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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Late September through Late November 2018

The hard part with blogging so much less than I used to is it's harder to select photographs. 

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Late September was almost like summer although the dogwoods did begin changing early as they always do.

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There have been more egrets on the lake near my house lately than heron.

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I used to see great blue heron frequently but they seem to be supplanted by the egrets for some reason.

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Heron hang out at a lot of different lakes in my area so they may have decided other places have better fishing.

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The guy above looks a little off kilter.

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The shot above and quite a few below are ones I took in the NC mountains. 

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The mountains are always ahead of central NC with fall color but everywhere was later than usual in my state this year. 

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I got some great contrast with the light playing on the mountains.

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We drove on the blue ridge parkway from the southern end to the northern end of the mountain range.

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The weather was better than expected.

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It was supposed to rain the whole time we were there but it ended up with a very small amount of rain that we drove out of.

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I think I love the rocks in the mountains as much as anything.

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I think the cyclist below must be very tough.

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I wouldn't be able to ride a bike in the mountains much less in the rain.

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And here comes the sun.

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The rest of the shots are at home and on Shelly Lake walks

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The bittersweet on my deck is very abundant this year.

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I photographed the camellias a couple of weeks ago but we had some very cold temperatures at night so even being hardy they've probably all been zapped by the freezing weather.

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We still have a lot of fall color in central NC although the leaves are changing and falling very fast now.

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I heard a story on NPR about how climate change has been gradually making fall leaves change later.

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It does seem to get later and later.

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There are a lot of evergreens at Shelley Lake so there's green year round.

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One of the people in the shot below had a red jacket which looked like part of the leaves from a distance.

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The gulls have returned for the winter.

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The cormorants have also returned. Both gulls and cormorants go to other places in the spring.

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I miss the cormorants when they leave.

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There are gulls year round at other lakes near me but I usually only see cormorants in the fall and winter.

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I think I like reflections in the fall as much as anything.

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Even without colorful leaves in the reflection below I think the duck is photogenic.

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I'm guessing by next weekend there won't be hardly any leaves left on the trees. 

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I used to think of all the fall leaves dropping well before Thanksgiving but that hasn't happened lately here.

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