Carolina Shore - Ocean, Seafood, History & More!

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    Live oaks don’t grow where I live but on a trip to San Antonio in 2013 I saw a large one at the Alamo. It was large enough that it had metal poles helping to support the branches.
     
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    Yep, live oaks are common along the Virginia & Carolina Coastal areas and then further south extending across the lower Gulf Coast States into much of southern Texas, as shown in their 'range' map below (same Wiki source as quote). Interestingly, the 'species' name is after Virginia despite its much wider geographic distribution. The limbs often extend horizontally and in the older, larger trees are quite heavy necessitating vertical supports from below, as you mentioned - the curved and horizontal arcs of these huge limbs were favored by yesteryear's ship builders which required less work in forming the lower shapes of the ship - a good example is the use of 'live oak' in the construction of the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), as we've discussed before, I believe. BUT 'in person' these old live oaks w/ their Spanish moss & resurrection fern are just magnificent - I never tire of seeing these trees repeatedly. Dave :)

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    Carolina Beach, Shuckin' Shack, Carolina Beach State Park, & Cameron Art Museum

    On our second full day, we drove down to Carolina Beach for lunch at the Shuckin' Shack (ate there last year - see pg. 11, post #101 for more details) - shared a dozen oysters sourced locally from Beaufort, NC (just north of us). After lunch, we re-visited Carolina Beach State Park (see more discussion and pics on pg.3, post #25 from 3 years ago). The park has a variety of trails (see map - did trails in black rectangle) and is most famous for the 'carnivorous plants' - the most representative example is the Venus Flytrap, which is found only in this area of southeastern NC (and northeastern SC), and is endangered of becoming 'extinct' in the wild (if interested, check the link).

    We did the Flytrap Trail and saw a beautiful 'Pitcher Plant' (pic below) but NO Venus Flytraps - on weekends, there are ranger-guided tours, maybe our next visit. Then headed toward the marina on the Cape Fear River - finally, on several portions of trails back to our car - probably nearly a 3-mile hike - pics below are from various portions of these trails and several from the marina and Cape Fear River - after we drove back toward Wilmington but stopped at the Cameron Art Museum to see several new exhibits - next post. Dave :)
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    Wilmington Museums - Cameron Art Museum

    Our last activity after a visit to the Carolina Beach State Park, was a short drive back toward Wilmington to the Cameron Art Museum. Wilmington has a variety of interesting museums, most in this LIST - we've probably been to a half dozen over the years, and several on numerous times - a favorite is the Cape Fear Museum on Market Street - love the large model of an 'early' Wilmington and also the narrative and visual depiction of the Battle of Ft. Fischer - not on our list this time, but the first two pics below.

    The Cameron Art Museum attracts us when special exhibits are being held, which this time are described in several of the screen captures below: 1) State of the Art/Art of the State - NC artists were asked to bring in a single work w/i a 24 hr period - a total of 657 works were displayed w/ a wide variety of techniques; the items were arranged to virtually cover the walls w/ free standing displays also - a dazzling appearance in the exhibit hall; and 2) Created by Light - Photographs from NC Collections - over 100 photographs dating from 1887 to 2016 from eight institutions in NC - an assortment of old & modern, B&W and color, mixed media, and various techniques (the digital ink-jet prints were spectacular). Below just 4 photographs seen at the exhibit - the last by Ansel Adams has been one of my long time favorites.

    We have one more full day and plan to drive into downtown Wilmington - not sure what our activities will be, but the subject of a few upcoming posts. Dave :)
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    Well, a bonus post - the ocean is just more active today, so tried a 10 sec movie on my camera and just uploaded to YouTube - the sound of the sea is easily heard in the condo - quite soothing! Dave :)

     
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    Burgwin-Wright House & Cape Fear River Cruise - Out Last Day Activities

    In the morning, we relaxed in the condo and watched (and listened) to the ocean - then headed out for an afternoon of the two activities above. The Wilmington Historic District is large and impressive w/ many buildings included (see quote & source below for a list). Three houses that warrant a visit are the Bellamy Mansion (topic of previous posts in this thread), the Edward Latimer House, and the Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens, the latter which we visited today (may have been our first time?).

    The Burgwin-Wright House is one of only a few colonial structures remaining in Wilmington - construction begun in 1770 on the ruins of the city jail dating from 1744 - the ballast stone foundation remaining from the burnt down jail was used for the foundation. In 1937 the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in North Carolina purchased the Burgwin-Wright House for $21,000 and restoration efforts began soon after (link above) - otherwise the house was meant for demolition to be replaced by a gas station - MY GOD! If visiting this historic city district, see this house and beautiful gardens. Many pics below, mainly my own (inside images w/o flash, so not great - enlarge pics w/ writing to improve readability, some fun facts). Dave :)

    P.S. Could not upload over 20 images - last 4 in next brief post, sorry.

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    Burgwin-Wright House - last images (jail remains and gardens) - ALSO, click on the previous text images for better reading, if interested - Dave :)
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    It would have been a very shortsighted travesty if this house had been replaced by a gas station.
     
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    Hi SciFan.. - you're so right in your comment on the Burgwin-Wright House - the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America has saved and led to the restoration of many historic sites (for those interested, check the two link given). The North Carolina Branch was founded in 1894 and its state offices are above the kitchen of the B-W House, shown in my previous posts. Dave :)

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