Today’s topic on The Daily Post is to describe the town where you grew up.
I was born in, and grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, where I still live today. I wrote about how much I love my hometown in a post titled Going Home. It was recently featured on Freshly Pressed, much to my delight, y’all.
Wilmington is a diverse city, made up of all kinds of people. It is a college town, a thriving port, a retirement relocation for many folks of the Northern persuasion, a historic southern city with roots going back to the Civil War, a popular travel destination, a beach lover’s paradise and a golfer’s dream.
It is home to the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship, the Azalea Festival, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the UNCW Seahawks, and the Wilmington Hammerheads. It offers a large historic district on the riverfront, horse-drawn tours, an authentic riverboat, quaint shops, elegantly restored southern mansions, and Thalian Hall – one of the oldest working theaters in the nation.
The city has been given the nickname “Wilmywood” since it became a major center of American film and television productions. Films such as A Walk To Remember, Blue Velvet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Empire Records, Cape Fear, Black Knight, 28 Days, The Crow (death place of Brandon Lee), Nights in Rodanthe and the controversial film Hounddog were produced here, in addition to television shows such as Matlock, Surface, Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill.
I love my city; the sights, the sounds, the smells and the people. With my camera, I constantly try to capture images that can showcase the essence of it – the customs, the food, the oak trees, the historic buildings, the battleship, the gardens, the salt air full of screaming sea gulls, and the lonely river that flows through it all.
Because I think a picture is worth a thousand words, I hope you enjoy this slideshow of some of my favorite photos that I have captured.