Plenty of Socks at Lo Tide

We have arrived at the time of year when festival and events permeate my life. Last week Jenn announced that we have no free Saturdays until October.  Part of me is excited to be back to the grind and part of me is already longing for a Saturday free from work!

Yesterday we attended, as vendors, the Lo Tide Run in Carolina Beach.  This was the 8th annual Lo Tide Run whose goal is to raise money to assist local cancer victims in financial need in memory of Steve Haydu of Carolina Beach who died from cancer at a young age. This year there were 1950 runners pre-registered for the race and undoubtly over 2000 who ran (some registered the day of the race).

I had to up and at ‘em early – if you know me you probably know that is NOT my style. A 0530 wake-up call doesn’t make me a happy camper. However once we were set up and ready to go, I had an opportunity to wander to the beach and enjoy the sunrise.

The Solitude of Sunrise

The Birds enjoying the Beach with me

The Birds enjoying the Beach with me

Unfortunately on my journey to find a little early morning solitude, I discovered something that makes me very angry! Litter on the beach! I have little or no patience for litter anywhere, but to spoil such beauty is unconscionable!


In January I shared a post about attending the Step Up for Soldiers BBQ Cook-Off. In that post I showed 32 photos of feet and footwear. Yesterday as I returned to our booth from watching the sunrise, Jenn said ‘I think today you need to move up the leg a bit and take photos of socks’, a quick glance at the volume and uniqueness of socks told me she was right!


I spent my day asking if I could photograph socks. I did have my first inquiry asking if I had a foot fetish…I don’t. We had a fun, yet long, day at the Lo Tide Run. I hope they raised lots of money.

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An Unexpected Treasure

Yesterday I attended the District meeting of UDC. The meeting was hosted by the Cape Fear Chapter and held at the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in Wilmington, NC. After our meeting we were treated to a tour of the Church.

It was an amazing treat. I had almost left my camera at home and I am glad I popped it into my bag at the last minute.

The Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church has a history dating back to 1847. With this rich record it is surprising to find they are second oldest Methodist Church in Wilmington. There were so many interesting aspects of this unassuming exterior, including a connection to China’s Soong dynasty

Uon entering the sanctuary I was amazed to find a beautiful pipe organ. The organ is ‘original’ to the church. The original was a manual organ, which also featured wooden pipes and leather clappers which still adorn the wall behind the choir loft, although the organ is now electric. I did not get to hear the instrument being played, much to my chagrin, but don’t be surprised to find another adventure in my future just for that purpose.

According to the information I can find ‘B.D. Price of Philadelphia was the architect of the current sanctuary, built in 1889-90 and dedicated on September 26, 1890, in the Neo-Gothic style using the Akron Plan, which was common for Methodist Churches at the turn of the century. The builders were Porter and Godwin of Goldsboro, NC. Special features of the Akron Plan are its Cross shape (the sanctuary runs lengthwise with educational rooms on the side with roll-up doors), the semi-circular seating, and more educational rooms in the back’ (more about that later). Unfortunately my photos of neither the amazing heart of pine ceiling nor the original chandelier (which was originally gas but has been converted to electric) came out. It is worth the effort to see it in person, if you get a chance.


Collage of the 5th Avenue Methodist Church Stain Glass Windows

The second thing I noticed about the sanctuary was the beautiful stain glass windows! Yesterday was cloudy and rainy and the light streaming through was amazing. On a bright sunny day they must be breathtaking. The stain glass windows were ‘designed by a local craftsman, Mr. E.V. Richards. Made in Germany, they are both mystical and practical. Mystical in that they reflect the Jewish heritage of Christianity—you will notice the Star of David in the portals and the stair-step design that is symbolic of Jacob’s ladder. They are practical in that the hot reds and yellows are placed so that they warm the light as it enters the sanctuary in the winter, and the cool blues and purples catch the summer rays and cool them as they come in. Each window also has prisms to reflect more light and to serve as joists to hold the window together.’

Original Piano

I did have the opportunity to hear Mrs. Sue Sellers Hammons play the 1876 Knabe concert grand piano.  It is made of walnut and was once at Hemingway Hall. It was purchased by Mr. Harry Gardner, who donated it to the church. It was restored in 1991-92, and dedicated on May 1, 1992 to the memory of James Z. Godwin, whose family sponsored the restoration. The sound was amazing even though as Mrs. Hammons was quick to point out, she is not a pianist.

The back of the church features the original pews which will reverse to face the other direction if necessary and the original lectern and piano. 

This was a fabulous and amazing unexpected adventure which are often the best kind!

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Up Close and Personal with History

On Saturday February 25, 2012 we went to Cameron Art Museum for an event they call Civil War Living History.

As a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, I have been taught that the correct term is not ‘Civil War’ but the ‘War Between the States’. The distinction being that The Confederate States of America had seceded before the war began. Thus the war was between two Independent countries. Like many Southerners, I oft refer to it as the “War of Northern Aggression’.

No matter what you choose to call it, it was a troubled and defining time in our country. One that continues to fascinate and intrigue many people (including me); for that reason I attend many battle sites and events around this topic.

This was my first time attending the reenactment of the Battle of Forks Road; although this was the seventh annual celebration and reenactment. The history is always the best part; unfortunately it was difficult to hear much of the explanations. What we did learn is that the US Colored Troops were a part of the original battle. Here’s my video of them firing their cannon (I love the cannons):

As a long standing rebel it was painful to have the best view of the Yankees, but as in all of life, you take what you get! I did take some video of the Confederates. You can see it here. Now you know what I mean when I say the best view was of the yanks!

