Happy SUNday! – texture & contrast

slate and shell

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leaf and slate

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arteries and veins

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Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris

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wordless wednesday

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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A warm winter – so far

Here in extreme Northeast Florida (Amelia Island) our winter has been very mild which is following a winter from last year that saw no sub-freezing temperatures or frost. Here it is the second week of January and the trees and plants are showing early spring growth.

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First up are the poor river maples in my front yard. They still have some green leaves from this past summer and leaves that have changed color with the onset of autumn – and now there are blossoms for the next round of leaves. I’ve never seen blossoms this early and certainly, I’ve never seen this many of last season’s leaves still hanging on. I would think that climatologically we’re still capable of having a hard (and damaging) freeze here before February is over.

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Here are our azaleas starting to blossom – about one month too early and indicative of the mild winter we’re experiencing.

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The river maples with plenty of last seasons leaves and the new blossoms starting to pop. A large oak is visible in the background. Typically the oak will shed its leaves during April and May.

At this point in time with so many spring buds and blossoms appearing our hope is to avoid a hard freeze before spring. We hit 76 degrees here along the coast with the mid-80s reported inland.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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The Bog

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A view from my sunroom window of our backyard habitat. Steady winter rains have reestablished the bog. It’s rained for about 48 hours straight as a low from the Gulf of Mexico moved across the southeast.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Happy SUNday! – Snake House

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A wonderful surprise in our side garden. Looks like she found the perfect home. I believe it’s a southern black racer – a frequent resident of our garden habitats.

Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – In the Garden

A few images of the garden after some overnight thundershowers (storms).

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After 15 years of weathering our cypress fence supports a wide variety of organisms. This image was taken with my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830. Even at 20.1 megapixels, the image doesn’t pop your eyeballs out of your head. ISO 200 but a super slow shutter speed. The limitation of the Sony is that it’s not at its best in lower light situations.

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The same section of the fence but this image was taken with my Samsung Galaxy S8+

It’s hard to say which image is “better” as they are both technically correct. The Samsung shows a lot more processing and as a result, looks sharper. But is it better? The Sony shot is closer to capturing the realness of the scene.

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Crepe myrtle blossoms – almost an unnatural pink but that’s the way they look. No post-processing. Sony Cyber-shot.

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New growth – wonderful greens. Sony Cyber-shot.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+

Have a beautiful (and peaceful) day! – Chris

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Seed Raiders!

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Have a beautiful day y’all! – Chris

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In the Garden – Good morning reptiles!

I went out to check the bird feeder early this morning and was rewarded by a visit from a couple of my garden residents.

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This river cooter is a regular because I’m lucky to have a nice natural bog and pond in the woods behind my house and although it’s a turtle “Disneyland” back there they do enjoy getting out and about and catching some sun. This gal is about football sized as a point of reference.

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One of the hundreds, yes hundreds of lizards in my yard. This one normally hangs out on the fence but almost always catches the first rays of sun on these rocks.

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The dogwood is finally getting its leaves – it’s always a late “bloomer” but this year it was particularly slow. This one was started from a tiny tiny seedling sent to me by the Arbor Day Foundation – it’s taken about 8 years just to get to be about 5 feet tall and has yet to bloom.

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Portulaca – aka “moss rose”

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Have a beautiful day y’all! – Chris

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some early morning zen in the garden

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Cameras: Fujifilm X-A10 and Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful Saturday! – Chris

Stop by the camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for some classic photo gear.

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