Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Nature Notes: December begins with a walk

I thought since we are beginning a new month, I would use my nature notes post this week to show you a walk I took on the first day of December.


Almost all of the trees in the triangle area of North Carolina where I live have given up the last of their leaves with a few exceptions.


I was surprised to see so much color in the tree above. With some checking I think I've identified it as a Pond Cypress and apparently they tend to keep autumn color later than other trees.


I'm not positive of the identity of the water birds above. Since they seemed to be deep in conversation, I didn't ask. I thought it was nice of the wood ducks to let the Canadian goose join it for ring around the roses or rather ring around the rock.


The grass is still very green although the tall grasses I love were mowed.


I've mentioned this before, but I enjoy how I can get different views of the lake once the trees drop their leaves. Areas that used to be hard to see through have a clear view.


I think these are canna lillies below and they are a little sad being so tall but winter brown. I actually like the way tall grasses and leaves from trees look brown but I don't think it's as good of a look on plants like the ones below.


I like the way these leggy plants below are still red. I think they are some type of bush growing wild in the wooded area.


The shot below is kind of dark but I liked the reflection so I'll end with this shot from my walk on the first day of December, 2009.


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mommanator said...

looks like a great place to walk & think!

Leora said...

Lovely, calming photos. I especially like the last two.

Thanks for visiting my foliage pics...I should look through my pics to see if I have anything to show. Too cold to hang around outside today. Busy working, but your post made me feel like I got a bit of nature today.

MaR said...

And it is a beautiful walk !!

Dee said...

Well, I'm glad you didn't interrupt the conversation those birds were having - it seemed like a civil and engrossing conversation!!

Rambling Woods said...

I guess we were sort of on the same wavelength Carver..out for a nature walk. I think the birds talking are some kind of cormorant. That is from the stance they have taken, but I can't be sure. You know I love waterfowl. We still have mallard, Canada geese and the lone wood duck. I enjoyed your blue skies.....Michelle

Caron said...

The water shots are my favorite today. I like the way they make me feel like it is warmer than it is way up here in Iowa.

Cezar and Léia said...

Poetic post dear Carver!
Thanks a lot for it!
Breathtaking landscape and pictures!

Ayie said...

It's a little odd that tree still has so much leaves in the middle of all bald trees. I don't feel too happy or gay when i see trees with all fallen leaves, feels kind of empty.

Squirrel said...

Wonderful photos Carver!

Unknown said...

Thanks for taking us on your walk. Lots still going on there with leaves still on the trees and ducks still hanging around. Do ducks stay there year-round? We actually have a few tht stay in places where the water rarely freezes over.

Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting. To answer the question about ducks, we do have them year round although not as many in the winter as we have spring through fall.

Arija said...

Loved coming along on your nature walk. I think the tree with colour is a Swamp Larch. Larches are the last trees to colour up and the swamp larch has oranfe needles, the ordinary larch is gold.

MyMaracas said...

I really enjoyed walking with you! Your photos are so colorful and peaceful. I especially like the red leaves against the brown forest floor.

Jeanne said...

Carver--fantastic photos! I especially like the birds that appear to be talking to each other, and the ducks, swimming in a circle.


AscenderRisesAbove said...

love the person cresting on the hill... and the orange tree... and the birds on poles... an area i would love to take a stroll in.