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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nature Notes and Our World Tuesday: Sun out on Sunday

We had a wet chilly week but the sun came out on Sunday.

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One day the highs were a degree or two above freezing with pouring down rain.

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Except for driving issues, I'd rather have snow than a cold rain.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Nature Notes and Our World Tuesday: the week past

This post includes photographs I took between January 12 and January 18. 

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It was a mixed week with mostly overcast skies, rain, and freezing rain but the sun did come out from time to time.

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I managed to get some ice shots Wednesday morning while giving my car a chance to defrost and for the tow trucks to move the early accidents out of the way.

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Part of the creek feeding into Shelley Lake have frozen but the lake itself hasn't frozen yet.

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The lake doesn't freeze every winter but the past 4 or 5 years it has frozen over for at least part of the winter.

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I know the water birds like it better when it doesn't freeze.

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The lake shots are ones I took on Saturday.

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Saturday was sunny with warmer temperatures but the wind made it feel much colder than it was.

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This week is supposed to be mild but we have a chance of snow over the weekend (January 23).

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I would enjoy a pretty weekend snow but don't want to deal with the commute from Raleigh to Durham in the snow.

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There are too many nuts that drive the route I go to work on.

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Even in perfect conditions they weave in and out to gain an inch and usually lose their gains even if they don't cause wrecks.

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It amuses me when cars cut in front of me and then change lanes and cut in front of people beside me and in the end I stay in my lane being careful and pass them when they get stuck in a lane not moving.  Click here for nature notes and here for Our World Tuesday.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Our World Tuesday and Nature Notes: Brrrrrrrrr

Like much of the U.S. the mid and late part of this past week was cold in my neck of the woods.

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I particularly feel for the birds.

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Now that I'm commuting to work instead of working from home I can't change out the water as much as other winters but I do it when I can.

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I guess I really need one of those heated bird baths but we usually don't have long winters like some places so I have put it off. Click here for Our World Tuesday and here for Nature Notes.




Friday, January 9, 2015

The Weekend in Black and White: evergreens and deciduous trees

Not the best shot but I liked the contrast in texture between evergreens and deciduous trees at the lake.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

SkyWatch Friday: First Week of January

I sneaked some sunrise shots on the way to work Tuesday.

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I'd gotten better about not trying to take any driver shots but I have cheated lately.

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I rationalize by shooting blind as in I keep my eye on the road not on what I'm shooting.

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I wished I could have taken time with my sunrise moon shots but I was surprised to get them at all.

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The shots above and below were taken Wednesday morning before I got into my car.

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I took the next shot at the stop light before I got out of my subdivision.

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I caught another stop light shot on the road I take to the bypass.

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Next a blind shot I took on the bypass.

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Wednesday afternoon when I left work, I took a few shots before getting in my car.

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It was almost too cold to take the time for a few shots.

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Last, one I took heading onto the highway going home.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Nature Notes and Our World Tuesday: Photographs I took on the first day of 2015

I took some shots of Jack Frost's visit to the leaves in my back yard.

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I liked the light on my nandina bush.

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Bill and I went on a walk mid morning as we usually do on New Year's day.

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The shallow parts of the stream and marsh had some ice.

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It was a beautiful day.

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I thought the Canada Geese were posing for me.

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The cormorants looked like they were standing guard.

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I almost missed the heron hiding in the woods.

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A good day to start off the new year followed by a rather wet but warmer weekend.

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