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Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 2017 comes to an end.

Most of the shots in this post are ones I took today, the last day of April but I'll begin with a few from the past couple of weeks.

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I love yellow fields that I inevitably see when driving outside the city in April. 

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It's also nice to see the birds foraging on the ground like the cardinal above.

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The roses above are one of the few varieties I still have in my overgrown neglected yard.

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The bath water was hanging onto the American Robin.

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The rest of the shots are from a walk around the JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU today.

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They've made a lot of changes since I walked there last. 

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The lath house is always one of my favorite places to explore.

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They did a major change to the lath houses some years ago but that's one of the few part of the garden that doesn't seem different from when I was there last.

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I always like to see children enjoying gardens.

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There was one little boy that was fascinated with a dead animal and wanted to make sure we saw it.

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I guess it's as good of a way as any for children to get an understanding of the cycle of life.

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The paths meander in different ways from last year which confused me but major changes to paths and garden sections usually don't happen too often.

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I like the way the arboretum has a lot of different conditions within the garden.

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There's full sun, full shade, partial shade and so on.

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That's one of my favorite parts of another garden not too far from me (the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill).

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Duke gardens in Durham, NC is another nice one.

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I was glad Bill suggested the arboretum in Raleigh, NC today because I drive to Durham and back every day for work so it was nice to go to the one in the town I live in.

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There weren't as many people there as sometimes walk around the garden on weekends.

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The think the overcast weather may have cut down on the people which suited me.

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I prefer not having to dodge people when I'm taking pictures.

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There was a much larger part of the garden devoted to rose than there used to be.

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Believe it or not I actually whittled down the number of shots I initially picked for this post.

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That said this is a rather long photographic meander.

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Part of what makes it hard to be selective is there are so many different areas with different plants and trees.

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I am running out of commentary so I hope I'm coming close to an end.

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I upload to flicker before I start a post so while I'm pasting in the location of the shot I don't know how near I'm coming to the last shot I picked.

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I'm pretty sure I'm on the last stretch.

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Happy May Day tomorrow!

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6 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Thanks for the wonderful walk Carver -- couldn't have been a better one for close to May Day -- gorgeous flowers, really a nice variety and more 'real' than one our local (Florida) Botanical Gardens have (to me anyway, because I will never really get used to no typical Spring flowers.)

Your yard is not overgrown and neglected -- it is naturalized. You are supposed to be proud of that -- it is more environmentally sound (and you have much better birds).

Photo Cache said...

I like gardens that offer a variety of plants. Hope your May is fabulous.

Lady Fi said...

Lovely shots. And how nice to see spring in full bloom!

Penelope Puddlisms said...

I like the soaked robin. Thanks for the lovely walk, Carver. Your rambling roses seem to be doing very well despite being neglected. I’m a bit envious as I’ve tried to grow similar roses of a similar color in my own yard but for some reason they’ve not thrived.

lissa said...

the JC Raulston Arboretum looks rather nice for a walk, it's beautiful. thanks for sharing them here.

have a lovely day.

YTSL said...

I love arboretums -- and I also loved that photo of the robin fresh from its bath! :)

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