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Monday, August 30, 2010

That's My World Tuesday: Several late August walks

For my last August That's My World Tuesday post, I thought I'd show you some photographs I've taken on recent walks at Shelley Lake (Raleigh, NC, US).
The first shot was taken below the dam and I was trying to get a group shot of the zillion dragonflies and damselflies flitting around. I'd never seen so many in one place but I gave up as they blended into the grass. Instead I decided to try for a shot showing the cloud formation over the bench on top of the dam.
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Although I gave up on a group shot of the dragons and damsels, I did get a solo flight above. I'm ready for summer to end but I was reminded of how green and beautiful this summer has been in spite of the heat. We've had enough rain to help the plant life make it through the hot days.
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Even the piling left when a dock was removed is growing grasses out of the wood (the one to the right of the mallard duck which is standing).
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This has been the hottest summer I can remember ever having in terms of consecutive days, weeks, and months without any relief from the heat. That's why even a week at the end of August with some slightly cooler nights and not quite as hot days was a major relief. Looks like September is coming in with some more hot days but this too shall pass.
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I'm glad that I've been able to take advantage of some pleasant mornings and start walking again.
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I would hate to have missed these late summer views on the lake near my house.
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I also like to walk along the creeks which feed into the lake and then flow on the other side of the dam.
There are a lot of different butterflies which I've noticed on my walks. Below is a common buckeye.
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I am definitely ready for fall and I always enjoy the autumn leaves but I am also glad that I reminded myself of how beautiful and green my world is in the summer, as long as it isn't too dry.
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It always interests me how there aren't any gulls at the lake until winter. There are ducks and geese year round but the gulls arrive in the winter and leave in the spring. I have shots of the gulls in the snow and ice at this lake, but they are never here in the summer.
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This post is getting long so I guess I'll stop on the bridge. Maybe next week I'll take you through the woods on some of the trails beyond the lake on either side which follow the creeks.
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kenju said...

Such beautiful photos!! I really do have to go there soon.

Mojo said...

Looks like summer's back after its all-too-brief vacation. We're headed for the mid 90's all week.

Love the shot from the bottom of the dam. It almost looks like a pasture or something... anything but what it is. In fact, if I didn't know the place...

Naquillity said...

Shelley Lake is a beautiful place. i can see why you like walking around the area. i love your photos especially that first one and the one with the two duck on the posts. i need to start walking again too. get myself back into shape. i get out of breath the easiest anymore. love your buckeye shot. i took a picture of one in my yard a week or so ago but it isn't as clear as yours. have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Oh what a wonderful post Carver. I always loved dragonflies and I don't get to see many around. I liked that shot of yours of the dragonfly who seemed about to land.

This has been one of the coldest summers around here. Joke around this area is about the days of summer we got last week :D

Enjoy the last two days of August. This year went by fast eh?

Daryl said...

what a lovely bunch of walks and photos to share .. thanks, I needed that after the morning I have had ..

Maude Lynn said...

My daughter adored the shot of the butterfly.

Cezar and Léia said...

The cloud in the first picture is very impressive! As for the others, you seem to have had a really nice stroll!
God bless you!

Sylvia K said...

Your photos are superb as always, Carver, and what a gorgeous part of our country you live in!! I love the rich green colors, the beautiful skies and clouds! Such a lovely lake and ducks! Wonderful world! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the week!


Penelope Notes said...

Such an emerald green and mystical place! The grass in parts of BC are yellow from the dry hot summer and I am ready for fall. The butterfly in your picture reminds me of autumn with its earthy rust tones and intricate patterns. Thanks for sharing your beautiful landscapes.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots in and around the lake. Those birds and dragon flies are certainly having good time.

EG CameraGirl said...

Your world is lovely right now! Thanks for taking us on that delightful walk.

Last week I was thinking fall...but this week the temperature is in the 90s here too...and feels like 105!

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful part of your country. I'd like to see the Carolinas some day.

Carolyn Ford said...

The reward for enduring all the humidity is the color "green!" Wow, how beautiful. We, out here in southern California, forget that color lie! Enjoy your walks!

moe lauher said...

Great photo essay - you could bring a couple of these back on Friday.

eileeninmd said...

Carver, beautiful shots of the sky, clouds and the green grass. Love the ducks and the dragonfly in flight.

ksdoolittle said...

Great walk! I'm sorry it's been so hot for you. Today was the first really hot day on the island for me. I actually had to be indoors to stay cool. Usually we have a nice cool ocean breeze, but today's wind came off the land. Love the butterfly photo. It's perfect. ~karen

Jossie said...

What a marvellous series of photos. It all looks so green and fresh. Great you captured the dragonfly in flight. I had one modelling for me. Would not move until I had taken a picture ;-)

SandyCarlson said...

These are incredible. I especially love the first one. Just looks so inviting to sit there and enjoy the warmth of the sun!

Indrani said...

Beautiful captures. You have a lovely world around you. :)

Arija said...

What's up my dear, have you too been unwell that you are going for walks again?
Lovely memories of summer except for the heat. It amazes me how green it is with the sort of heat you have described.
Here our country browns off already in October and stays that way until the winter rains come sometimes as late as May or June.

BraCom said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photo

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Jim said...

Great scenes.
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Animor said...

Wonderful series of photos, they all beautiful and very lively scene.

Shey said...

You have a very beautiful & green world. I love your series of photos. Great virtual hike too. :)


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