Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Scenery

I do love my holidays and weekends.  My parents live about an hour and a half away from us.  But we like to go there whenever it is convienent.  Our place is fairly country.  There is a field behind our house and plenty of wild life.  But my folks truly live in the country.  They live down a long dirt road with only family living down there, as well.  Their land is surrounded by water on all three sides.  Occasionally there are deer around, and once in a great while a black bear splashes out of the water.  The fishing there is just great!  We catch tons of Speckled Trout, Puppy Drum, Sting Rays, and Black Drum.  Sometimes we catch Blue Fish and Flounder.  The creek surrounding the house is Wrights Creek and is a big estuary.  Sea Hawks build nests around to raise young, and in the summer the dolphins swim up in the creek chasing bait fish.  We even catch large shrimp in the cast nets and Blue Crabs in crab pots during the summer.  Seafood is a staple for us.  This is the wonderful place that I have always spent my holidays.  And it is where we will be spending our Christmas, as well.  I thought I'd share some pics I took out there this past weekend.

From the creek, looking out into the Pamlico River.  That bouy marker is often topped with an Osprey nest in the summer and filled with a chick or two.

From the front yard, looking out across the creek.  There's marsh land in the little cove, home to all sorts of wild life.

Several wild Mallard ducks skid across the creek in back of the house.

From the pier, looking out across the creek at the tall pines and marshland.

In the back yard, the sun was shining through the tall pines.  It looked so cool on the camera screen, I just had to snap a pic.  I forgot who recently posted a snippet of Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken, but this reminded me of all-time favorite poem.

A marsh snail climbing a branch of a Waxed Myrtle.  When I was a kid I kept an aquarium with these in it.

A crab boat cruising into the creek.

I thought it was a Sea Hawk, but it turned out to just be a Buzzard.  It looked cool soaring in the cloudless, blue sky.

Another Mallard (f) smimming behind the marsh grass.

A final shot of those beautiful wild Mallards.  I love it here.  It's so peaceful.  It's so....HOME!!


♥ Amy ♥ said...

looks lovely! gorgeous pics! xxx

John Gray said...

looks like the backdrop for forest gump!! great pics

jojo said...

looks like a beautiful place to spend some quiet time...

Tracey said...

Amazing place, The sort of place I'd never want to leave... xxx

Odette said...

not only is the panorama serene, but i think the sound around you could lull you to serenity. i also grew up in the countryside. i have fond childhood memories of our place because of so many wild places to explore, many fish and crab to catch, many trees to climb, many fruits to pick and eat, and a big river with clear water to swim in. i could play outside because even when the sun is at its hottest, i couldn't feel it.
thanks for bringing back those memories...

Tracey said...

Thanks for the advice, I had to google it to see what it was! I have been offered sleeping pills before, but as I see it, Paul & Amy do enough pill popping so someone has to be alert!!! LOL