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It’s Official

Christmas season is underway.

When I was a growing up in New Bern, city public works crews went out the day after Thanksgving to put up Christmas decorations on street light standards. That’s the way it was for many years or so it seemed. Now it seems that Christmas ads pick up where Back-To-School sales leave off, co-ordinate with Halloween and overlay Thanksgiving only to peak with all this Black Friday nonsense. It is quite pleasing to be treated to a real post-Thanksgiving season opener.

Thanks goes to the City of Jacksonville for its annual boat Parade of Lights and fireworks. More thanks goes to boating friends who invited us to join them for the evening and for treating us to a front row seat anchored just off the parade route.

So, now that it’s officially Christmas season – eat, drink and be merry.

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Cumberland Island Dunes

“Which way home?” said one little critter to another. “That’s easy just follow the vine line.” Indeed tracks on the dunes seem to run along driftwood and along vines in the sand. It’s fun to go out on successive days to find yesterday’s tracks blown away only to be replaced with new ones nearby.

Tomorrow the vine line to our home port of record will be easy to follow. The vines on the right all have red leaves. The vines on the left all have green leaves. And then we will be there and can settle down and go to work.

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Island Paradise

  At least for would be photographers, Cumberland Island National Seashore is almost heaven. It has live oaks with Spanish Moss and palmetto (can we say?) forests – ruins and shaded walks – beaches and marshes – not so wild horses, wild turkeys and that little armor plated rat, the armadillo. One can play abstract games with palmetto fans in the morning and capture the shadows cast by bird tracks on dunes in the evening. We will be on the dunes and in the marshes this evening.

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Before It’s Over

I will nail a great image of a Bald Eagle. We see them often. Even saw a pair together on a limb as we were passing through the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal last month. I just haven’t been able to get them within range. Yesterday, an eagle seemed to want to do its best imitation of an osprey by not being concerned about passing boats

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South Carolina Sunset

When a boater gets south of Georgetown, SC the landscape opens up – shallow canals and creeks bordered by extensive stretches of marsh grass. Nothing could be a more spectacular welcome to this territory than an intense sunset just before anchoring. We had come in from a nice off shore run down from North Carolina’s Cape Fear River, cut through a pine lined canal and at its end was the marsh grass and sunset.

Just because nothing is ever perfect, we had change clothes in order to attempt to survive mosquitoes for the brief time required to get an anchor down. And the smell of Georgetown’s paper mill reminded us of what keeps the economy going around here.

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