You Capture Still Life

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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 “Still Life.”

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 Technology. I’m not sure how I’m going to tackle that one!

These are some of the photos I captured on a recent lazy afternoon we spent in downtown Wilmington, NC.  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.

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The downtown area offers a wide variety of restaurants, bars and shops that are unique, interesting and full of character. Outdoor dining is a pleasant way to spend a few hours. You might even spot a Hollywood star while you’re lingering over your dessert!

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To see more photos of the historic Wilmington, NC  area, visit my photo blog, Wilmington Daily Photo.

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Random Shots of My City

I chose these photos for Sunday in My City, a photo forum that has folks posting pictures on Sunday of their cities. I thought Wilmington NC should be included.

To participate, visit Unknown Mami and link up! Let’s visit and travel the world together.

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Last weekend we walked around downtown Wilmington and I enjoyed snapping random shots. This odd looking fellow was guarding the doorway of an eclectic gift store on Front Street.

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A shot of some beautiful orange hibiscus.

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I thought the pier pilings on the Riverwalk had a unique beauty of their own.

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A very distinguished looking gentleman and his date were dining at The Pilot House. (Pssst…..I think he might have been someone famous!)

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Do you remember the scene in the Stephen King movie, Cat’s Eye, when the man was forced to walk a narrow ledge around a high-rise penthouse apartment? The building you can see here, peeking out above the trees is that building. It is called The Murchison Building.

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I think these vines are some kind of peas. They were growing along someone’s fence down by the river.

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I’m not sure what this scary looking creature is supposed to be, but he was begging to have his picture taken.

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Old, wrought iron fencing  is prevalent on the streets of our original downtown district. I think it has a quiet, distinct beauty.

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I really wanted to climb up those steps, “set a spell”, and watch world go by with a tall glass of sweet ice tea.

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There is always someone on this street corner, trying to sell something or entertain you for tips.

Wilmington, North Carolina is a beautiful city; rich in history and natural scenery. As a Wilmington native, I am proud to show off my hometown. I love it so much that I have another blog called Wilmington Daily Photo. It keeps me busy posting a new photo of the Wilmington area every day. I hope y’all will check it out and see for yourselves why I think this place is so spectacular.

Sunday in My City

I chose these photos for Sunday in My City, a photo forum that has folks posting pictures on Sunday of their cities. I thought Wilmington NC should be included.

To participate, visit Unknown Mami and link up! Let’s visit and travel the world together.

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Wilmington, North Carolina is a beautiful city; rich in history and natural scenery. As a Wilmington native, I am proud to show off my hometown. I love it so much that I have another blog called Wilmington Daily Photo. It keeps me busy posting a new photo of the Wilmington area every day. I hope y’all will check it out and see for yourselves why I think this place is so spectacular.

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The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, a.k.a. The Showboat, sits in the Cape Fear River across from our scenic historic district.

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Many restaurants line the river’s waterfront, making it possible to enjoy watching various types of watercraft while dining on local specialties such as crab dip or oysters served on a bed of collards.

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A walk down Front Street is like stepping back a century into a slower and gentler time.

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Horsedrawn carriage tours down our cobblestone streets are a convienient and enjoyable way to learn about our historic buildings and get a little flavor of our Civil War era past.

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Ourdoor dining is a popular pastime. The weather is almost always perfect  and it’s fun to watch the endless stream of interesting people passing by.

Did you know that Wilmington is home to a thriving film studio and that Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill are filmed here?

The Cape Fear Segway Tour – Totally Awesome!

Thanks to my friend, Jan, over at Jan’s Sushi Bar, I’ve decided to give this here posting every day thing a try, y’all. It’s called NaBloPoMo,and I can’t believe how long it just took me to write that. Stands for “National Blog Posting Month”. You post something every day for a month.

It’s ridiculously hard damn near impossible.

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Yesterday, Day 7 of our Staycation, we wanted to give the girls a chance to see our downtown historic district during the daytime. We decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and book a Segway Tour from Cape Fear Segway. This is the number one rated attraction in Wilmington, according to Trip Advisor, so I hoped it would be interesting enough to keep the girls entertained.

It was one of the most amazing things we have ever done!

First they had us watch a little video about some of the hazards and safety precautions of riding a segway. It was pretty amusing watching the little stick figures on the film, falling around in funny mishaps.

