A nice morning to look out my office window


Some mornings, things do not go exactly as planned.  I could blame technology, but the truth of the matter is that it is easy to forget little details in this complex world of ours even when you are living on the Southern Outer Banks on the edge of the technologically sophisticated world.

This morning I walked to the end of our driveway as I usually do each morning.  My Nikon 3100 camera with telephoto lens was strapped around my neck as it normally is.  The Bluewater Cove boat ramp is just a few feet from the end of our driveway.  As you look at this picture note the post at the corner of the boardwalk.
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Then there was no wind


Yesterday afternoon the winds started dying down after the previous day when they were first blowing strongly from the southwest and then turned and came from the northwest even more forcefully.

Of course we had warm temperatures when the wind was blowing.  Now that the winds have stopped, the temperatures have dropped.  We can hope for a nice warm day with no winds which will make us think of summer. Just maybe it will not take as long as last year.

Wind is more often a part of spring than warming temperatures. The one thing that I miss about winter is that we no longer have herons and pelicans at our doorstep every morning.
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Now Wind is Blowing Out the Gut


There is nothing like being on a weather roller coaster.  I hope the old  "In like a lion, out like lamb" saying works for this March.  Most of yesterday we had a strong southwest wind which blows right up the gut that runs behind our home to the White Oak River.

You can see the gut on this Google map which records the river water temperature check that I did with our skiff on Sunday afternoon.

With the strong winds blowing up the Gut on February 28, the water looked different then than it does on March 1 when the water is blowing down the gut from a more northerly direction. Just compare the picture in my post, Blowing up the Gut, to the one in this post. If you click on the picture in Blowing up the Gut post, it will enlarge.  The one in this post won't, but you can still see the difference.
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A slow start on a foggy morning


Spring is never a smooth ride. Saturday morning I had a wonderful walk along our boardwalk.  The weather was great, and I did not even need a coat. 

I did have to make a u-turn when I saw one of our resident great blue herons enjoying the early morning sunshine. I hate to disturb anyone soaking up the sun.

Later in the morning I worked in our yard pulling out wild onions which seem to be hard to eradicate in any environmentally friendly way.  I got so warm that when I went in for lunch, I changed to shorts and a tee shirt.

After lunch I even went out on our dock barefooted and wearing the same shorts and tee shirt. At 67F with bright sunshine, I was very comfortable.   I even managed to stalk one of our blue herons and get a great picture of him about to catch his lunch.

I had a few things to do maintaining one of my websites, so I retired to my upstairs office where I am proud to report that I have a handful of tomato seedlings growing.
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It is the time of year for things to take off


Spring is always a bumpy ride, but things besides the white herons are starting to take off.

Today we wandered inland twenty miles to visit some nice neighborhoods in Jacksonville, NC.   It is no secret that in early spring the coastal areas take a little longer to warm up.

All the water that got chilled during the winter has to be warmed up before the whole area can stay warm.

The difference between warm land and cool waters often creates a fair amount of wind this time of year.  There is no way to get around it.  We just have to wait for temperatures to equalize a little.

Just going a few miles inland generally means that you will see flowers and trees blooming that we will not find on the coast until a week or so later in the year.  That was the case today. While I had only seen the first of the daffodils in the warmest spots in Swansboro, Jacksonville was a different story.
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Quiet on the gut this morning


When I go for my morning walk and the water is so calm that I can take a clear, reflected picture of the sky, the chances are that we are going to have a nice day.

In checking the forecast for the next ten days, it looks like our temperatures are going to be in the fifties and sixties until at least March 1, 2011.

That is weather that I can enjoy.  In the last ten days we have wandered from Cape Carteret to Murrells Inlet, SC then to Cornelius, NC and finally to Roanoke, Virginia where we enjoyed some of the spring season's first real warmth.

Being on the roads makes you appreciate home.  Our bed felt especially good last night.  This morning's walk around the boardwalk was especially nice since the sun was warm and the winds were quiet.
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Two nice days and a miss on the snow


This winter, any day that I get some nice weather will be enjoyed to the fullest.  Tuesday and Wednesday of this second week of February have both been nice.

I took advantage of both of them to enjoy some time outside and enjoy some hikes.  I even managed to work in my yard on Tuesday.  The rains did start until dinner time on Wednesday.

Thursday has turned out better than expected since the snow wasn't even enough to coat the back of a blue heron much less a driveway or road. 

That did not stop Camp Lejeune from closing except for essential personnel.  I guess we need to keep the Canadians as close allies in case we have to fight in snow.

I have no problem with the bases being careful with real snow. However, this is the age of instant communication.  I saw a scrolling warning across the television well before the eleven o'clock news forecast last night that the base's plan was to be closed.
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