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Summer Vacation: Part 1 - Ramblings and Photos

July 14, 2010
Summer Vacation: Part 1
Warning…there might be a lot of pictures in this post (and I’m not even sharing all of them – just a few favorites). We arrived at our beach house late Saturday night…we didn’t sleep well at all, but Sunday morning still came and the kids were ready to hit the beach. For those of you that don’t know me well, these are not my kids…but our niece (6 years old) and nephew (15 months old). 

Alyssa loves to collect seashells.
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She also loves to sit at the edge of the ocean and let the waves crash at her feet.
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I’ll be sure to share a funny shot of her later where the waves got the best of her. In this shot, I think she’s still in charge.
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Meanwhile, Carter absolutely LOVES the ocean. Here, his mother is trying to hold him back…otherwise, he would have been knee deep in it.
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Here, Paw Paw is holding onto him. What I’m not showing is him actually in the waves…and then later in the sand. He was covered!
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I stood at the edge of the ocean with my camera – I thought the water on top of the sand looked a little like plastic.
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Monday night, my husband and I went out to eat…followed by a little ice cream. While we were at Pop’s, we spotted this bull on a surf board. He looks a little beat up.
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Yesterday, my husband and I went into Wilmington’s Front Street. Obviously, I brought my camera…but I felt a little awkward taking pictures of people’s homes. I snuck in a few shots.
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I was really hoping to get a great shot of a “knob” for this week’s scavenger hunt. The thing is that rarely do you find any really cool knobs. I was pretty disappointed although I think I found one that I’ll share with you later, assuming I don’t find another one. I did find this neat gate.
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And then of course the house behind the gate. The homes on Front Street are incredible…largely because Wilmington was once the capital of the confederate. Click the quote below for more history.

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After walking up and down Front Street, we headed over to the Riverfront. It was HOT and as you can tell, kinda empty. I’m amazed that I was able to get some completely clean shots.
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I’ve also become much more aware of the number of cameras that are floating around. The judgmental side of my brain often wonders if all these “photographers” know what they’re doing. Then I spot someone walking out of an alley with a big camera around their neck and a couple of other people that look like models, and I get a little jealous.
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We finished off by passing the Henrietta III before walking over to the Cotton Mill for a little shopping…I mean browsing. Once we got back to the house, I took a much needed nap. Who says that naps are for kids!
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Today should be another day at the beach. I’ll definitely have my camera with me…so stay tuned for more photos. In the meantime, check out more Black and White Wednesday entries at:
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    lovely shots!
    Hope you had a great time with your niece and nephew… I’d like to go on vacation with my 2 nieces too…

    Love the photos…. I like the street view and the Henerietta…. and your feet in the water! :)

    Glad you are having such a great time!


    GORGEOUS!! I don’t normally like to travel, but your shots make me wish I was there!

    I always feel a little awkward shooting peoples houses as well. And, I’m one of those people you wonder about. I walk around with my camera thinking – I sure hope no one knows I have no clue what I’m doing!!

    Looks like you all are having a good time. I think it’s cool that you are vacationing with family. I love the Riverfront photos.

    LOVE Wilmington! Hope to get back there soon. Looks like you’re having a great time! Enjoy!

    How have I lived in NC my whole life and didn’t know that Wilmington was the Confederate capital?

    Beautiful photos! Especially love the feet and the b&w gate.

    Oooh, lovely vacation pictures! Looks like you’re having a wonderful, relaxing time. Not so relaxing in my little corner of the world. As you’re enjoying the beach, you can imagine me tied and duct taped to a chair by my kids – ugh – one of those days! :-0

    Your pictures are beautiful, such variety; I love it. The gate picture, the beautiful scenery; all wonderful and enjoyable to look at!

    I love LOTS OF PHOTOS! Thank you for sharing, they are all beautiful!

    Great shots! Your niece and nephew are too cute!

    Looks like you’re having a great time.
    It kinda does look like plastic over your feet, I like it.
    Can’t wait to see more.

    it does look like plastic! weird.. but all your pictures are great! i’m jealous, i would LOVE to go to NC someday!

    What a wonderful vacation you must be having. Your pictures are great. Love the b&w’s… the fence is gorgeous!

    Looks like you are having a great time.
    Great photos.

    My favorite is the metal gate. Love the lines on it! :O)


    What amazing shots.. Well done. I think you do not give yourself enough credit! You are a PHOTOGRAPHER!!!!!!!! I wanna go to your beach house!

    beautiful shots.Really love your toes!!

    newburgh beacon bridge is the one on my blog..thanks for asking…

    LOL – I’m laughing at your comment! It’s funny, the 2nd week I hosted touch-up Tuesday, I swear I started hyperventilating and I was like, oh no, how am I going to do this every week, oh great, what did I get myself into?? AHHHH!

    Have a great rest of your vacation! :-) Can’t wait to see more pics!

    Your really a talented photographer! Love all the pictures and the cow ice truck is a neat one! =)

    Looks gorgeous there. i like your processing, w/ the pink tones on the b/w. I am with you in that I always notice cameras. There was this teen at the airport the other day. He had his laptop open and sitting next to him was a Nikon + a manrotto tripod. I kept scooching closer to him trying to be discrete (which wasn’t easy, as I was traveling w/ two kids, one which was asking me for a treat and one who was screaming, lol). Anyway, I finally got a look at his camera and lens, then he looked me in the eyes and I felt like some pervy lady checking out a teen. He had a D90 and a wide angle. Not sure which one, but I take it he was serious. Oh and it was set to manual. LOL. I am such a creepster!!

    Anyway, long story short, your pics are beautiful. Have a fun vacation!

    it looks like your having a wonderful vacation, your series are gorgeous as always but the gate and the Henrietta III are sure winners.

    great shots… makes me miss Wilmington even more!

    Looks like a great time so far. I love NC, although I’ve never been to Wilmington. It looks beautiful though. I know what you mean about being more “aware” of other cameras these days. I’m always checking out what model it is, what lens they’re using and whether it looks like they’re shooting in auto or manual. I don’t know why I care, but my curiosity (and sometimes envy) gets the best of me.

    Can’t wait to see more vaca pics!

    The shots of the beach gave me chills! I grew up in Long Island and was always at the beach. And like you, I take photos of anything that catches me.