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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Fever 2016

Part of why I love early spring is I can still enjoy some naked trees which I like as well as ones beginning to flower.

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I had a bad case of spring fever this week so I went for a lunch time walk at work.

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When I primarily worked from home on the occasional days I had to work in the office I almost always went on photo walks.

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Now that I'm working at the office every day I like to get in early and leave early to avoid the worse part of the traffic and don't usually go on lunch time walks.

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I decided to bring my camera to work one day and go on a walk in honor of spring fever.

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I don't take photographs all the time like I used to.

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I do try to make sure not to miss captures of each season and seasonal changes.

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Probably my favorite season isn't a season at all.

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My favorite time is that in between point between each of the seasons.

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I like the first flowers as well as the lingering bare places and waving brown grasses.

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I started to say amber waves of grain and I do like the amber you sometimes get but I also like the browns and tans.

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For me the dots of color here and there from early flowers are more beautiful when the winter hues and tones are also around.

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I revel in each individual flower or flowering trees during early spring in ways that I don't during the peak growing season.

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I'm the same way at the end of summer when the first fall leaves begin to change.

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Seeing specific leaves that have changed to their fall colors and some of the late flowers that are hanging on after early frost delight me in a similar way to early spring.

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I took so many shots during my lunch time walk this week that I didn't eat my sandwich until I was back at my desk working.

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There are so many changes going on that I'm hoping we don't have anymore frost.

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The next 10 days, if the forecast holds, will continue to be mild but we still have over three to four weeks to go until the average last frost date.

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Although I only live less than 30 miles from where I work, the average last frost where I live is one week before the one where I work.

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All of the shots above except for the first one were taken in Durham, NC during a walk this past week.

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The previous shot and the rest of the shots were taken in Raleigh, NC where I live.

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This is certainly becoming a long illustration of spring fever.

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Although some of the Japanese Magnolias don't have very many blooms due to early buds getting zapped by low temperatures in winter, there are still a fair amount in my neighborhood.

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The next several shots were taken at Logan Trading Center today (Saturday) in Raleigh.

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Bill was picking up garlic and periwinkle and I picked up some wildflower seeds.

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The painted scene in the background of the next shot is on a trailer.

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I guess I'll end with one last shot I took after returning to my neighborhood.

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8 comments:

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I also love the barren garden and trees where colors and flowers start to pop in spring...such a beautiful sight!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I for one just wanted this post to go on an on forever. I love your meditation on 'between seasons' and I know just what you mean. And I miss that (it really doesn't happen down here in the subtropics). As I know I have told you so many times already that you are sick of hearing it.

I almost got stuck on your header shot of the daffodils and forgot to read the rest of your post (same two sentences as at the end of the previous paragraph ;>). They are so beautiful.

But oh how glad I am that I did read it. It is just beautiful where you work and where you live this time of year. I hope you don't get a bad frost either place.

Thanks for this lovely post; I really enjoyed the visit!! (I really wish I were there in real life ... or in Oregon ... just for a week even. It's nice here now too, but I do miss early Spring.)

ladyfi said...

Now this is my kind of fever! Gorgeous shots.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

All nice shots, especially the last one with the country house … brick and shutters and mailboxes remind me of what I imagine to be gentile days of old. Now that you mention it, the in between times of seasons has great appeal. The single little bud unfurling can be a more hopeful sign sometimes than a sea of flowers. :)

Photo Cache said...

Spring is such a joyful time of the year. It's impossible to be depressed when beautiful flowers are everywhere to enjoy.

Indrani said...

Enjoyed the series you have presented. The in between time between 2 seasons is indeed the best!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I really didn't think you'd have a new post yet -- I just came back for a daffodil fix! And magnolias. and so forth!

Denise inVA said...

Wonderful series of photos Carver. Lovely to see the spring flowers and your area. That is a great coyote statue, or maybe a wolf :) Enjoy your day. Great catching up.

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