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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Weekend Snapshot: Number 58

Bill and I walked around Shelley Lake today (Sunday) and the great blue heron posed for me. I guess I need to try an afternoon walk because I have so much trouble getting a shot which shows off the gray and blue tones of the bird at the spot where I frequently see it in the morning.
This morning before we walked around the lake, the sky got me outside with my camera. I was blown away by the deep blue in combination with the white clouds.
There is so much I enjoy about this time of year but the sky ranks high on the list. There is something about October skies that never fail to blow me away.
There are also unexpected surprises. My azaleas bloom in April in general although some tend to bloom earlier and some later.I almost missed this one out of season bloom near the top of a group of enormous azaleas I have. It was nestled amidst a sea of green and I have no idea why it decided to grace me with its presence in October.
The seasonal color of fall is out in full force but there are also late blooming roses. Even ones that usually don't bloom this late.
I checked to see when the average first frost occurred in my part of North Carolina and it's October 27 so I am going to enjoy the last blooms of the season while they last.

To find other weekend snapshots you can go to the home of WS where participants post on Monday or you can browse for early birds on technorati .

27 comments:

SabineM said...

I love your photos! Lovely Heron!
I am enjoying the cold that just rolled into our area....
It is not going to last long.. but I am enjoying it for now!

Lovely shots, Carver...

Rambling Woods said...

Beautiful photos..I too have trouble with the GB herons. They seem to get washed out against the water..But it is a lovely photo none the less...

Yen said...

WOW! Such beautiful blue skies! Love the yellow rose too:)

desert dirt diva said...

your skys are so very blue, awsome!

ellen b. said...

Wonderful shot of the heron! That water looks so blue. I enjoyed all your photos. enjoy your week...

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful views, my friend. I love the heron shot. These creatures can be a challenge to photograph. They are not only elusive but also iridescent. Your capture is just lovely.

Dr.John said...

Lovely pictures. Your lucky , all my roses are gone.

Napaboaniya said...

I'm enjoying the water shots! Looks pretty inviting to me. With the humid weather yesterday, I might just have jump right into it if I were there :P

p/s: A couple of fishes are dying everyday. I guess my gal and I dun have much luck with fishes as well *lol*

david mcmahon said...

Your roses are still going great.

Kero said...

i really love the first and last shot. the bird alone looks dramatic. the yellow rose is simply beautiful. thank you for sharing, Carver. Have a great week ahead! my WS entry is here http://kcelebration.blogspot.com/search/label/weekend%20snapshot

Juliana RW said...

very lovely shots :D

Please drop at my WS post also : in HERE Thanks

EastCoastLife said...

What a lovely day for a walk! It's so relaxing to read your posts and see the beautiful photos of your neighbourhood. Keep warm, the cold's coming.

Mar said...

Your walks are so full of surprises and beautiful shots!!
Love that yellow rose.

Sienna said...

Okay so when I visit here I am hearing James Taylor you realise, and what rich vibrant color your world is.

Carver, what did we ever do before digital cameras?

Our skies sometime match up, I see some of your sky photos and it reminds me of somedays here.

Our afternoon light is different to the rest of the world, actually even from here to an Ozzy city even, it is Mallee region light, outback light. I'm still trying to understand this world.

Pam

Indrani said...

These shots are so beautiful!
Great way to spend weekends, capturing beautiful moments!

tanabata said...

Such a beautiful blue sky, with the pattern of the white clouds! I'd get a crick in my neck admiring that view! ;)
We went out to see some fall blooming roses yesterday.

gen/entry here said...

nice shot and pretty entries too.

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

lovely shots! i love the sky shots! just like painting in the sky! :)

btw, you've been tagged! Enjoy! :)

Photo Cache said...

so beautiful especially the first one. the lighting seems perfect and the color of the water is wonderful.

Yolanda said...

These are all beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing them.

spiCes said...

looks like a beautiful weather weekend to me!:)

jaejae said...

nice shots there, carver. i see you still have roses blooming there. my neighbor's roses are all withering now. it's a pity sight. she has hundreds of them in all colors and they seem to be shrinking everytime i see them.

Emzkie said...

beautiful shots carver. i like the heron. =)

diXymiss said...

Beautiful shots, Carver! I'm with you ~ love the dramatic October skies. That shot of the fall leaves with the splash of brilliant color is absolutely fantastic. Nice work, as always.

magiceye said...

lovely photographs indeed!!

Heart of Rachel said...

Beautiful photos! The heron must have been basking under the lovely weather. I love the beautiful yellow rose.

lissa said...

I like the leaves/tree shot and love the new header - too back the green background is still there but the photos goes really well together