Is it really winter? No wait – Summer in fall.

In the midst of natures crazy cyclical weather patterns I captured a beautiful splash of fall color at the World’s Largest Rotary Wheel.

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Greenfield Lake Park is where the Rotary Wheel is located and is just spectacular in its fall display in December with temps in the 80’s.

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I am going to just count my blessings for this amazing day and an opportunity to capture nature at its best!

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Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center

Visiting the museum on the weekend of the Decoy Auction, 2013Oct, had a chance to capture a couple images, of thousands, that represent the history and culture of the area, the people and the culture of the Core Sound. (http://coresound.com)

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center

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Windmill

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Waterfowl Decoys

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From the balcony of the museum looking out to Cape Lookout

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Jean Dale on display

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Willow Pond

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Core Sound side of Willow Pond walking Trail looking at Brown’s Island

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As I am not the expert, so here is a link to a reputable website with cultural, arts and historical reference and details: http://www.ncfolk.org/folklife-in-nc/travel-itineraries/core-sound/

Tregembo Animals

Lions, tigers and bears -alright!

There is this little, small-town zoo: Tregembo Zoo – Wilmington, North Carolina.
(http://www.tregemboanimalpark.com/) for over 50 years the Tregembo family has been zoo-ing it! This zoo is one of the best attractions in Wilmington. Where else can you go in Southeastern, North Carolina and feel like you had a chance to be like Dr Doolittle and travel the world to see exotic animals?

From peacocks:

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To panthers:

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And giraffes:

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Turtles:

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Tigers:

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And so much more:

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So travel the world in our small hometown and discover animals you have always wanted to see!

Antebellum Garden Party

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!

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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/)

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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.

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These photos were all taken by Stuart Benson at the Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden.
(Dress Designer: Alma Fennel, Drapery World, Wilmington, NC)

Grill or BBQ

To Grill, I mean BBQ, or not to grill, I mean BBQ? That is NOT the question… Which is it, really?

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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!

Panoramic Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
Cape Fear Riverfront
Historical Port City

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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!

Bridge to Nowhere

Over time things evolve and change. Our usual dusk hike led us to nowhere. The bridge, and path, have been closed off to the world. The end of the bridge is now boarded up.

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However, if you venture to the end, you will experience nothing but pure, natural beauty!

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There is beauty in all things…even in what may seem a dead end.

Reflections of Art

Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews, Wilmington, North Carolina. Established 1888.
http://www.brooklynartsnc.com/

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This beautiful historical church is now one of Wilmington, North Carolina’s main entertainment venues. Highly recommended and full of amazing vibes and aura!

Where the sky meets the water

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

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“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? — it is the same the angels breathe.” ~ Mark Twain, Roughing It

In the Sands of Time

Ever turn down a road and realize you really do not know if you are headed in the right direction? And then, you happen upon and discover something interesting, historical and cool? Or you have drove past it a million times and never really paid any attention?

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Well, today I did all of that! The Topsail Towers are erected along the shoreline in Topsail Island (On the boarder of Surf City) North Carolina.

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Abandoned yet profound and glorified by the Carolina Blue skies and the stunning blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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I wondered and pondered who might have lived or worked in this building, and contemplated why they are up and down Topsail Beach.

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Come to find out, they were part of a WW II Navy Missile site. For more info, visit: http://www.Legeros.com/history/more/topsail/