There is an exhibit of 127 drawings from the Becker Collection which are original first hand drawings from the war. We were fortunate enough to arrive inside the museum in time to take a tour of the drawings  with the museum director, Anne Brennan. The collection is amazing and the information from the tour was beyond my hope.

I snapped a couple of photos before I learned photography was not allowed. I hope you’ll enjoy my ignorance. However, I really recommend going to see these in person! The exhibit continues through May 6, 2012.








The Becker Archive contains approximately 650 hitherto unexhibited and undocumented drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues, nineteenth-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly observing.  A visit to the Becker Collection’s Website allows a searchable index of the drawings. A person can search by state, date, battle, or Military Officer.  Quite naturally I searched for the Battle of Fort Fisher. If you love history this is a must see. If you like history, this is a must see. If you hate history, what’s wrong with you?

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Stumbled Upon (Thoughts and Photos)

If you happen to be a regular reader of my blog, you probably have encountered my Quest for Average. As with most things in life this quest has become intertwined with many facets of my life. My photography hobby is the latest to succumb. For today’s walk I persuaded Jenn to go with me to Downtown Wilmington and amble with my camera. I am sad to report that I forgot to set my phone to record my distance. However, we did circle a 4 block radius.

The one on the left is green, I always wish it were blue

As we exited the parking deck onto Front Street I was struck by the coloring of these buildings. I notice them often, I think because of the white one in the middle. As we proceeded to walk along Princess Street, I noticed this closed for renovations sign. I am attempting to show the clock in the reflection, I almost missed it.

Notice Jenn patiently waiting 🙂

The inside of the column

A closeup of the left side of the column

Next I encountered a column that was crumbling from the inside out. Someone had attempted to create an impression of soundness, by giving it a rock façade; unfortunately time has stripped away the illusion. I truly was / am fascinated by this column and am sure there is a inspirational post rattling around in my brain for this column. For now, I hope you can see the beauty.


Spring is popping up everywhere in February

There are always surprises in life and in afternoon strolls around town, even a place where you have strolled hundreds of times over the years. Today we encountered two such bolts from the blue. The above photo is of a lovely encounter with yellow flowers blooming. It was such a delightful beckon to spring, I had to stop and not smell but photograph. Our second encounter was with a former colleague of Jenn’s who we bumped into on the street. We had a great time talking with Kevin and Carol and when I said I was strolling with my camera, she struck a pose…how can you resist that?

Carol and Kevin

Lastly, I invite you to join me on a scavenger hunt. I saw on a friends blog that she was participating and it looked fun. The hunt has 100 items you find, photograph and share. Today, I added my first photo in the hunt…number 72 on the list, I was to photograph a fire engine. My interpretation led me to the fire hoses. If you decide to hunt with me, let me know your flicker screen name!






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32 feet in a beautiful day

Yesterday, I attended the Step Up for Soldiers Barbeque Cook-Off in Carolina Beach. It was an amazingly beautiful January day (the high temperatures were in the mid 60’s and the sky was a beautiful Carolina Blue – and if you know me you know that’s not a reference to any tar on heels).

It was a great day of tasting wonderful BBQ, peddlin a little soap (and other Glynne’s Soaps goods) and listening to live music all day. Not long after our arrival, I noticed the wide variety of footwear. There was everything from bare feet to very furry winter boots. Naturally, I was toten’ a camera and thus began my journey to document the footwear. 32 feet, or photos, that’s where I ended. Some are solo, other pairs or trios. Some are big, some are small, some look comfy, some…..well you decide:

The best part of my little project was the reaction of those I asked to photograph their feet (and yes, NO ONE turned me down). As I am sure you can tell from the photos, some people posed their feet for me. Others just stood still for the picture. Some acted as though I had lost my mind, and still others got in on the fun and pointed out footwear I just ‘had to include’; and still others have no idea their feet or footwear (or lack thereof) were ever photographed.

Love the motion of the hula hoop and hoop dance

When I asked  Miss Coastal Carolina to allow me to photograph her feet, she seems a little taken-a-back but quickly recovered. She was a great sport; I am not sure I would have been in her shoes (the heel was ridiculously high and she had been walking around in soft soil for hours). I am sad we didn’t get to hear her sing due to feed back issues with the sound equipment. I wish Miss Mary Catherine Tucker, well in her endeavors!

For those who may be wondering, I do not have a foot fetish. I don’t wear great shoes (although I do LOVE my Sanuks) nor do I notice the footwear of others. This was not me getting touch with my inner fashionista. For me this little project was about the different ways we embrace the gift of a warm day in January. I’ll leave you with a quote from Oprah Winfrey ‘I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.’

Embrace all your wonderful days, ya’ll 🙂

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Step Back into History

There are very few years when I miss going to the annual remembrance of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the largest land-sea battle of the War Between the States. I absolutely LOVE to watch and hear the big cannons boom!

The Battery

As stated, I love the cannons and in years past my camera has found nothing else at this event. This year, I took the time to notice the setting for the event. I hope you enjoy this setting as much as I did yesterday.

The Scene

Although I walked all over the grounds yesterday (a feat I paid for last night and today – it seems walking on uneven ground requires abdominal / core muscles. and even though I think I am healed from surgery my muscles aren’t so sure) It seems that the fence made it’s way into most, if not all of my shots.

The Fence

I took several videos of a nice display of replica steam engines.  Each replica was built entirely by the man who was demonstrating them (sadly, I failed to get his name).  However, you can see the video I on my youtube channel by clicking here.

Lastly, I encountered a group of small boys. They were all dressed in either Blue or Gray and carrying their muskets. They played together without regard for their uniform color.  I thought they were a lesson in having us all get along ( and they were daggone cute!)

Why Can't We ALL Just Get Along

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