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Saturday, April 20, 2019

March 9 through April 20, 2019

It has been a beautiful spring although the flowers have had a short life initially due to cold and more recently, after the warm up, due to strong storms. 

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I left work early yesterday and when I got home Raleigh where I live was under a tornado watch and Durham where I work had a tornado warning. 

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Week before last when I was at work I heard a very loud explosion.

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Looking out the window there was a thick plume of dark smoke.

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It was a gas explosion and sadly caused a number of injuries and a fatality.

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It is scary and sad how something like that can occur out of the blue.

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I think it was caused by construction equipment hitting a natural gas line but my understanding is they're still trying to figure out how it happened. 

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Today was a beautiful day after all the storms yesterday.

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I finally managed to spot one of the bald eagles at Shelly Lake. 

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I haven't seen the babies yet but I heard they'll probably be venturing out of the nest soon.

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It's amazing to me how fast trees have leafed out this year.

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They tiny leaves have burst into full leaves faster than I've remembered seeing it happen in past years.

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The cardinals are already harder to photograph because they have more leaf cover.

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These photographs aren't chronological.

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I'm jumping around between the weeks I took pictures.

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My large azaleas above were bowed down by storms after I took the shot above so I went ahead and lopped them down a bit while I could reach them.

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My back yard has already turned back into a jungle.

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I meant to try to do some trimming before there was so much new growth.

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Bill and I went to the WRAL Azalea Garden and the tulips were the big stars.

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There were some azaleas blooming but the tulips were magnificent.

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It was overcast when we were there but still lovely.

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I was glad to have some blue sky today though tomorrow is going to be cloudy.

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I don't think it's supposed to rain.

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I hope not because I'm going to Oxford for Easter dinner.

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It's only about an hour's drive but I would prefer it not to be a rainy one.

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I'll be interested to see what's in bloom along the way although it was stormy there yesterday too so most of the blooms may be on the ground.

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I like ground covers of blooms too so either way is pretty to me. I hope everyone who celebrates Easter has a good one.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

January through March 8, 2019

I'm going to start with shots from this past week and move backwards to January 2019. 

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It isn't unusual in the North Carolina Piedmont for early spring flowers to begin in late February and get hit by a cold snap in March.

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What made this year unusual was that we had some warm days in early February and by the second week in February there were already quite a few early spring flowers.

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The first 3 shots show what happened to those flowers that jumped the gun after we had some very cold nights.

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I made a point of photographing as many flowers as possible as they began to bloom knowing they were unlikely to last very long.

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It doesn't bother me how brief some of the spring blooms will be because it was actually nice to have a lot of February blooms no matter how brief.

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I find expectations have a lot to do with how I feel in general.

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It's not that I'm suggesting low expectations as a positive in all situations but as regards to the aspects outside my control like how long early flowers last, I don't have any expectations.

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In general the older I get the less I let expectations cause me to be disappointed.

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Of course that's easier when the majority of your life is over so no matter what happens it won't be interminable. 

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I'll admit that I have to remind myself of that when I watch the news and even comedy about the current political situation.

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Also, since I have an adult child who will hopefully have close to 5 more decades ahead, or maybe more, I don't want their life to be filled too long with the toxic politics we have in the United States.

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I remember thinking there would never be anyone worse than Richard Nixon in the White House.

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I think never is a good word to avoid.

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That said, I don't want to contemplate a worse political situation than what we have now where I live.

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I've almost reached the earliest shots I took between January and March.

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There is something very beautiful to me about a still winter day.

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I admire the patience of the fishers.

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It's certainly seems like the life of a water bird is difficult.

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There's something I like about the mass of gulls that look like tiny jewels from a distance.

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When they start to fly they almost look like white moths from far away.

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Reflections are always interesting to me.

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The full moon through the trees is fun to watch.

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I took the last shot with my cell phone of the downtown Durham, NC post office. 

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