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Saturday, February 13, 2016

January 31 through February 13, 2016

The last day of January was perfect for a walk at the NC Museum of Art Park.

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It always takes me time to decide about new art installations in the park (at least a couple of years).

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I still haven't decided how I feel about the one above.

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I like the way landscapes look in the winter.

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I particularly like grasses that are allowed to grow naturally and remain un-mowed when they die back in the winter.

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I've photographed the next sculpture many times.

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Same with the one below but they are both favorites of mine in terms of the outdoor installations.

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A little tree is trying to come up.

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It was nice to have a break in the winter temperatures before they started falling again.

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I photographed the mackerel sky below at the beginning of February.

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The rest of the shots were taken at my house during the first two weeks of February.

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I only feed the birds during bad weather but it's been so cold lately I've helped them out some (male cardinal above and male rufous-sided towhee below).

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I like the markings on the mourning doves feathers.

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Winter is a good time for me to catch sunsets.

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I enjoy watching the female cardinals (below) as well as the more flamboyant males. 

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Carolina chickadees are the first to take advantage of free food but move so fast they're hard to catch with my camera.

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Below is a female Rufous-sided towhee.

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The blue jay was among the first to take advantage of fresh water once I got the ice out.

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I'm starting to get quite a collection of ice circles.

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The mourning doves look like one is look-out.

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I get cold just looking at the female cardinal bathing.

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6 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The birds are great and I'm glad you're helping them out in the cold. I never have understood how chickadees manage to stay alive -- I swear they expend more energy grabbing one seed at a time than they take in by eating it. (We didn't have Carolina ones, but whatever cousin of them live in Oregon). I like the winter landscapes too. What IS that magically suspended flag made out of? It might take me a while to get used to as well, though it is very colorful and that's fun. I am very fond of outdoor art and love your favorites too.

Denise inVA said...

That's a lovely series of photographs. It is a beautiful park. I like the sculptures a lot, and agree with you on the favorites. I loved your bird shots and your ice rings :)

Rambling Woods said...

I am not sure about the first piece..... But I love the burds

Carver said...

Thanks for visiting. To answer the question, I don't know what the first piece is made of. It's new enough not to be on the online site that has descriptions of the installation and artist. I forgot to photograph the plaque beside it which I sometimes do at museums.

YTSL said...

It looks like you've been having some beautiful weather. It's such a boon for those of us who like the outdoors and to take photos. :)

Photo Cache said...

These don't look like winter photos isn't it? WE've been having mild winter so far as well.

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