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Monday, November 25, 2013

Nature Notes: Changing Fast

We are heading into winter weather wise.
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The bulk of the leaves left the trees over the weekend with a few exceptions.
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The first few shots were take early last week and these same trees are mostly bare now.
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I usually cover about 7 days in my nature notes.
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This time of the year there is a big difference from the way my world is looking over the span of a week.
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The American Robins above look like they are having a party.
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In the shot above the female cardinal is on top and the male cardinal is way down on the bottom. 
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The male cardinal above is eating something tasty on the crepe myrtle tree and the female cardinal is taking a break below.
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I've been seeing bluebirds, doves, chickadees, towhees, nuthatches and many other birds but most of my shots seem to be of cardinals.
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The sparrow and cardinal below are having a drink together.
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I like the way a few leaves clinging to a tree look.
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I don't particularly like the fact that trees are growing in my gutters.
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 The bluejay has a wind blown look.
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I think the bird below is a starling.
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The past couple of days I had to remove ice from the bird baths once in the morning and once again in the early afternoon.
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The female cardinal hopped in as soon as I gave her some warm water.
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Another cardinal was debating whether to drink or bathe.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Today's Flowers: Roses

A few roses bounced back after a hard frost.
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Most of the flowers around the office are dead.
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I was glad to spot a few lingering roses.
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Photohunters: Something Rusty Over


I looked through my archives for something rusty all over. I took the shot below this summer and I think it qualifies for being rusty all over.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Nature Notes: Late Fall

My oak trees provide me with a red umbrella this time of the year.
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The oaks are dropping leaves fast which provides me with more light.
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The female cardinal above and sparrow below are finding seeds on my deck that have dropped from vines and flower seed heads.
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The carolina chickadee below arrived for fresh water as soon as I dumped out the overnight ice out.
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The male cardinal also arrived for a drink.
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Can you spot the angel in the ice?
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My oak tree leaves blend nicely with my neighbor's Japanese Maple.
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The bare limbs over the Japanese Maple below are from a Japanese Magnolia.
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The creek is full of leaves.
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It's beginning to look more like winter.
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There is still a lot of fall color but leaves are dropping fast.
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Looks to me like the ducks are having a party.
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The mallard is having a solitary swim.
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There aren't many Canadian Geese at Shelley Lake compared to past years.
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A few gulls have arrived but not as many as I usually see during late fall.
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There also aren't as many herons around but I spotted one.
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Good thing that I love leaves.
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From a distance the birds in the tree look like leaves.
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When I zoom in I can tell they are birds.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Today's Flowers: Mix

I'm not sure if the spiky balls below are flowers or seeds or something else.
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The yellow rose below had some frost burn on the edges but the center looked perfect.
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The bittersweet berries below aren't flowers but they are like fall flowers to me.
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