Date: September 16th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, Aquatic creatures, beach, North Carolina, Seasonal, Travel, Travel USA, Urban and State Parks, USA.

Survivor: sand crab with a transparent shell and two legs missing. Nag's Head beach, Outer Banks, NCSurvivor: sand crab with a transparent shell and two legs missing. Nag’s Head beach, Outer Banks, NC. This little crab measuring about 2 inches across had two legs missing but was still managing across the hills and valleys of footsteps in the sand. My guess is that a bird must have snatched it up then dropped it, retaining two of the legs for lunch. Shortly after this encounter it finally started digging a hole, offering much more protection than a footprint..

 

Date: September 5th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, City Streets, Cultures, Design, North Carolina, Smile, Travel, Travel USA, USA.

Laugh, Love Hope - Asheville, NC

 

Date: August 31st, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, City Streets, Design, Historic significance, North Carolina, Travel, Travel USA, USA.

Booker T Theater, Rocky Mount, NCThe Booker T Theater, Rocky Mount, NC opened “The Savoy” in 1929. (2015 Post-note: after laying unused and in disrepair for many years, it has been restored and reopened as a multi-purpose entertainment facility on April 28, 2011)

 

Date: August 28th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Aquatic creatures, North Carolina, Reptiles, Seasonal, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Urban and State Parks, USA, Water.

Feeding turtles, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCFeeding bread to about 50 turtles, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC

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Feeding turtles, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCFeeding turtles, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCTurtles, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCTurtles, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC

 

Date: August 27th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: City Streets, Flowers, Insects, North Carolina, Seasonal, Summer, Travel USA, USA.

Beetles and wasps on Yukka seed podsBeetles and wasps on Yukka seed pods

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Praying Mantis, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCPraying Mantis, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCPraying Mantis, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC

 

Date: August 26th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Design, North Carolina, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Unusual Interest, Urban and State Parks, USA.

Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NCTwisting vines climbing the trees, Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC

 

Date: August 25th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: beach, Children, Cultures, North Carolina, Seasonal, Travel, Travel USA, USA, Water.

My sons, Adam and Adrian boogie-boarding, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCBoogie-boarding at Kitty Hawk beach, Outer Banks, NC

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Adrian boogie-boarding, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCAdam with boogie-board, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC

 

Date: August 24th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: beach, Birds, North Carolina, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, USA.

Little Bully, Nags Head beach, Outer Banks, NCCrow, Nags Head beach, Outer Banks, NCNags Head beach, Outer Banks, NC

 

Date: October 1st, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, beach, Birds, conservation, Environmental issues, issues, Landscape, North Carolina, seascape, Seasonal, Sky, Summer, sunrise, Sunset, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Urban and State Parks, USA, Water.

Sunset, Washington, North CarolinaJust off the ferry at sunset, Washington, North Carolina

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Sunrise, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCGrackle - Cape Hatteras, NCRainbow - Swan Quarter, NCOld gas station - Farmville, NC

Alain and I flew to North Carolina for three days – a little business trip and I tagged along—he threatened to take my camera with him and I was sure I could not manage without it! We drove around the eastern countryside between Raleigh and Washington, NC through old, old towns. It takes a looong time for wooden doors to shred, and a looong time for conditions to be just right for vines to sprout then twirl round and round, entwined and squished between panes of glass …old, old farms: tobacco, cotton, peanuts.. and an interesting gas station.

There is a lot of history in North Carolina – fossils, settlers and Civil War history. We stayed at Kitty Hawk (first flight – Wright bros.) and walked the shores at various places along the narrow coast of the Outer Banks. We watched the sun rise and dolphins feed – too far away for good photos, even with the telephoto. As soon as the sun rose they swam away.
Along Cape Hatteras, groups of Grackles ate ripe grass seeds, bouncing up and down on the stems, their bodies too heavy for the tall grasses. Just off the 2 1/2 hr. long ferry at Swan Quarter, and sunset with a short, wide rainbow after a storm that we managed to escape and watch from the better side.

NO OLF – we were curious about this sign in many people’s yards. The following website shows a video describing how the U.S. Navy has purchased over 30,000 acres of land near the eastern North Carolina coast, planning to move their pilot training program from Virginia. Part of the huge controversy is that over 75 families would be forced to leave their homes, many of them farming that land for generations. The human issues are enough, but the cause and effect on the wildlife and ecology would be drastic and irreparable. Thousands of ducks and large flocks of snow geese that feed in the area annually would no longer have sanctuary. The large birds would also be a danger to the jets.

On Pony Island a large sand crab tried to buff up and look tough, but it was quite vulnerable there out in the open; all the other crabs scurried into holes but this one stayed, trying to hide in footprints, which offered no protection if we had been birds looking for a hearty meal. Great fun to watch the behavior for a while. It’s clearly outlined crab-shaped shadow following it everywhere, creating a few graphic photos that are perfect resource material for drawings and paintings but do not stand alone as good photography because it was moving so fast.

 

Date: September 29th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: City Streets, North Carolina, Shadows, Silhouettes, Sunset, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, USA.

Afternoon shadows, Kitty Hawk, NCAfternoon shadows, Kitty Hawk, NC

 

Date: September 28th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Design, flowering trees, Flowers, Leaves, North Carolina, Seasonal, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Urban and State Parks, USA.

Magnolia seed pod , Raleigh, NC

 

Date: September 27th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, City Streets, Design, food, Fruit, North Carolina, red, Seasonal, Travel, Travel USA, USA.

Cactus pears, Outer Banks, NCCactus pears, Outer Banks, NC

 

Date: September 26th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, Aquatic creatures, beach, Birds, North Carolina, seascape, Travel, Travel USA, USA, Water.

NC Sandpipers in flightNC Sandpipers in flight

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Horseshoe Crab, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCHorseshoe Crab, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCHorseshoe Crab, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC

 

Date: July 3rd, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: City Streets, flowering trees, Flowers, North Carolina, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, USA.

Crepe Myrtle, Raleigh NCCrepe Myrtle, Raleigh NC

 

Date: July 2nd, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Design, Flowers, North Carolina, purple, Seasonal, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Unusual Interest, USA.

Extremely large, tall, spiky and dangerous thistle, Raleigh, NC

 


 

 
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