Describing Wilmington, North Carolina

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 RememberBlue VelvetTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesEmpire RecordsCape FearBlack Knight28 DaysThe Crow (death place of Brandon Lee), Nights in Rodanthe and the controversial  film Hounddog were produced here, in addition to television shows such as MatlockSurface,  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.

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You Capture Halloween

I’ve been trying to participate 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 a two-fer. “Halloween” was the first one.

We went to visit my middle son and his family on our last seven-day break. To my delight, my grand-daughter, Freya, already had her Halloween costume. So even though it was a week early, we got to see her dressed up in her finery.

Doesn’t she make an adorable “Pumpkin Fairy” ? What’s even cuter is, when she first got the costume on, she ran to a full length mirror that they have hanging on a door to check herself out. And she said, “Oooo, Pretty!”

Her parents were going to a Misfits concert that night. They decided to get dressed up for the occasion. So I was able to get an interesting  family portrait for Halloween!

Back home, my little grandson, Kole, was playing the part of a dragon for his first Halloween, y’all.

His parents took him to the mall, to mingle with lots of other dressed up kids. I love this shot of him and my oldest son.

He reminds me of Nim, the sea creature in the TV show “Surface.” (Which was filmed here in Wilmington, by the way.)

Kole’s parents got into the Halloween spirit, too. They dressed up as a couple of sorcerers for a party that they attended. In case y’all can’t tell, these two are a great couple.

(Excuse me while I take a moment of silence to be thankful for my two gorgeous grandchildren and their wonderful parents, who take such good care of both of them and shower them both with so much love.)

Speaking of silence, the second You Capture theme this week is “Silence.”

Is there anything more quiet than a leaf covered street on a Tuesday afternoon?

Head on over to Beth’s to see more Autumn photos, or to participate with some of your own. Next week’s challenge is Serene. Now that should be challenging .