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Sunday, October 23, 2016

NC Mountain to Sea Trail Sunday walk

Bill and I walked on part of the NC Mountain and Sea trail today that we haven't walked on before.

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Living in central NC the walk is through the woods near Falls Lake and the Neuse river.

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We are slowly getting more and more fall color.

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Still plenty of green but I'm guessing by early November we'll be close to peak color.

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Part of the trail was flooded but we were able to walk around the wet and muddy part.

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I like the way there are so many different places to hike near where I live.

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I had to push aside tree limbs to get some of the colorful shots.

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I think I like fall colors reflected in the water as much as the way they look on the trees.

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There are more and more shadows as leaves drop.

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At the end of this post is a shot I took of fungi.

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While I was photographing it someone walked up and asked if I was taking it home with me.

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He said it was really good to eat and I'm sure he was right but I am too paranoid to gather fungi for cooking in the woods.

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After I finished photographing it the man gathered all of the fungi.

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There were three just like the one below.

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The next shot is when I was pulling back into my neighborhood.

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I took the last shot outside of Office depot.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Early Fall in Central NC

The central part of NC where I live in is still in the early part of fall.

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We are usually two to three weeks behind the NC mountains. 

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It's starting to look more and more like fall since the maples and dogwoods and a few other trees have put on their fall clothes.

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The oak trees are among the last to change.

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Living in a city with the nickname "City of Oaks" means until the oaks change colors we still have a lot of green.

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My oaks haven't started changing at all yet.

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But I have a lot of dogwoods in my yard and neighborhood which is making it colorful.

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There also still a lot of flowers blooming.

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The Japanese Magnolia above is not supposed to bloom until spring.

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Although it's my next door neighbor's tree I think of it as mine since I see it from my kitchen window and I've seen numerous families move in and out of that house.

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The first bunch of shots are ones I took yesterday at home and running errands.

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I took the lake and trail shots today on the Falls Lake trail.

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The magnolia I mentioned has bloomed too early before and lost the flowers to snow or hard freeze when tricked by a mild winter but by too early I mean February.

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It's hard to imagine what will happen since it's already blooming in October. 

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If it was just the few blossoms I wouldn't be concerned.

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What worries me is that it's full of buds that shouldn't have started forming until late winter.

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Bizarre to have buds and flowers before the leaves drop.

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That type of magnolia loses it's leaves in the fall unlike the larger magnolias that keep their leaves year round.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

What a difference a day makes

We are just starting to move into fall so every time I see fall colors (especially when I'm not the driver) I have to snap the shot.
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The reason for the title of this post is yesterday we had very heavy rain but today was sunny.

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I lost power for much of the day yesterday and into the evening but felt lucky since the coast was hit so much harder than where I live.

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Bill and I went for a walk at the NC museum of art park and although there were signs of the storm it wasn't bad.

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There were a lot of families taking advantage of the beautiful day.

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The pictures aren't in a logical sequence. 

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I'm having trouble getting used to using photobucket again.

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My flicker account is acting up so I switched back to photobucket for this post.

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If I don't go ahead and blog on the weekend, I don't get to it.

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As I've mentioned before commuting to work does take a lot more out of me than when I worked from my computer at home so I don't blog as much.

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By the way, the tree that looks like it's holding a boulder (photo 3, 6 and 7) or maybe a dinosaur egg is new to me and I haven't found any information about it online. I also didn't notice a plaque but I didn't dawdle except to take pictures.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

First Walk in October

Bill and I went on a walk on the Neuse River Greenway trail today.

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The paved trail is 27.5 miles long and seems to be popular with cyclist.

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I think of it as being outside of Raleigh, NC but it's part of the Capital Area Greenway System. 

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September was the hottest month of the summer which isn't unheard of but that hasn't happened in a long time.

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I don't know if the red tree is a young pine that is ready to drop it's needles or not but I like the way it looks.

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I can't really complain since June was quite cool and it didn't get very hot until July.

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I don't think it has been a hotter summer than usual here.

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It just started to get hot later and didn't get cooler until later.

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Today was perfect for a walk.

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Looking ahead at the weather I think it will be quite pleasant next week although there will be some storms.

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There are starting to be signs of fall but plenty of wildflowers remain.

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