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What’s blooming today

Pear blossoms. I saw lots of honey bees today, by the way.

Peach blossoms.

I call this a cherry bush. It’s difficult to focus close-up on blooms like this, because the wind shakes the tree.

Deciduous magnolia

A different deciduous magnolia, which blooms a bit less red

Spring chickens in high clover


  1. DCS wrote:

    Ugh, and I was stuck inside all week. And now the weather is going to turn yucky over the weekend. Sigh.

    See link here to special events coming up by NCWARN about Duke Energy plans for 15 fracking gas plants:


    Friday, March 18, 2016 at 6:13 pm | Permalink
  2. Jo wrote:

    The Abbey is ready to welcome spring. Beautiful pictures. Thanks DCS for the link on upcoming events.

    Friday, March 18, 2016 at 11:01 pm | Permalink
  3. daltoni wrote:

    DCS: Thank you… I have passed this along to the other folks at No Fracking in Stokes.

    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 3:18 am | Permalink
  4. DCS wrote:

    Encourage everyone to check in regularly on the NCWARN site. Information about Duke Energy’s audacious fracking plans is not getting out there in the regular media outlets. I have looked at all of the usual sources — N&O, Charlotte Observer, the Journal — and I am finding NO SUBSTANTIAL REPORTING about Duke’s plans for fracking operations in our state. Something is afoot, and it is not good. Watch the liars in Raleigh.


    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm | Permalink
  5. DCS wrote:

    David and readers,

    I’m sorry if I’m posting these environmental items seemingly inappropriately, but I’m just trying to get them to you in a timely manner. Just two days ago, there was the following informative column on HuffingtonPost that I’d missed:

    I lived in Charlotte for the same 14 years that McCrory was mayor, and I even voted for him because he was a damn good mayor (see: light rail mass transit). I have no idea who this person is in the governor’s mansion. He is a pod person, an imposter. Very sad to see.


    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm | Permalink
  6. daltoni wrote:

    DCS: Thanks for the links! My guess would be that, when McCrory moved from Charlotte to Raleigh, some pretty big money bought him out. Some of that money would be Art Pope money, but some of it is surely from out of state.

    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

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