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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Our World Tuesday: Late August and Early September

I'm going to start with some of my first shots of September in honor of a new month beginning.

The female cardinal above poses showing me her profile. The male cardinal below fidgets looking ready to fly off if I don't snap fast.
Cardinals are the state bird of North Carolina, U.S. where I live.
The rest of the shots are ones I took in late August.
My yard is full of toadstools and mushrooms.
The ducks are on the pilings for now but once fall arrives these pilings are usually taken up by cormorants who stay until spring.
I'm looking forward to fall with the blaze of colors it brings.
There are subtle changes that make me know a new season is around the corner.
I wish the city wouldn't mow the grass on the dam this early, or at all for that matter. I like to see the tall seed heads on the grasses when they don't mow.
When I said I wished the city wouldn't mow, I of course mean that I wish they didn't have city employees mow.
For a minute I had a bizarre image of a city full of tall buildings sitting on a riding lawn mower.
 There are wild parts of the trails that don't get any maintenance which makes it nice for the wildlife. There are also more maintained parts along paved paths around the lake that are mowed.
I like the wilder areas although I also like to check out the birds at the lake.
I like the reflections of the ducks on the piling.
The mallard was into some serious grooming below.
The shots were taken on different walks which is why there is a difference in the light.
A flock of geese took off so fast that the shot below is pretty blurry.


Penelope Postcards said...

The grooming mallard is seriously cute, Carver, with its orange webbed feet. I can feel the transitioning of the weather in my world, too. I like the climate cooling down a bit and am looking forward to the changing colors. Lots of leaves have already fallen but only because of the dry weather. :)

Anonymous said...

i like the bird on the branch the best. great catch.

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, I like such views, taking the small bench is fantastic. I am greeting

Ruby Manchanda said...

Great collection once again

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Enjoy the greenery, birds ...
Fall is fast approaching, cold weather, cold ...
wonderful photos.

EG CameraGirl said...

The cormorants are still here, Carver. The ducks are safe for a while longer. :))

Sylvia K said...

What wonderful shots for the day, Carver! Somehow you can just feel the approach of fall! I love the mallard with his orange feet! Hope you have a great Labor Day and a great week ahead!

Fun60 said...

Those views look wonderful but I am looking forward to seeing them once the leaves start to change colour.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Carver, love the shots of the lake, duck and geese. It is still hot and humid here. I would like some cooler weather for walking. Great shots, thanks for sharing.

carol l mckenna said...

Lots of awesome photography here of the delights of nature ~ beautiful! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Leora said...

I love that wooden bridge trail that brings you right through nature.

Whenever I see neatly mowed lawns, I think of pesticides. Sigh.

Gillian Olson said...

Great pics of cardinals and of funghi, lots of that around now, but the ducks (and reflections) on the pilings are really my favorite today.

Indrani said...

You have great captures to present. Love the mushrooms.

Anonymous said...

Such lovely shots of the birds!

Anna said...

Such a beautiful photo's, Carver!
I love the diversity of it...
Have a nice day and greetings,

Stewart M said...

hi there - nice set of pictures. If your looking forward to fall it must me we are coming out of winter!

Fungi really do manage to grow into some strange forms.

Stewart M - Australia

Vores have said...

Nice pictures you show.
Wish you a good day :)
Hanne Bente

Unknown said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

genie said...

Carver...YOu have outdone yourself this week. What an awesome series! The birds, the landscapes, the water. All are so beautiful. My favorite has to be the empty bench. It as if it is sitting there waiting for summer to become a memory and for autumn to become a reality. All of your shots are fabulous. genie


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