behind me a golden sunrise looks more like a spaceship chasing me than the sun. Since it was too dangerous to photograph the sky while driving, I'll settle for a shot I took tonight at the end of the day through my bedroom window.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nature Notes and Our World: Early December Weekend

Saturday was mild and rainy.

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The American Robins were out in full force.

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They were getting a shower and bath all at once.

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Flocks of birds were swarming into the bare trees.

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The last of the leaves were blown off by the wind and rain.

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I don't see how birds maneuver without running into each other when they swarm into a tree together.

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Sunday was cold and sunny.

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A perfect day for walking at the lake.

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The evergreens keep some year round color going around the lake.

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There were still a lot more cormorants at the lake than I'm used to seeing any time of the year.

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As I mentioned last week, usually I only see cormorants on the pilings (five or six at most) in the fall and winter and then they disappear in the summer.

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The gulls are the same in terms of leaving in the summer and returning in the fall but the cormorants are almost outnumbering the gulls this year.

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There aren't as many canada geese or mallards at the lake as I'm used to.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Today's Flowers: Bittersweet berries on my deck wall

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No flowers but berries in late fall and winter brighten me up the way flowers do. Click for the home of Today's Flowers.



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