Then they gave us a demonstration of the basics of operating these amazing machines. It’s really pretty simple. Step on the footboard when the light is green, hold on with both hands, keep your balance by standing upright. To go forward,  simply lean your weight on the balls of your feet and to slow down, or stop, lean back on your heels. The machine is very intuitive – it will easily follow the commands of your body’s shifting weight.

IMG_5671We were all a little apprehensive at first. It’s just hard to believe that it really can be as easy as the owner, Rich, and our tour guide, Damond, made it seem.

Jeff volunteered to go first and even he was a little unsteady for the first few attempts. Then it was my turn.

The girls hung back and watched me skeptically. Danielle kept saying, “There is no way I’m going to be able to do this!”

It took a few minutes to become acclimated to the “feel” of it.

But after spending only a few minutes learning how to make it move, I was pretty sure I would be able to make it through the tour, y’all.

The girls, however, were not convinced.

This is Damond coaxing Sella along. Danielle is still biting her nails, and telling us “no way I’m doing this!”

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Now it was Danielle’s turn. She tried her best to get out of it, but I told her that if she didn’t want to go with us, she’d have to sit there in the store and wait for us to come back.

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As you can see, that convinced her.

The tour was awesome, we went all over the historic downtown area, and even I learned a few new facts about the beautiful city I grew up in. The girls were bored out of their gourds a little disinterested in the history parts of the tour, so Damond quickly adapted his routine to include more information about places where One Tree Hill stars lived and locations where scenes from the show have been filmed.

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By the end of the tour, which lasted two full hours, after our half hour training class, we all felt like we were segway experts. We were zipping along the riverwalk, waving and smiling at passerbys. As you can tell from the photo, my handsome husband LOVED it.

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It was extremely hot and humid yesterday, so we took a little water break.

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I’ve been bragging lately about how Wilmington is such a haven for movie stars and film locations. Well, while we were having a water break, y’all will never guess who we met!!

Morgan Freeman!!

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Not really. Sorry. His actual name is Thurman.  But isn’t he a dead ringer for Morgan?

This nice gentleman is another Wilmington native, like me. He owns an interesting business called “Jubilee Snooze and Cruise.” This boat is actually a floating bed and breakfast, and he will also let you book a dinner cruise.

We found him to be so charming. Look for me to be posting about a trip on his boat sometime soon!

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I hope y’all enjoyed reading about the segways as much as we enjoyed learning to ride them. If you are ever visiting Wilmington, NC this is the only way to tour the city.

And the best part of the day? The girls spent two and a half whole hours without sending or receiving a single text! Can you believe it? If that’s not an endorsement for this tour, I don’t know what is!

The Ghost Walk Was Corny, Y’all

Thanks to my friend, Jan, over at Jan’s Sushi Bar, I’ve decided to give this here posting every day thing a try, y’all.

It’s called NaBloPoMo,and I can’t believe how long it just took me to write that. Stands for “National Blog Posting Month”. You post something every day for a month.

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On Day Two of our Staycation, we took the girls to the tour at Screen Gems Studio. The girls enjoyed it, but only because it was all about One Tree Hill, of which they are both fans.

In the evening we went on the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington. It was corny and we didn’t like it. In fact, it was so corny and so awful, that we had fun just playing off of the awfulness of it all.  I think our “guide” had taken the Pub Crawl before he narrated our tour.

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My son had fun pretending to be afraid!

Shadow Shot Sunday – Oak Trees

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I started a new blog, called Wilmington Daily Photo. I post a picture daily, of my beautiful, historic, riverfront hometown of Wilmington, NC. This is to participate in The City Daily Photo, which showcases photos of cities all over the world. Nobody was doing Wilmington, and I have a TON of good photos, so I thought, “Why not?”

And I love to log onto The City Daily Photo and see my daily picture of little old Wilmington, NC, right next to the likes of Paris, France, Kuching Malaysia, or Hove, UK. Pretty cool, huh?

So now, everywhere I go, I’m on the hunt for a picture. Because having to have something to post everyday is a daunting task, y’all. In this shot, I was riding in the car, trying to get a shot of some of the old homes downtown. Wilmington has a lot of centuries old oak trees and the shadows they cast are wonderful.

shadow-shot-sunday-logo11Shadow Shot Sunday is a cool idea for a meme that has folks posting photos of shadows, and then linking back to Hey Harriet’s blog so everyone can visit each others pictures. (And leave comments -it’s the blogger’s crack.)