north carolina photography

Snapshots Sunday: Animal Friends 6.0

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Shots of the locals. ~Vic

Animal Friends 5.0

Turtles Sunning Image One
Just sunning themselves.
05-12-2018
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Bunny Image Two
Little bunny.
06-23-2019
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Cows Image Three
Moo!
09-04-2019
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Toad Image Four
Croak!
09-23-2019
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Deer Group Image Five
Just hanging out.
10-15-2019
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Squirrel On A Log Image Six
Cute squirrel.
04-04-2020
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FFTD: Orange Eye

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I had no clue about this one. Pl@ntNet certainly helps, assuming it is correct or that I chose properly. This is, possibly, a Buddleja Davidii or Summer Lilac and Butterfly-Bush. It is a flowering plant but, I thought the leaves were pretty, too. It’s native to Central China and Japan. ~Vic

Orange Eye Image
11-19-2019
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FFTD: Gated Tulips

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That’s not really a genus or a family but, they do look cute peeking through the iron gate. ~Vic

Tulips Through The Gate Image
04-10-2019

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Hunter’s Blue Moon Halloween 2020

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I did a complete write-up in 2018 on the Hunter’s Moon so, I won’t repeat it, here. That being said, this is a Blue Moon as October’s first full moon fell on…well…the first.

Blue Moon Image One
Blue Moon with Mars from the Parking Deck
10-30-2020
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From Moon Giant:

Humans through the ages have always found autumn’s full moons to be creepy and not without good reason. [T]his year, the moon will be extra exciting. The month starts with the Harvest Moon on October 1st and a second Blue Moon on Halloween, October 31st. The Harvest Moon is the Full Moon that falls closest to the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd. In most years, the September Full Moon lands closest but, this is one of the rare years that the October Full Moon falls very early in the month and closest to the Equinox. This makes the first Full Moon the Harvest Moon and, the second, the Full Hunter’s Moon.

Moon Over The Eno Image Two
Moon glow over the Eno
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More from Moon Giant:

The modern day definition of a Blue Moon is when there are 2 Full Moons in one month. A Full Moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days and, on the rare occasion when the Full Moon falls at the very beginning of a month, there is a good chance a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month. Depending on the exact time of the Blue Moon it is possible that some places in the world don’t technically have a Blue Moon. The modern definition […] was derived from an earlier idea of what a Blue Moon was. This earlier definition says a Blue Moon is when there are [four] Full Moons in a season rather than the usual [three]. The Blue moon is the 3rd Full Moon out of the 4. This definition gets a bit complicated and its origins are murky. One school of thought has to do with the naming of the Full Moons. Many cultures named the Full Moons each month to reflect the times for planting, harvesting or seasonal conditions. When an extra Full Moon was thrown in it was referred to as a Blue Moon to keep the Full Moon names constant throughout the year. The idea of a Blue Moon being the extra full Moon in a season (or when there were 13 in a year) was widely used in 19th, and early 20th [century], Farmers Almanacs and the more modern version seems to have come from an article written in the 1930s that misinterpreted the Farmers Almanac definition. The article was titled “Once in a Blue Moon” and from that point on, the term became part of the popular culture.

Moon Over The Riverwalk Image Three
Mars & Moon over the Riverwalk bridge.
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From Time and Date:

Why is it called a Blue Moon? The historical origins of the term and its two definitions are shrouded in a bit of mystery and, by many accounts, an interpretation error. Some believe that the term “blue moon”, meaning something rare, may have originated from when smoke and ashes after a volcanic eruption turned the Moon blue. Others trace the term’s origin to over 400 years ago. [F]olklorist Philip Hiscock has suggested that invoking the Blue Moon once meant that something was absurd and would never happen. This Halloween Blue Moon […] is also a Micro Full Moon.

Barfing Pumpkin Daylight Image Five
My drunk, barfing pumpkin.
10-31-2020
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Drunk Pumpkin Image Four
All lit up.
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100% illumination occurred at 10:49am EDT. ~Vic

POTD: Tree Art

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This is a companion piece to my Virus Humor post back in April. It takes talent and patience to do this. And, a sharp knife. ~Vic

Tree Art Image
Just waiting for the phallic symbol and woody jokes.
04-15-2020

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Shutterbug Saturday: Halloween Local 4.0

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The mood of our country isn’t really conducive to decorating or celebrating. There are a few highlights, here but, our town isn’t showing a lot of Halloween spirit. It’s a complete shame but, I managed to get a few shots. ~Vic

Halloween Local 3.0

Pumpkins In A Row Image One
Pumpkin Row
09-26-2020
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Pipe Skeleton Image Two
The skeleton guy has shoes, now.
10-14-2020
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Skeletons Image Three
I love the bird skeleton.
09-26-2020
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Great Pumpkin Image Four
It’s the Great Pumpkin!
This was on a box, on the ground, at our local market.
10-07-2020
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Gargoyle Image Five
Gargoyle in a local bar.
10-01-2020
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Insurance Decoration Image Six
Local insurance company.
10-07-2020
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Local Insurance Company Image Seven
They did a nice job.
10-07-2020
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Pumpkin Decoration Image Eight
A neighbor’s decoration a block away.
I love the starfish pumpkin.
10-01-2020
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Pumpkin Decoration Image Nine
Lovely decoration.
10-01-2020
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Pumpkin Decorations Image Ten
Lumpy pumpkin.
10-01-2020
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Ghost & Skeleton Decoration Image Eleven
Spooky ghostie & bat skeleton.
10-10-2020
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Glowing Ghost Image Twelve
Glowing ghostie.
10-08-2020
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My Front Yard Image Thirteen
My front yard.
The pumpkin will be carved for Halloween.
10-20-2020
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POTD: Hiatus

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I’m taking a break from blogging for a while. I’m kinda burned out. In fact, I’m burned out on a lot of things. I’m not sure when I will return. ~Vic

Sunset & Adirondacks Image
Backyard Haven
02-25-2020

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