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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

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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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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Monday February 22 through March 6, 2016

Usually I don't like cars to get into my building shots but the green truck coordinated quite well with the green roof in downtown Durham, NC.

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The red car went with the red trim too.

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I don't usually spend much time walking on the parts of downtown Durham that are building intensive because I like to go to a garden near where I work.

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For a change it was fun shooting some of the older buildings.

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The next few shots were taken when I got home from work and the rain was so hard it was flooding my deck and walks.

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On my way home I heard a tornado warning about a group of cells in the general area where I worked and to seek immediate shelter.

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Since I was driving away from the tornado cells I sought shelter at home.

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I don't think there were any confirmed tornadoes that touched down but it was pretty intense.  The next day the weather turned cold but was beautiful.

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We've had some great skies to shoot.

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I love clouds in all shapes, forms and colors.

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The rest of the shots are from the first week of March.

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There are beginning to be more and more signs of spring although the weather goes back and forth.

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I like early spring signs that hold so much promise.

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I hope we can avoid any severe weather for awhile.

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Spring flowers can handle a bit of frost but drastic drops impact blooms.

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The average last frost where I live is early April.

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Trees like the one below always remind me of enchanted forests.

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There were a lot of trees down in the woods at Blue Jay Point Park in Wake County, NC.

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The woodland shots are from a walk there today (Sunday).

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It was chilly but a perfect day to walk.

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The Japanese Magnolias aren't doing well this year. They started budding out too fast when we had a warm spell during winter and then got zapped by ice storms.

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Most of the ones I have seen appear to have about half their normal amount of buds that look viable.

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