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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

May 31 through July 6, 2020

I am used to seeing turtles when walking at Shelly Lake but rarely do I see them on dry ground.

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I liked the addition to the butterfly drawing on a greenway path.

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I recently saw a video interview with authors who were asked about where they found hope.
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One of them said he found hope in nature.
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I guess that's true for me too although there's a lot to worry about in terms of threats to the environment.
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The American Robins are constant visitors to the water I provide on my deck.

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The juvenile is trying to get the adult to share below.

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Below is another juvenile American Robin who managed to find a time when the adult wasn't hogging one of the baths.

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The mourning dove below was taking a rest in the sun after a bath.

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I think the bird below is a female house finch although it could be an immature male house finch.

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The catbird below is resting on the deck but it seems to be warning off any potential company.

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The resting robin is another juvenile.

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The catbird is having a bath below. I also see carolina wrens, chickadees, nuthatches and bluebirds in the deck baths but I haven't managed to photograph them this season.

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I seem to have a lot of shot of the juvenile robins. They crack me up.

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The one below is close to adulthood.

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I photographed 3 rabbits together but I liked the solo shot the best.

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The female rufous sided towhee took a long bath. I also shot a male rufous sided towhee but that shot didn't turn out.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

March 16 through May 24, 2020

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The world keeps getting weirder and weirder. The photo above is the new me.

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On a positive note we've had a particularly beautiful spring.

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I think it's helped that the temperatures have stayed relatively cool for a North Carolina Piedmont spring.

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I'm lucky to live somewhere that it's possible to get outside and walk.

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We've had a lot of rain but in between rainy days there have been days where I've been able to get outside.

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I'm curious about what the photographer below was shooting.

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When I shot the great blue heron I didn't even see the turtles.

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Once I downloaded the shot above I was able to crop it so the turtles are visible on the right.

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I love surprises in photographs.

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We always have a lot of rabbits in my neighborhood but this year they seem to be even more abundant than usual.

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It's been cool hearing and seeing places where wildlife are able to roam the streets without the car traffic that's usually out.

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I've noticed a lot more traffic lately even though my state is still in the very early stages of opening up.

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It annoys me when I see less people wearing masks in publilc.

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Durham, NC has a city ordinance requiring masks in public but Raleigh, NC where I live only has it as a recommendation. 

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Although I live in Raleigh and normally work in Durham, I'm working from home for the time being but still glad to see Durham being sensible. 

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The flag above caught my eye on a neighborhood walk.

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I think the heron below may be a juvenile.

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I'm running out of anything I feel like saying.

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The craziness in the world is hard for me to avoid.

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I went through a long time of actively avoiding the news but that's been hard to stick to this year.

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Bill spotted the goldfinch below when we were walking.

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I would have missed it otherwise.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

January 31 through March 15, 2020

I'm working from home today and decided to take a break and write a post. First thanks again to Lissa Writes for the badges, I'm using another as my header. 

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I put off working from home because I've gotten used to commuting and have a new car I enjoy driving.

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I also tend to work much longer hours from home and like leaving work at the office and home for home.

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As more cases of coronavirus have cropped up in my area I decided the thing to do is work from home and not work too long hours.

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Since I started work even earlier than I usually get to the office and I know if something comes up this afternoon after I usually leave, I'll take care of it; I decided the thing to do is take a break in the middle of the day.

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Since I started working in my P. J.'s at 6:30, this is actually later than mid day.

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I'm not overly worried about getting coronavirus but since the majority of NC cases are in Raleigh where I live, there's the added reason of not wanted to take it to the office in Durham where I work.

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It does help that from what I heard, people are generally symptomatic before they're contagious.

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I'll probably go to the office at least once this week but will be careful.

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We've had continual weird weather. In early February it was warm and early flowers jumped the gun.

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Then we had snow followed by low temperatures and many trees with spring flowers dropped their blooms.

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It was a pretty sugar frosting snow but due to drop in temperatures we ended up with a fair amount of ice.

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The daffodils were hit hard and a lot didn't recover.

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Even so the yellow was pretty through the snow.

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Nice to see wildflowers cropping up.

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Male cardinals are very striking in the grass.

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The great blue heron move to protected areas during breeding season.

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It's been nice to see the trees that didn't jump the spring gun begin to flower.

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Below is a narcissus stand that fared well although close-ups show them bowed down.

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The shots in this post are sequential beginning with oldest and ending with newer ones.

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American Robins crack me up.

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Buttercups take me back to my childhood and making jewelry with them.

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The mallard pair blend into the reflection.

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I'll stop with the Canada geese. 

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