Sunday, January 13, 2013

Let's take a Gracey break.



Last week, Gracey discovered that a strategically placed treehouse cat-climber allows access to an even higher perch.


The cuteness continues: She started removing some old wallpaper for me the next day.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Some Ducks and a Heron

On Lake Kittamaqundi this past weekend: Besides the usual mallards, geese and gulls, I found ring-necked ducks and hooded mergansers. A tight group of four of the ring-necked were swimming around the lake (and diving a lot) on Saturday, but I only found one of them on Sunday.




Ring-necked with female and male mergansers in background

Saturday, January 5, 2013

After the Tornado Watch


Late afternoon, December 26, 2012; fields outside Kinston in eastern North Carolina. Nearby on the coast, a couple of water spouts came ashore and turned into small tornados. The vigilant weather reporters on local station WITN assured us that the shallow cloud structure overhead was less likely to produce the kind of severe twisters that had troubled other parts of the country for the holiday.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Asheville and WhiteGate Inn, North Carolina, Dec. 2012

View of downtown Asheville from Carmel's Kitchen and Bar

The 1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage


One of numerous examples of Art Deco architecture in town, the former Woolworth building is home to the Woolworth Walk gallery of local artists.
Heading home, I stopped at this scenic overlook on I-26/23 in Tennessee. It made up for not being able to drive on the closed northern section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

One more photo, from a previous visit: in the garden of the WhiteGate, May 2011.

(The Garden Spots page under Music and Other Arts in this blog's margin has related links.)

Double-Crested Cormorants (and lots of guano)

Three double-crested cormorants joined the gulls on Lake Kittamaqundi's paddle-boat dock yesterday, January 1. Sibley's bird guide tells me that the two birds with lighter front plumage are juveniles; the all-dark bird on the right is an adult. Double-cresteds sport a crest of feathers over each eye during breeding season.

The next Howard County Bird Club meeting at the Robinson Nature Center is Thursday, January 10...social starting at 7:30pm...meeting starting at 8:00pm,  leading into the regular presentation...Here's a link to the site, and please note particulars about when the Nature Center opens and locks its doors to accommodate the evening event:

http://howardbirds.org/