Weird Grass Growing by Creek

I can’t recall if I have shared any photographs of this on the blog before or not.

It’s some sort of odd grass-like plant that grows in one spot on the creek bank. This is what it looks like sprouting up:

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And this is a stick of it left over from last season:

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It stays green months after a stalk has broken off. And during the summer it has stripes. My daughter says that she thinks it looks like something out of Dr. Suess, and I think she’s right. Although you wouldn’t think so by the two photos I am sharing here. I need to try to get some photos of it, during it’s more colorful stage.

If anyone knows what it is, please let me know. Thanks!

Muddy Reflections

My husband calls this the start of mud season. ¬†ūüėČ ¬† ¬†Here are some tree reflections in a mud puddle outside my door. In the first one the wind was blowing and the tiny waves on the water gave the tree a crooked and wavy appearance. ¬†During the second photo the wind was still.

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More icicles…..

These are a few more icicle photos from January 13th.

These were dripping so much that it sounded like rain.

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Some were dripping down and had re-frozen on the hosta stalks below:

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These were dripping so fast that I was trying to catch a photo of the drips, I finally got one…

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January 13th, 2010

Today, January 13th, 2010 was the first day this calendar year that it was above freezing here.

The temperature might have sneaked above the freezing line, but there were still icicles everywhere.

But with the sun finally shining bright, I took the opportunity to photograph some of them in the light.

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These cast creepy looking shadows on the house.

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I loved how blue the sky was today:

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Tiny Water Droplet

I know I have a tendency to make a big deal out of minor details (just ask my husband – LOL!). ¬†But … ¬†as I was about to give my daughter a bottle today a tiny drop of water fell from the freshly washed bottle, onto her pink fleece blanket. ¬†And fleece has somewhat of a waterproof tendency, so the droplet just sat there. ¬†I thought it looked beautiful the way the light from the window was reflecting off of it. ¬†And I had to go get the camera.

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It seemed a bit out of place to include it here. ¬†But then I remembered what I said when I started this blog, about taking the time to enjoy the little things. ¬† ūüėČ

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More creek photos

Yes… still more photos from the 28th. ¬†(And I’m saving my favorite for last. ¬†But I have several more to go before then.) ¬†I’m actually glad that I got all of these photos on Monday because I have had a rough week and haven’t been able to take many pictures. ¬†So I’ve still had something new to post, which is nice.

I can’t say that these photos are anything fancy. ¬†But I just like the water. ¬†It’s peaceful I think. ¬†These were all taken a couple of miles from my house. ¬†It’s the same creek that goes by our place, just further upstream.

I think the lighting was just gorgeous this day.

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I wish you could see this next one full size. ¬†You can see all the individual water droplets splashing. ¬†It’s hard to see in the size for this blog.

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I hope you found those as relaxing as I did.

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Slate bed waterfalls

These are some small waterfalls where the bed is slate.  Can I just say how much I love these?  I have always loved these.  There are many near my home, tucked away, heading to streams and into the main creek.   There are some large, absolutely gorgeous ones buried deep in the woods not too far from my house.  But I am unable to walk the mountains to get there now.  I used to go through there with my family sometimes as a kid.  It was one of my favorite places.  Lots of interesting salamanders there too.

The ones in this area are smaller and not nearly so eye catching. ¬†But I like them a lot all the same. ¬†They are actually near the road and lead directly to the main creek. ¬†They are narrow and tucked away, and would be easily missed if you weren’t looking.

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See how easy it would be to drive right by that?

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Here’s another one.

First a full shot:

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a close up of the top:

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A close up of the breaking away of the slate in the middle:

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