Sunday, May 26, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Twenty-One

I can’t believe my vacation is almost over! I’m sitting at my dad’s house composing this post, knowing that tomorrow we head back to Ohio & our regular lives. Which I do enjoy, usually, but compared to vacation time it will seem a little lackluster at first. And I’ll be spending the first week getting caught up on blogs – I’m pretty sure that I didn’t read a single post by a single person all week!

Dr. M did a great job of documenting each day, so I’m just going to share a select few (ha!) pictures & then let you head over to his blog to check out the others. You’ll especially want to see his bird & lighthouse pictures I’m sure. (I’m linking to individual posts below, but it might be easier just to start here & then go forward).

Saturday, May 18th    
Travel day. I was hopped up on Benedryl so Dr. M drove the 660 miles by himself. I kept offering to help - & then I’d wake up an hour later. Good thing he didn’t take me up on my offer! This is the view from our hotel room in Kill Devil Hills – bliss!


Sunday, May 19th    
Today we just stayed around our hotel so Dr. M could recuperate. He took about a gazillion pictures of pelicans & other birds, which you can see here and here.

Morning beach…


Lifeguard boot camp – now THAT was entertaining to watch all week!


The moon!


Monday, May 20th
Today we drove down to Cape Hatteras, passing Bodie lighthouse on the way. We took Carolina Cow along for the journey :) To see more lighthouse pictures & pictures from our stop at Pea Island Nature Preserve (including a battle between a goose & an egret – ha!), go to Dr. M’s post here.




This is why I didn’t climb any of the lighthouses. Doesn’t sound like much fun does it?


Tuesday, May 21st           
On this day we drove over to Roanoke Island to check out the park there dedicated to the Lost Colony. We were a week too early to see the outdoor drama that they have (although we could hear the choir rehearsing while we were there). Dr. M has a post here and here about the trip, but here are a couple of pictures. I had to laugh at the description of persimmons.



We also visited the Elizabethan Gardens. It was pouring rain for part of our visit, but still quite lovely.


Sunset over the Wright Brothers National Monument.


Wednesday, May 22nd   
Sunrise – glorious! (Um, yeah, Dr. M took these – I didn’t get up early enough).



We visited the Wright monument today. Dr. M did a great post about it – you can find it here. This is my determined face before climbing up.


Partway to the top.


I made it! The State of the Bug – astounded!


The monument.


I’m so glad Dr. M suggested that I change out of my cute sandals – these babies were much more appropriate for that hike.


Dr. M doing what he does :)


The moon!


Thursday, May 23rd     
We drove west today, to spend some time with our folks before heading back home. Once again Dr. M drove the whole way himself (400 miles this time). I had to laugh when I noticed how old our NC map is – ha! And we didn’t even move to Ohio until 1997, so this was out of date even by then. Sheesh.


On our way we stopped at Edenton (go here to see what Dr. M has to say about that).


Friday, May 24th  
We spent today just hanging out at my dad’s house. I took a bunch of pictures of the yard.






The moon!


Saturday, May 25th    
Today we spent some time with Dr. M’s dad. I found a mulberry tree in the back yard.


Dr. M’s great grandmother brought this rose bush to Lincoln County when they moved there in the 19th century. Who knows how old it was when she moved it. Quite a family heirloom!


Dr. M’s dad told us stories of working for the mill owners when he was a small boy – doing small tasks around their house so he could avoid the “real” work his grandmothers would have had him do.


On our way back to my dad’s house we saw these lovely wildflowers.


Whew! OK, so I still have a lot of pictures on here – ha!

Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!


Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Twenty


With a couple of exceptions, this week is basically “As seen in the Bug’s back yard.” Nice quiet week around here – full of laundry & mowing & waiting impatiently for our vacation. Even so there are a gazillion pictures. I’m just getting you ready for next week because that will be out of control. Or maybe I’ll split the pictures up into different days. We’ll see. Oh, and as if these aren’t enough pictures, if you haven’t already, please check out Dr. M’s post. There are some pictures I put into a collage here that he shows individually, so you might like to see those.

I’m posting this tonight because we’re leaving early tomorrow & I don’t think I want to mess with posting pictures once we get there. Ha!

Sunday, May 12th – Mother’s Day
My Facebook status for the day: Happy Mother's Day to all you mothering type people! You know, back when my grief was fresh I resented the hell out of Mother's Day. "Where is Motherless Day?" I wanted to know! But now, 8 motherless Mother's Days later, I am back to being amazed by mothers. What a job! (And, just because I'm the person I am, I have to point out that when you say the word "mother" too many times in a row it starts to sound hilarious. Ha!)

The doggie next door. He is always so curious about what we’re up to.


Mr. Ken’s irises.


Downy woodpecker – I love the one where he is giving the house sparrow that look – “what are YOU doing here?”


Clouds



Monday, May 13th
I can never resist robins in the bath.


I took this day off to do some things to get ready for our trip. We decided to take a little mini road trip. Yep.


I love these exploding tulips!


Papa cardinal.


This looked pretty scary from Dr. M’s perspective – although I’m sure they were further apart than they look.




My latest project.


The moon! Whew – did you think this day would never end?


Tuesday, May 14th           
Red-bellied woodpecker.


Squirrel on a wire.


Crow!


I pass these flowers on my way home – lovely…


Wednesday, May 15th   
Goldfinch!


The man behind the camera…


Thursday, May 16th    
Honeysuckle on the back fence.


Our hanging basket is looking gorgeous.


Grackle – love the fanned tail.


The moon!


Friday, May 17th  
The State of the Bug – I woke up with a cold. Yes, the day before vacation. I ran out of Kleenex at work & resorted to some paper towels that were in my car. They were still softer than the facial tissue our office has.


Ahhh Choo!


Our neighbor is going to babysit the hanging basket while we’re gone.


Aren’t his poppies lovely?



Saturday, May 18th    
We’re headed to NC’s Outer Banks today. See you later!

Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!

Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask!