Wilmington, NC: A Year In Review

I enjoyed documenting my past year’s experiences with a photo review so much for You Capture, that I decided to do another one!

In case y’all didn’t already know from my frequent  ranting and bragging occasional mentions about where I live – I live in the beautiful, historic southern town of Wilmington, North Carolina. Last April I started another blog, Wilmington Daily Photo, where I try to (but did a dismal job in December) post a new photo every day of something that shows off the beauty of where I live.

These photos are my picks of the best of each month. If you click on the photo, it will take you to the blog post on Wilmington Daily Photo, and you can see a larger version, plus read a bit about what you are lookin’ at.

Hope y’all enjoy the tour of my hometown!

April 2009, Horse Drawn Carriage Tour


May 2009, Battleship NORTH CAROLINA


June 2009, the Spring Garden at Airlie Gardens


July 2009, The Cape fear Riverwalk

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August 2009, Johnny Mercer’s Pier


September 2009, The Henrietta Riverboat


October 2009, a shrimp trawler


November 2009, Pilot House Oysters

December 2009,  Heavenly Bamboo

January 2010, the Bellamy Mansion

To learn more and see more  photographs of my beautiful city, please visit Wilmington Daily Photo. Thanks, y’all!

Capturing Bits of Red in Wilmington, NC


The HENRIETTA III, an authentic tour and dinner riverboat,  is a constant and familiar part of the scenery on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC. She is docked at the foot of Dock and Water Streets, on The Riverwalk, in historic downtown.

“Welcome Aboard!” is the motto of HENRIETTA III’s Captain Carl Marshburn and crew. They offer the finest in Southern hospitality. A favorite for locals and visitors, HENRIETTA III is a unique way to celebrate  special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, family reunions, weddings and receptions, as well as just a lazy day or evening of fun.


This was taken early one morning at Topsail Beach, NC. It’s the best time of day for fishing, if you can get up that early!

Topsail Beach is located on Topsail Island, just off US Highway 17, about halfway between Wilmington and Jacksonville, NC. Topsail (pronounced Tops’l) has a rich and varied history. In the 1700’s, when pirate ships roamed these waters, the pirates had an infamous hiding place  in the channel behind the island, where they waited for passing merchant ships. In time, the merchants learned to watch for the tops of the pirate’s sails, which could be seen over the rolling dunes, and the island became known as Topsail Island.


This shot was taken at a Classic Car Show in Wilmington, NC. The name Fairlane came from Henry Ford’s Fair Lane mansion location in Dearborn, Michigan. The Ford Fairlane was introduced in 1955 as Ford’s full-size model and was available in six different body styles.


Horse-drawn carriage tours are offered daily, every half hour, at the foot of Market Street in downtown Wilmington. This is a great way for visitors to see the city and learn about our history. I have taken the tour myself, and every time I learn something new.  The costumed driver, known as “The Carriage Man” has a wealth of information about the stately old mansions, public buildings and streets.

The folks at Springbrook Farms own and manage the horses. Each one of them are rescued Percheron draft horses, born on Amish farms throughout the Northeast. For whatever reason, the farmers were not able to use them, and they wound up at auction. Often these magnificent animals are bought by meat processing companies to make dog food or other products. These folks have saved the lives of many horses over the years and continue to do so with the proceeds they make from the tours.

These folks love their horses. They rotate them throughout the day, so the horses are allowed frequent water and rest breaks. They are out fitted with special shoes, and provided with veterinarian care. After a week of pulling carriages, each horse is given a three week vacation at the Brunswick County farm.

Many thanks to Springbrook Farms, not only for rescuing these fine animals, but for lending a special ambiance to our city!


Hughes Brothers, Inc. is North Carolina’s oldest tire dealer, in business since 1921. The original shop was at the corner of  2nd and Market Streets, in Wilmington, NC. This interesting red and white building at 1101 Market Street has been their primary location since the 1940’s.


I captured this photo this past summer on a visit to Wrightsville Beach, NC. It has a lot of red in it, but I particuarly like the red Radio Flyer wagon. The little boy riding in it was having the time of his life!


This photo was taken in the sound waters near Figure Eight Island.

This is a crab cage. It may also be referred to as a “crab pot”. There are many different types of crab cages, or traps, and they all work pretty much the same way. You place some bait, usually raw chicken pieces, at the bottom of the trap  in a “bait bag,” and secure it to the bottom of the trap so that it doesn’t float away. The cage has a string or cord attached to it. When you toss it into the water, the sand comes up and conceals most of the cage, leaving the bait in plain view. This attracts the crabs, who climb in for a free meal. When the cage is pulled out of the water, the tugging action on the cords causes the sides of the cage to come up, trapping the crabs inside of the cage.


Wilmington is a beautiful city, rich in history and natural scenery. As a Wilmington native, I am always jumping at the chance to show off my hometown.

Y’all really ought to visit the lovely and talented Pseudonymous High School Teacher today.  Pseudo, as she’s affectionately referred to, lives in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Anyhoo, she has started a great thing over at her place called Travel Tip Thursday – every Thursday she and anyone who chooses to participate will do a little “travelogue” about a place close to home.

I found a new photo blog to participate in on Thursdays! It’s called You Capture. Every week there is new theme. This week’s was “Red” I immediately thought of these pictures – these are all from my blog, Wilmington Daily Photo. I also participate in a photo forum called Ruby Tuesday. Ruby Tuesday allows me to post photos of something red every week, so I thought I’d recycle some of my favorites. You can see all of my Ruby Tuesday photos here.

How about y’all? What photos do you have of things that are red?

Click on the link here to read about how to play along. Then, do your best to visit the other participants’ site – everyone loves the traffic, the comments and the feedback (not just you!) Next week’s photo challenge is Still Life. I can’t wait to tackle that one!

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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.