It seems since my childhood that I have spent much of my life searching for a backyard. I have had hayfields and marshes as backyard but until this last move none were close to the one where I played ball with friends when I was in elementary school. I could plow up part of it for a huge garden but I have been there and enjoyed that when I was a lot younger. Read more.
Our journey to a home by the water involved a lot of learning and more than a few surprises
Finding your spot on the water is not as simple as it might first appear but it is not really difficult. You just need to understand that are a lot of different kinds of water. Read more about where and how we found our piece of waterfront paradise.
On September 11, 2018, we heeded the county’s mandatory evacuation orders and headed west from our home along Raymond’s Gut which flows into the White Oak River just three miles upriver from Swansboro, North Carolina. The garage of our house is just twenty-five feet from the water but we have never suffered water damage from a storm, even Category 3 Hurricane Irene. Florence looked like it was going to be very different. Read more.
While there is cold weather finally in the forecast, we know from experience this is not the last nice day here on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Read more….
With the change in the seasons, come change in the light that we photographers enjoy. Read more…
The marshes along Raymond’s Gut are filled with life and it is easiest to understand the diversity of life we see here by thinking of the gut as a watery game trail leading to the White Oak River. Read more
The Inlet is a good place to hide from winter or storm, but trying to hide mismanagement of our HOA will likely be unsuccessful.
Eventually the wind will quiet down and the clouds will part and I will have my perfect time on the river.
Just a few things define spring on the Crystal Coast, one of them is low water. Read more here.
Winter is usually pretty nice to us but we do have to work our way through a month or so of it. Of course a winter day to us is one when the temperature does not get above 50F. Read more here.