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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday April 2 through Saturday April 8, 2017

Last Sunday Bill and I walked on a trail near Blue Jay Point that included a small part of the NC mountain to sea trail.

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I was impressed by a man that was walking very fast who we let pass us.

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He said, yesterday I got 8 miles in and I'm going for at least 7 today.

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I'm not good at guessing ages but my guess would be late 60s.

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We were feeling pretty good about going on a hike on Sunday after a 3 mile or so lake walk on Saturday.

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It wasn't so much about distance to me as how steep some of the hills are on the Sunday trail.

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A short hilly walk always gets me more than a long flat one so I was impressed by the speedy man walking so briskly up the hills.

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I loved seeing the new fern fronds, wildflowers and my first butterfly siting last Sunday.

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My neighborhood is looking very beautiful this spring.

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The tall azaleas at the bottom of my driveway look like trees particularly since the bottom blossoms were killed off in the cold March weather.

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I like the way they reach up and touch my oak trees.

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We had a windy day this past week where I had trouble driving.

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It was only a brief amount of time but I could feel the wind when I was steering which was odd.

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The bushes in the shot above and the one before it are what is usually my azalea wall but this year the bottom two thirds lost its buds before they bloomed. 

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The American Robins are getting busy.

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I like the early leaves as much as anything about spring.

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The bush below did better this year than any of my azaleas.

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It's usually the last to bloom but ordinarily that would be late April to early May.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

End of March beginning of April

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We're having a beautiful spring in spite of losses early due to dramatic temperature swings.

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I knew the dogwoods would be fine because they weren't part of the extra early budding that happened during a warmish February.

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Even with a lot of lost azalea blossoms they are starting to show me that they weren't all hit by the swings.

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This weekend couldn't be more perfect temperature and sun wise.

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Bill and I walked at lake lynn today. 

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It's only a few miles from my house.

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The only reason I don't walk there more is with Shelly Lake in my neighborhood I go there more.

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It's nice having so many good places to walk near by.

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The turtles were the big news today.

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I know there are always a lot of turtles at this lake in the spring but I wasn't thinking about it while walking.

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I might have missed them altogether if Bill hadn't pointed them out.

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The pair above looked like a parent putting its arm around a child.

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The shot above is another log with turtles (there were several).

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The funniest part was watching a turtle climb on its sibling (or that's my read on the relationships) and slide off into the water.

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I love the soft light colored new leaves of spring.

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The azalea below lost most of the lower two thirds of the bushes buds to low temperatures but the top part of the bush has burst into full bloom

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Dogwoods are the state flower in NC.

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They've always been a favorite flowering tree for me.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring rebounding

I am continuing to enjoy photographing the camellia blossoms that were zapped by the cold and instead of white look bronzed.

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We have gone back to spring temperatures and there is a surprising number of blooms considering how many started too early and were killed by cold.

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I love delicate blossoms on trees.

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Bill and I went to the WRAL Azalea garden today.

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As expected many of the azaleas bloomed too early and lost their buds and blooms before it was time to bloom.

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There were so many other flowers in bloom, I didn't miss the sparse azaleas.

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Normally this would still be too early for azaleas so, as I mentioned last week and probably the week before, it has been a strange year.

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Tulips are among my favorite flowers.

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I also love violets and pansies and they are starting to bloom.

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I love the way spring petals look after dropping to the ground.

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Overall it looks like this will be a beautiful spring.

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Considering we had a beautiful early spring in winter I've been enjoying spring intermittently for over a month already. 

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Returned to Winter and back to Spring

The week of March 13 saw a return to winter, temperature wise, although yesterday (Saturday) was moderate. 

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Today was chilly and sunny, pretty typical for early spring.

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After getting way ahead of themselves the azaleas blossoms were mostly a loss other than the early ones I enjoyed prior to winter's return.

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I'm sure I mentioned this last week but I've never seen azaleas bloom this early.

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I'm used to crocuses, camellias and daffodils in March where I live but azaleas usually hold off. 

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I took some road shots on the way to a paved walking trail that goes along the Neuse River in between Wake Forest and Raleigh, NC.

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I don't think I've ever seen a silo covered in vines before.

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I've seen a lot of barns covered in vines but not silos.

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Today (Sunday) was a perfect day for a walk.

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I like chilly weather when I walk especially when it's not too cold.

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Kind of like the 3 bears, not too hot, not too cold, just right. . .

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There were other walkers out but not like when the weather is warmer which is an advantage to slightly chilly weather.

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I could have done nothing but shoot the sky and I would have had a ton of shots.

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I like areas of tall grasses allowed to overwinter. I can image all the life that seeks shelter there.

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The paved trails are popular with cyclist but there weren't too many of them.

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There were a few solitary cyclist as well as a few children on their bicycles with parents running behind them.

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Some of the trees have the feathery look I associate with spring.

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There aren't too many flowering trees left since most lost flowers after the cold snap.

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There have also been a fair amount of trees starting new leaves that are now curling up and look ready to drop.

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My neighbor's Japanese Maple is one of those. Still looks pretty but the early spring leaves are mostly dead so not sure what will happen to it. 

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I remember one other year when a lot of trees leafed out too early and they did start another bunch of spring leaves but didn't do very well for an entire growing season.

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