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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Returned to Winter and back to Spring

The week of March 13 saw a return to winter, temperature wise, although yesterday (Saturday) was moderate. 

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Today was chilly and sunny, pretty typical for early spring.

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After getting way ahead of themselves the azaleas blossoms were mostly a loss other than the early ones I enjoyed prior to winter's return.

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I'm sure I mentioned this last week but I've never seen azaleas bloom this early.

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I'm used to crocuses, camellias and daffodils in March where I live but azaleas usually hold off. 

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I took some road shots on the way to a paved walking trail that goes along the Neuse River in between Wake Forest and Raleigh, NC.

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I don't think I've ever seen a silo covered in vines before.

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I've seen a lot of barns covered in vines but not silos.

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Today (Sunday) was a perfect day for a walk.

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I like chilly weather when I walk especially when it's not too cold.

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Kind of like the 3 bears, not too hot, not too cold, just right. . .

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There were other walkers out but not like when the weather is warmer which is an advantage to slightly chilly weather.

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I could have done nothing but shoot the sky and I would have had a ton of shots.

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I like areas of tall grasses allowed to overwinter. I can image all the life that seeks shelter there.

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The paved trails are popular with cyclist but there weren't too many of them.

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There were a few solitary cyclist as well as a few children on their bicycles with parents running behind them.

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Some of the trees have the feathery look I associate with spring.

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There aren't too many flowering trees left since most lost flowers after the cold snap.

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There have also been a fair amount of trees starting new leaves that are now curling up and look ready to drop.

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My neighbor's Japanese Maple is one of those. Still looks pretty but the early spring leaves are mostly dead so not sure what will happen to it. 

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I remember one other year when a lot of trees leafed out too early and they did start another bunch of spring leaves but didn't do very well for an entire growing season.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lambs and Lions dance together

March came in like a lamb but not for long.

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The lions and lambs of March keep trading places this year.

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My camellias bloomed early and were so pretty that it wasn't a big deal when they got freezer burn from the ever changing weather.

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The American Robins have been out full force.

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I almost think the camellias are as pretty with their cold snap color against white.

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I need to weed around my narcissus and cut out some of the volunteers.

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Because of the ever changing weather I've taken a lot of shots because I know there will be a lot of damage with everything ahead of itself.

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I made a point of photographing the trees below yesterday.

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They are always so lovely.

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I was particularly motivated to take a lot of pictures yesterday.

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Some of the flowers frequently start blooming in March but others are about 6 weeks ahead of schedule.

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I took the rest of the pictures in this post today (Sunday, March 12, 2017).

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Yes, it is snowing this morning.

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There's a lot of white on white.

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I do enjoy photographing flowers in the snow.

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It's a soft snow and not too cold.

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The crazy part is my azaleas are blooming a month early for some and a month and a half early for others.

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This is definitely a first for me.

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I've photographed narcissus in the snow many times but I've never photographed azaleas in the snow.

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I worry about the farmers as they've had problems with strawberries and other plants getting ahead of themselves.

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Back to the many faces of my camellias.

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I have photographed them in a lot of phases.

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My neighbor's Japanese Maple has already leafed out.

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I'll end on another one of my azalea bushes.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 2017 ending

Looks like March will be coming in like a lamb in my neck of the woods. 

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I wouldn't be surprised if it goes out like a lion.

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It has cooled off a bit which I like.

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Doesn't look like next week will have any extreme temperatures that would put the flowers to bed.

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There are only a night or two with the forecast going below freezing.

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Out of curiosity I looked at my shots from 2016.

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The difference is we had an ice storm mid February in 2016 which was a factor for early buds.

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We only had snow one time this winter and that was in January.

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I am definitely enjoying the early early spring this year.

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The main thing I hope doesn't happen is for the trees to leaf out too soon.

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Years when trees have to start developing leaves twice in a year seems to be a factor in later produce such as pecans with my pecan tree. 

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