My bike takes me to many a place. Loaded basket, mostly with cameras and filters, we ride seeking and discovering nooks and crannies, treasures and troves.
Oh…take me away – today, tomorrow and back to yesterday. Where there is uniqueness, beauty and to interesting places. I ride…
Up high patiently waiting for clearance to swoop down and steal a bit of the roadside kill – a decaying kit fox next to the marsh bridge were two Turkey Buzzards, also known as Turkey Vulture.
My admiration is of the wing span size and essence of survival. Definitely not for their beauty, as they are grotesque and vicious looking.
Outside my door there is a flowering plant. In the morning the buds are tight. As the sun rises the blooms open full.
Depending on the light, the blooms offer a different display.
Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pantaloons, slip, hoop skirt, dress, gloves, curls, parasol, ribbons, bows, fan and sugar…a beautiful garden and a handsome gentleman = ingredients for an Antebellum Belle’s dream afternoon!
Cultural traditions have remained threaded through various events that feature Antebellum Belle “lifestyle” and “fashion.” In Wilmington, North Carolina, there are the Azalea Belles. (http://www.capefeargardenclub.org/azalea-garden-tour/azalea-belles-policies/) High School girls apply to be selected to represent and adorn Antebellum attire designed locally for the various annual events and activities surrounding the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour and the North Carolina Azalea Festival. (http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/)
The tradition and history of a Garden Party goes back to the 1700’s. There is a relaxed and gentle feeling, more of an aura, to a garden party. Whether a small backyard garden or the impeccable gardens like Longwood Gardens (http://www.longwoodgardens.org/TheStoryofLongwood_1_3_2_1_1.html), Airlie Gardens (http://airliegardens.org/) or Greenfield Lake Park (Home of the Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden – Home of the World’s Largest Rotary Wheel, https://www.facebook.com/RotaryWheel). The gardens are hostess to people longing to socialize and fellowship with others amongst the natural and engineered beauty and landscapes within.
In Wilmington, North Carolina, the Antebellum style threads through its rich and abundant historical architecture, culture and gardens.
These photos were all taken by Stuart Benson at the Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden.
(Dress Designer: Alma Fennel, Drapery World, Wilmington, NC)
To Grill, I mean BBQ, or not to grill, I mean BBQ? That is NOT the question… Which is it, really?
Is this only a debate of north/south or east/west? Or is it one of the biggest social science studies, next to pee-can and peh-cahn?
Irregardless of the genetics of cooking meat outside on an open fired rack, the food that comes off of this piece of cooking equipment is delicious!
When I see Graffitti I often wonder what the artist went through, if in fact they were finished or abruptly interrupted.
I wonder “why a train car?” Perhaps because train cars, and alley ways, are tucked away, but traveled.
Each artist, creatively through font, color and design, gives to us messaging, meaning and form -beauty is in the eye of the beholder – a definite.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Cape Fear Riverfront
Historical Port City
Wilmington was 1st explored by Giovanni da Verrazano and reported to French King Francis I in 1524. The City of Wilmington was founded in 1739. Rich in American history, politics and environment.
We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place!
Ever find yourself lost in a melody, harmony or words from a song? Music can capture all your senses. It will take you away or lift your spirit. Music is food for the soul! (If you are open to it)
Even a bad song can capture you. When “that” song is played, whether live, radio, satellite, in your car, at home or office…music will change the environment with its energy. Just check out what music can do to a crystal (http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/water-crystal.html).
This past weekend attended a Jamey Johnson Concert. The photo does not describe the energy that lifted the people in this venue to sing along to every word of every song! Lyrics to sound – reminiscence of happy and sad life experiences, meshed with friends and lovers enjoying the evening! (http://www.jameyjohnson.com/home/)
I listen to everything musical! I love when a song moves me and its impact make me dance and sing along – or want to “play it again.”
What would the world be like without music?