Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What a Catch!


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Track out for the kids is winding down.  They go back to school tomorrow.  On the one hand, I could use a break, but on the other hand I am already missing these fun times.  I'm a little weepy since our beloved Blaze passed last week, and seeing the kids growing up so quick isn't helping.  Thankfully, as some of the activities that we used to do fade away new ones engage us.

Yesterday the kids and I went to Pullen Park where we rode the carousel and train and played on the playground.  We intended to get on the pedal boats there, but they weren't open.  We headed over to Lake Johnson and went on the pedal boats there...for an hour.  Let me tell you, that is a lot of pedaling.  The kids took turns, but I stayed in my spot the entire time.  Fortunately, my leg muscles don't seem any worse for wear today.  We were treated to some interesting wildlife while we were out on the water.  We watched a great blue heron fly past us gliding over the water.  We saw several cormorants gathering on a log in shallow water.  We saw barn swallows and their nests under the road bridge.  We even saw two Canada Goose nests and had a goose follow us and beg us for food.  Near the end, I took my daily shot.  One of the cormoants was wrestling a huge fish.  I couldn't tell what he had as I took the shot just tried to focus as best as I could as the boat swayed on the water and the kids had a water fight.  Ah the things a photographer has to work through:-)  It is extremely cropped, but I thought it was the most interesting shot that I took yesterday.

Here are our best pics from Pullen Park.  If you look closely, you'll see that I took another shot of the kids on the big M at the playground.


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And here are our best pics from Lake Johnson.


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!


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Everyone got in on the act for the annual Easter Egg Hunt today.  Madi found the most eggs followed by Joey and Johnny.  Don't tell the boys, but she has a perfect track record beating them:-)  Prizes were $5 for the most eggs found with $4 for second and $3 for third.  I believe 4 eggs were not found (out of 48), and even those that hid them couldn't find them.  We had fun dying and decorating them with me and Christine adding some finishing touches once the kids had all the eggs dipped.  I love how the Easter Bunny was peeking through the kitchen window at us!  Until next year!

N


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As some of you guessed on Friday's shot, I was looking for letters at the NC Transportation Museum when we visited on Thursday.  The kids spotted this N as I was taking Friday's shot, and I turned around and took it.  I hope I can find an even better N sometime, but it's the best I have right now.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wind Beneath My Wings


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A shot taken at the NC Zoo on Thursday.  On our way back home from Carowinds, we also made a one hour stop at the zoo in the hopes of seeing the polar bear, Patches, in the water again like we did a couple of weeks ago.  No luck  She was awake and pacing but not swimming.

This was a luck/mistake shot, and I decided I liked it enough to post.  I spend a lot of time trying to get inflight butterfly shots during the summer months, and this one happened all on it's own.  Go figure.

I also liked this shot of Madi.


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And these flower shots too.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Joey Underwater Peace


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The kids had a good time playing in the hotel swimming pool with the under water camera.  Joey had to take a lot of shots to get this one lined up right.  Either Madi or I took it.  We were taking turns.  I like this one of Madi which I think looks angelic.


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NC Transportation Museum Spencer - The Back Shop


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The NC Transportation Museum was just a few miles off the interstate on our way home from Carowinds, so we stopped in.  We didn't take the train ride, but we did walk around all the buildings and take a ride on the turn table.

I was pleased to see that we could actually step inside The Back Shop where I took the picture I've posted as my daily.  Fascinating combination of beams and natural light not to mention some old vehicles too.

Here's a similar shot I took in 2011.


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I was very excited by the potential of this shot but disappointed about the bucket.  The floor was unstable, and it wasn't able to be moved.  I intend to play with this shot later in the week and see if I can salvage it.


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Here are a few more shots from our visit.


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