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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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