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Sunday, October 6, 2019

September through October 6, 2019

Thank you to Lissa who blogs at the memory of rain for my header. I have enjoyed her art and writing for many years and greatly appreciated her giveaway during a blog anniversary.


I had a choice of options and said that I thought a badge or header would be great and mentioned that I change my header for each season.


I didn't mean to ask for 4 badges or headers but she kindly did that so I thought I'd start with the one for fall.


I'm sort of jumping the gun since my part of North Carolina won't hit the colors like the ones in the header for another month but I'm so ready for it.


She used one of my fall photos for the header design and at first I didn't even realize it was one of my shots until I noticed it was my neighborhood lake and I know Lissa is in Manhattan. Thanks to Lissa for designing this and ones for other seasons!


I noticed how the trees have stayed so fresh during this summer that the September shots I took looked more like June.


The reason is we had a lot of rain during the summer months although lately it has been dryer.


The worse part of this summer didn't start until October or maybe it was just noticeable because it wasn't seasonable.


Last week broke records all over the place with one day hitting 100 F (37.7 C). 


It's not unusual to have some hot days well into the fall but that's nuts.


Fortunately we finally are going back to more seasonable temperatures.


I wasn't sure how much more I could take of the heat.


I think the snake above may be a copperhead but I'm not sure. I definitely kept my distance.


I have gotten used to foxes on my deck and actually enjoy having them visit but the one above seemed larger than a fox.


The flicker and finch weren't as close to each other as it looks like they are in the shot above.


I usually only see the flickers on my deck when it snows but I guess it needed the water I supply.


I didn't realize chipmunks were as small as the one above. I photographed one a few months ago and thought it was a baby but if it's the same one it hasn't grow any.


I enjoy the fairy asters that always bloom in my yard at the end of the summer to early fall.


I am running out of things to say so I must have selected too many shots.


I have enjoyed seeing early signs of fall that have happened even when the heat made it feel more like summer.


I had trouble getting a good angle on the egret.


The last shot is one I liked because of the reflection.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Summer of 2019

The photographs in this post are moving backwards in time.


I'm starting with a walk today (August 25, 2019) at Shelley Lake and will end with shots from June, 2019.


In spite of the heat it has been such a wet summer than it looks more like June than August here.


Saturday was very wet but we had a perfect Sunday for a walk and I was happy to see the egret above and the great blue heron (7th and 8th shots).


I think that the earth has had its hottest summer this year but the NC Piedmont hasn't been as hot as some summers. That said the humidity has made it feel very hot.


Today was perfect, not too hot or too humid.


I have air conditioning and sometimes a hot summer is even worse in places that are usually cooler because not as many people have air conditioning.


Of course there are people without air conditioning in some of the hottest places.


I remind myself of people that not only don't have air conditioning, they don't have adequate shelter. I am very fortunate.


The shot above is the last one from August, 2019.


I don't know what to call these concrete structures along the path that's beside a creek that feeds into Shelley Lake.


I've asked Bill on more than one occasion but my brain can't hold onto the name.


In any event I'm not sure if the paintings were organized or people just decided to improve on them by partially covering the concrete.


I love reflections and tend to shoot them a lot.


I've seen foxes on my deck off an on for years but this is the first time I've had a young one napping on my deck when an adult doesn't appear to move it off when I'm watching from the window.


I've seen this young fox off and on for months and it doesn't seem bothered by me at all.


I don't go out on the deck when I see it. I don't want it too comfortable with people.


There have been a lot of mourning doves (above) and brown thrashers (below) on my deck.


The rest of the shots are June 2019.


The sidewalk art is on the road with several trails leading to Shelley Lake.


Hard to believe that summer is almost over.


I always like a change from heat so look forward to a continued cool down.


This little chipmunk has showed up on my deck from time to time.


I think the birds below are house finches.


The American Robin below has a bittersweet berry in its mouth.


Below its drying off after a bath.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Late April through late May 2019

The first four shots are from a Shelley Lake walk on April 28, 2019.


Moderate temperatures and plenty of rain through the end of April left everything looking lush around the triangle area of NC where I live.


It's been too hot to walk this weekend but I fear record breaking high temperatures for the latter part of May have started adding some browns. 


It is weird to go from lows in the 40s (Fahrenheitand highs in the 60s (Fahrenheit) to highs in the 90s (Fahrenheitand lows in the 70s (Fahrenheit) within the space of a week.


It's supposed to be cooler by next weekend so perhaps June will start off pleasant.


Last weekend we went on a road trip to the NC mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway and then to visit friends in Black Mountain.


It was still moderate last weekend so the wildflowers along the way were lovely.


It was nice to be the passenger so I could safely take shots along the way.


The Blue Ridge Parkway lived up to its name.


My mother was from Boone and I grew up in the NC Piedmont so trips to the mountains to visit my grandmother were a happy part of my childhood.


My father was from eastern NC fairly close to the coast so I also feel an affinity to the NC coast.


My father's parents died when he was a teenager so I never met them.


Hard to believe it has been almost 30 years since my mother died and close to over 20 years since my Dad died.


The older I get the younger it seems my parents were when they died.


Of course compared to my father's parents and my mothers father who died when she was 2 months old my parents had a long full life. 


Today I also think of those who have died in wars and most of them were unbearably young. I'm not being very cheerful but it seems appropriate to mention that since it's Memorial Day in the U.S.


The shot above and the rest of the shots are of Black Mountain, NC.


The neighborhood where my friends live has a wide mixture of houses in terms of style and size.


When houses are sold a lot of the small ones are bulldozed and a much larger house put in its place.


I like the house in the two shots above. It looks fairly new but it fits into it's location and is a relatively moderate size.


We walked down to Lake Tomahawk which is in the neighborhood where my friends live. 


The mountains on the right in the 2 shots above are called the Seven Sisters.


The baby geese were almost hidden by the grass.


Although the neighborhood is hilly the path around the lake is quite flat.


Given my hips and knees the flat part was more my speed.


Wishing a peaceful happy memorial day to everyone. 


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