Whirligig Park – Wilson, NC

This one-of-a-kind, two acre art park features 31 of Vollis Simpson’s whiligigs in the heart of Historic Downtown Wilson, North Carolina.  For more information visit the wilsonwhirligigpark.org website.

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The Cypress Trees of NC

I’ve been eyeing this spot where the cypress trees grow out of the water just a bit south west of Oriental, NC for sometime. I had this vision for a perfect sunrise. I finally made it! The sun was a bit too far to the east yet to rise directly behind the cypress trees, but the color and the reflections were fabulous!

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St. Patrick’s Day Sunrise

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Battle of the Gulls

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From the ferry between Minnesott Beach and Cherry Branch North Carolina.

 

More Sweet Nostalgia — Everyone Loves A Parade!

“Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson:   you find the present tense, but the past perfect!” — Owen Lee Pomeroy 

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The start of the Croaker Parade ~~ all standing as the colors pass by.

The first Saturday in July is the Oriental, North Carolina Croaker Parade.    A fun hometown parade that features Miss Minnow, the Croaker Queen, the Pamlico County Community Band, and other clever entries that support the year’s theme.  This year’s theme,   “Embrace Your Volunteer Spirit”, was exciting to watch.    Broad, the main drag in Oriental, and Hodges Streets are lined with families, of all different configurations, waving flags, cheering participants,  and catching penny candy tossed their way by those riding or walking in the parade.   This fun hometown parade could have been an episode scripted right out of the Andy Griffith Show — now that and some of the wonderful entries are some sweet nostalgia!

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My favorite entry!

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A nod to the new Piggly Wiggly Store opening 20 July — (after the Walmart Express closed)

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Two beautiful little girls, but the one with pony tail intrigued me.   I have a series of pictures as they road on the back of the convertible, but the little girl with the ponytail just looked so sad.  I sure would have liked to have known if she was. 

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Flags throughout history.

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Family friends! — Embracing their volunteer spirit through the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)!

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My favorite car!

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Sudan Shriners

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Another Fun Car!

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Sudan Shriners on Motorized Beverage Coolers!

Spring sunset, ONC

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I Believe I’ll Go Canoeing…

Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing. – Henry David Thoreau

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Keep calm and kiss a frog…

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“Every Stone Has A Story”

Christmas at New Bern North Carolina National Cemetery

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Airlie Gardens, Take 2

My first visit to Airlie Gardens was blogged in early May under the title:  The Garden by the Sea.    I loved it— it was beautiful and peaceful and I spent the day meandering around the gardens without a care in the world.   I couldn’t wait for a return visit.   So.. I visited this Labor Day Weekend, late summer! —  The camera clutz that I am, my lens hood fell onto Bradley Creek Pier and rolled right into Bradley Creek, never to be seen again.  Nothing was in bloom other than the odd flower here or there and it was hot, hot, hot.    The gardens were green; still beautiful…  still peaceful — and instead of the day meandering — an hour or two of purposeful walking that yielded the following results:

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Adirondackchairs

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