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Sunday, September 16, 2018

August and September 2018

Hot, humid and wet pretty much sums up August and September in the Triangle area of NC where I live but we lucked out with Hurricane Florence having minimal impact in my part of the state. 

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I wish the coast and eastern part of my state had done as well.

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The coast and eastern part of NC has had a very hard time and rivers are still rising even as the storm moves out.

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Although we've had hot weather this summer it has been so wet that in some ways leaves look more like spring than late summer.

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The photographs in this post started with August and cover up to yesterday (Saturday, September 16) at the end.

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I was surprised to see wild grapes during a walk on the trail that extends past Shelley Lake. 

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The shot above, below and beyond were taken at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) Park walk.

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I had a lot of unexpected dental appointments and after what I thought would be my last for awhile I walked at the NCMA.

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I've written about the NCMA before but the collaboration between North Carolina State University and the museum to create an environmental ecosystem that is sustainable has been quite a success. 

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I'm not expressing it well but through water collection and recycling the pools around the museum that are part of art gardens are self sustaining.

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I think water and plumbing inside the museum is also supplied with the collection and recycling systems.

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There is a mixtures of native plants including grasses as well as paths of mowed grass.

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The great blue heron above did a great job of hiding.

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I always enjoy seeing both the long term sculpture in the park as well as newly installed pieces. 

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I didn't make it into the forest section of the walk this time but there are always new surprises with both temporary and permanent art.

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The piece below is in the children's discovery garden.

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There is a sign that instructs children not to climb on top of the pig. 

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Don't they know if you design a piece for children to walk up and into it that the fun part is to climb on top, especially if that's not allowed.

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The butterfly below was my first shot in September.

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It was flapping its wings open and shot so fast, I had trouble getting clear shots.

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The shot below is of what used to be mostly grasses and wetland but we've had so much rain long term that on a walk this month it was flooded.

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Although we didn't take a direct hit from Florence we did get a lot more rain so I'm sure that the area is even more over taken with water

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The mallards above will be replaced in the fall by cormorants who always take over those perches when they return.

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The shot below was taken of my deck day before yesterday.

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I took the last shot yesterday of the dogwood starting to don it's early fall colors.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Summer Synopsis

I'm going to start with an early summer walk at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU.

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I always photograph the lath houses when I walk around this arboretum in Raleigh, NC.

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Out in the rest of the garden this whimsical tree caught my fancy.

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I don't think it's alive but makes an interesting feature including being painted in spots although that doesn't show up well.

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Above is a rufous sided towhee on my deck.

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We've had so much rain this summer that by and large everything has stayed very green.

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Appropriately the two shots above were taken on a greenway walk. 

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I think there almost needs to be a Canada geese crossing guard.

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Peter Cottontail was frozen with fear so I took the snaps fast so he could be on his way.

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I had surprisingly good weather at Topsail Beach, NC in late July.

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There was a chance when we went to the beach to join some friends that it would be stormy the whole time.

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Fortunately the storms were scattered and didn't interfere with much.

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We had a stormy lunch and a stormy evening but the weathered cleared each day for walks on the beach.

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I prefer fluffy clouds against a blue sky over all blue.

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I definitely had some beautiful skies to shoot.

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The only time I prefer a solid blue sky is when it's been raining for many days in a row without a break.

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In spite of having a wet summer we have had enough breaks in the rain most weeks that I'm mostly glad for the rain to keep things wet.

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The humidity has been pretty intense some days but usually improves after a shower.

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I had trouble picking shots from the beach.

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The shot below was taken when it was muggy and I had trouble keeping my lens clear.

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I took a bunch of shots that looked like there was dense fog.

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Most of them were unusable.

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I guess I'll stop here.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Late Spring Vacation in Key West

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I usually select photographs for a blog post and then upload to flickr so I can embed the photolink.

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I did it differently this time because I wanted to upload more shots to flickr for a friend who is from Key West, FL to see what her hometown was looking like during my vacation.

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This is making it harder for me to figure out which ones to include in this post.

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It was nice to get away for an out of town vacation and I also took some time off once I got home because my adult child was visiting for mother's day and to help me deal with my house.

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The photographs are all from Key West although the narrative will skip around.

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The AIDS memorial is very touching.

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I've lived in the same house since 1984 and although I don't have plans to move it is overwhelming to think about a change that would involved packing up. By the way I live NC and although I have tried my best to hide my house in overgrown bushes, I haven't accomplished a hidden house like this one in FL.

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Avory offered to help me look through stuff and decide what I was ready to get rid of and what I wanted to keep.

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We got a remarkable amount done.

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It also motivated me to keep going with the rest, a little bit at a time.

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A lot of these shots are from the Key West public garden.

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A friend of my sister's is on the garden board and took us around while supplying us with interesting information about the plants and Key West history.

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I love gardens and always find it interesting to see ones with different growing conditions.

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I feel a bit guilty about the bird below although my brother in law set it free.

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When I started photographing him I thought he was on the outside of the screen resting.

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As it turned out he was caught between the glass and screen door.

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I usually avoid cars in photographs but the red car and red flowers seemed to go together.

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