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Sunday, November 19, 2017

September through November 19 2017

I can't believe how long it has been since I posted.

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I knew I wasn't going to continue with the regular photo blogging.

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I thought I'd at least continue having a monthly post.

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I was surprised to see that my last post was after a beach trip in August.

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I have missed visiting other photo bloggers but time and energy haven't permitted.

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I decided I want to at least try to have a seasonal post roughly covering summer, fall, winter and spring.

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This is roughly fall although where I live September is more a part of summer than fall.

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One thing I do notice is we have a very long season of fall/autumn foliage.

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The dogwoods and grasses begin to signal fall in September but most trees don't change in central NC until October and even November.

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This year the early fall foliage was earlier than usual and the later fall foliage such as Oak trees was later than usual.

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The North Carolina mountains are usually several weeks ahead of central NC with fall foliage.

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This is an unusual fall because I didn't make it to the mountains.

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There were quite a few late flowers but we've had a couple of hard freezes so they're mostly gone.

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One reason I want to try to cover the seasons is I occasionally look back to my blog to see what kind of fall or spring, summer or winter we had.

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The sculpture is from the outdoor part of the NC Museum of Art.

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The shot below was one of the earlier fall ones in my neighborhood where it really looked like fall.

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I kind of like the mix where some trees are vivid colors and other still have some green.

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Bittersweet berries on my deck wall are a favorite seasonal color for me. 

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It's always nice to see the cormorants return in the fall.

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I'm not sure where they go in the summer.

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The gulls at Shelley lake are back for the winter and although they are at other lakes in the summer they always leave my neighborhood lake in the spring.

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Most of the trees still have leaves although the dogwoods and some maples have dropped their leaves. 

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I think I'm nearing the end of the shots I picked out.

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It's a good thing I have since I'm running out of something to say.

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Happy Thanksgiving this coming Thursday! I'm grateful for a short work week among other things.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Vacation Shots

The first three shots are from a walk in central NC near where I live and the rest are from the NC coast about 150 miles from me. 

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The ferns above are looking much better than they usually do in August.

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The deer was playing peekaboo with me.

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It has been a much better summer than we usually have in terms of not being too hot.

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I was afraid it would be stormy while I was at the beach but it turned out better than expected.

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There were some showers but it would stop at crucial moments like walking time.

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And sunset time . . .

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for lighted paths across the sound . . .

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and moon rise with a lighted path across the ocean . . . 

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I managed to have plenty of times for photography both while walking and sitting on the balcony.

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There was even a blue sky on the sound side for breakfast at a Topsail restaurant.

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There was less blue on the ocean side for walking but I love clouds.

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I never got a shot of the pelicans dive bombing for food. This one settled way out in the ocean with his back turned.

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I like the way the blue strip added an accent to the clouds over the dunes.

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The only problem with a week off work is as it draws to an end I realize I should have taken two.

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I may take a longer vacation this fall.

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I even managed to avoid the news which is a very good thing stress wise although I am unfortunately caught up now.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 2017 ending

After a stretch of hot and humid days we had a perfect Sunday for a walk.

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I took these shots at Lake Lynn in Raleigh, NC.

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Not much to say but I like to post at least a couple of times a month so later I can look back on the timing in nature.

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We've had so much rain that in some regards this looks more like spring than summer.

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With the heat if we hadn't had a lot of rain the vegetation would look a lot droopier.

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If anything we've had an over abundance of rain for many years.

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I still haven't forgot what a bad drought we had from around 2005 through 2008.

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In 2007/2008 the local newspaper would say how many days were left before the reservoir would be used up.

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Since the Falls Lake is a 12,410 acre reservoir it's incredible to remember that.

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Fortunately it never did dry up and as I said if anything we've had an overabundance of rain for years now.

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That's not true for the whole state but it is for where I live in the NC Piedmont but of course with weather it can always turn on a dime.  

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