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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Photos from earlier in January 2017

The photographs don't reflect the current conditions where I live in NC since the weather turned much warmer over the past week or so.

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I wish I had made it to one of the Women's Marches and had taken photographs of that.

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It's been great seeing the photographs from DC yesterday as well as sister marches all over the U.S. and the world for that matter.

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Some women from work took a bus leaving NC at 2:00 am Saturday morning going to DC for the march.

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I wish I had gotten it together to go.

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It is very encouraging to see so many people participating not just in the U.S. but in such a diverse group of places.

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I love seeing blue sky and snow. 

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The bird below is a junco.

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Next is a female cardinal.

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The mourning dove seemed glad of some fresh water.

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I guess I'll end with the blue jay.

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Since I didn't label them, the first shot is a sparrow; followed by a red-bellied woodpecker; the third shot is of a titmouse; 4th is a rufous-sided towhee; 5th is a male cardinal and 6th is a Carolina chickadee.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 7-2017 and late December 2016

I'm going to begin with shots I've taken today.

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The sun finally peaked out for the afternoon.

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We've had some of the most beautiful conditions.

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Since the storm began as rain yesterday there have been icicles.

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We had a little bit of everything, rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow.

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Since the temperatures were above freezing when the storm started, the accumulation was less since it took awhile for the temperatures to drop, however, there's a layer of ice under the snow on the roads which keeps me from driving.

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It's going to be very cold for the rest of the weekend so I'm helping the birds.

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The extreme range of temperature this winter has been bizarre even for North Carolina (we frequently have swings but not this big).

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If the temperatures that are forecast actually happen there will be a 60 degree difference between the low tomorrow night and the high on Friday.

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I've been watching the low on Sunday because it is extreme for here.

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At one point the weather channel said 0 Fahrenheit (-17.2 Celsius). 

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The forecast has improved a little because now they are saying 6 Fahrenheit (-14.4 Celsius). 

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Sometimes I think if I don't talk about the weather there's no other current topic that won't bring my blood pressure up.

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That's not strictly true since I can talk about the birds.

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Although being a bird this time of the year isn't easy. The cedar waxwings (below) were here at the end of December but they've left for better pickings. 

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The shot above and the rest of the shots were taken at the end of 2016. All the others were taken today (January 7, 2017).

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We had a lot of great clouds in December.

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The flicker and American robins below seem to get along.

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This post is several combined ones I've had in mind.

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I don't get around to blogging much so when I do they end up being long.

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I love mackerel clouds like the one above.

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I hope 2017 will be a surprise and turn out to be  a good year.

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