Sunday, December 31, 2017

Winter on the Coast

After my duties for Christmas Mass, we loaded up Hope (our Jeep Wrangler) and headed toward Emerald Isle, NC to visit with relatives who have a tradition of renting a beach house for the holidays.  We had a wonderful time and had great food.  The house had a heated pool but only Joanie was brave enough to venture to and from the pool.

The beach faces the Atlantic southward so during the winter you have both sunrises and sunsets over water.




 







 




 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Autumn on the NC Coast...

Autumn arrives almost imperceptibly on the North Carolina coast. Winters are mild so the change from summer to fall is really lazy.  They don't talk about "peak color" here because the fall and winter color is still green with all the live oaks, cedars, magnolias and pine trees.  Slowly, very slowly nature tells you that it is tired from the long growing season and you can still see autumn all around you.





 




 




 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Visitors...

Joanie and I have been suffering of late from late spring germs - Joanie got the flu and I got a monstrous upper respiratory infection.  But God said, "Hey, I have sent you some neat stuff if you will just get up and look." After an awful night of next to no sleep, I forced myself to get dressed and  take the dogs out and just as I was about to open the door, I discovered this through the window.



This young buck (two points?) was following the doe across the road. 


Boom!  Thank you, God.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Other recent fauna ...

This fella was spotted in our front yard a couple of evenings ago almost at dusk. He enjoys dining on salad greens we are growing.

 

 I believe we have had this eastern box turtle trudge through our yard last year.
 



Monday, May 8, 2017

The Fox Family ...

The night had been unusually cool, down right chilly, but the morning sun rose to warm the beginning of the  clear, dry day.  I happen to glance out the window into our back yard and spotted a red fox mom (vixen) and her three pups enjoying a beautiful day, warming themselves in the sun.

We have dense thickets behind Camp Alexander, a natural drainage creek that produces a small swamp before the runoff reaches the Neuse River.  Behind the creek is woods. 

Considering how many people let their dogs run loose in our area, we are surprised that a family of foxes would be so close to us.  We hope they stay around.  They are great mousers!  And they are fun to watch.