I Heart Yellow Bubbles

This week’s photo challenge on I Heart Faces is “Yellow.”

I snapped this photo of this adorable little girl at the NC Azalea Festival Parade. She was blowing bubbles with a toy that her parents bought from a street vendor, and I thought the colors were just lovely. I was hoping to capture them and I was pleased with this result.

I Heart Faces is a photography sharing forum that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Each week, people from across the world enter their favorite face photos.

Click on the picture for a better view and click the button to check out lots of other faces, or to enter a photo of your own.

Azalea Festival In My City

I chose these images for Sunday in My City, a photo forum that has folks posting pictures on Sunday of their cities. To visit other cities, click on the button and link up with photos of your own town.

Goodness, gracious, it’s Sunday, y’all! Where does all the time go when you’re not blogging?  I have been playing hookey the past few weeks, but I’ve been snapping lots of photos. These are just a few I took at the annual Azalea Festival that is held here, in Wilmington, North Carolina every spring. It is a big southern-style party, complete with a parade, a street fair, fireworks, garden tours, a few celebrities and lots of pretty local girls dressed up like southern belles.

The whole thing is in celebration of the azalea, which blooms here in profusion, along with dogwood trees,

The parade always includes the marching cadets.

And a few colorful clowns. This one even had his poodle dyed to match the azaleas.

The local kids get in the act with lots of talent and loads of cuteness.

The azalea belles are in the parade…


And one of them appeared to be lost in the crowd.


You Capture Spring

I’ve been participating in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way), it’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme. This week it was “Spring.”

Spring is here in southeastern North Carolina, and with it comes days warm enough to finally return to the beach, strawberries to pick at the local fields, nights warm enough to finally sit outside on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine, our annual Azalea Festival and spring breaks.

I took a vacation from work (and blogging) and spent the last two weeks having the whole family over for an authentic southern meal (fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, butter-beans with pork neck bones, fresh tomato salad and sour cream pound cake) for my youngest son’s birthday, rushing to the emergency room right in the middle of beating the eggs into the pound cake batter because my mom passed out from not being able to breathe (she’s fine now and getting treatment), driving to and from New York in two days to pick up two giggly fifteen year old girls (my step daughter and her BFFL)  who spent their spring break with us, dragging the two girls to an Azalea Festival Parade, street fair, fireworks,  garden tour, the beach, a “girl day” complete with mani-pedis and mimosas, going out to dinner several times (which added another ten pounds to my already disgusting weight gain!) and visiting a couple of local garden centers to pick up hundreds of dollars worth a few flowers to plant in my flower beds.

Whew! Did I leave anything out? Probably, but you get the general idea.

Of course, I toted my camera everywhere with me, snapping  hundreds thousands of photos of just about everything! Because everything around here is just so darn gorgeous right now, y’all!

Azaleas and dogwoods are the stars of the festival.

Along with the Azalea Belles!

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is held in April every year in Wilmington, NC. It’s a celebration of everything exceptional about Wilmington: artwork, gardens, rich history and culture.  It is a grand party, southern style, that includes entertainment, a parade, a street fair, a circus, several concerts, pageantry, and of course, authentic southern belles in a variety of pretty costumes.

I have so many gorgeous photos to share, that I’ve decided to start posting again in my other blog, Wilmington Daily Photo, which I have neglected since (gasp!) spring of last year!

Next week’s challenge on You Capture is “Pink!” I will definitely be back to post lots of pink flowers, dresses  hats and poodles from my collection of hundreds thousands of springtime photos!

Ten Reasons Why Wilmington, NC is my Favorite Hometown

This week’s spin cycle, brought to us by Sprite’s Keeper at  www.sprteskeeper.com is about favorites. We were supposed to go through our archives, find our favorite blog and post the link or copy it into a new post, or something equaly mystifying, but since I’ve only been blogging for a few months, and since I don’t know how to work the link thingy, I decided to write about one of my favorite places, WIlmington, N.C., instead.

So here are ten reasons why I love Wilmington. I’m going to let the pictures do the talking, since they can say a thousand words, silently, without any typos.

1. The Battleship North Carolina makes her home here, the centerpiece of the Wilmington Riverfront and a living Memorial to the men and women who fought in the pacific theater of WWII.

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2. The HENRIETTA III, a steamboat on the Cape Fear River.  A trip on the HENRIETTA III is a scenic experience, complete with dinner, dancing and narration by Captain Carl Marshburn.

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3. The Waterfront, along the Cape Fear River, filled with charming historic buildings, homes and the churches that gave Wilmington her nickname, ” The City of Churches.”

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4. Horsedrawn Carriage Tour’s impressive horses and costumed drivers narrate the journey, as passengers ride past the stately mansions, impressive restored homes and the cobblestone and brick streets of historic downtown Wilmington.

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5. Johnny Mercer’s Pier, the gem of Wrightsville Beach. It used to be made of wood, before being destroyed by Hurricane Fran in 1996. It was rebuilt in concrete in 2001, and is considered one of the most popular attractions in southeastern North Carolina.

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6. Every year, in April, Wilmington is home of the Azalea Festival, which includes a grand parade along the riverfront.

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7. Southern Belles in the Azalea Festival. These local beauties wear authentic antebellum dresses and have come to symbolize the Festival season as much as the flowers they represent.

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8. The incredible beauty of our beaches. This is a rocky stretch near Fort Fisher, and a favorite spot for fishermen.

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9. Summer Rest Road, a little slice of heaven on earth, located along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway. The mature live oaks and the dangling Spanish moss make this one of the most tranquil spots in the area.

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10. Wrightsville Beach, in the fall, at sunset. There is no better time, and no better place on earth to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature.

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