old burying ground, beaufort, nc

old burying ground, beaufort, nc

old burying ground, beaufort, nc

old burying ground, beaufort, nc

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old burying ground, beaufort, nc

old burying ground, beaufort, nc

Part of the trip to Beaufort two weekends ago was to visit the Old Burying Ground, one of the oldest cemeteries in North Carolina. It was unbelievably lovely and fascinating. Full set here.

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making my own fun: crystal coast holiday flotilla

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shep. and I are into holiday lights, so we drove to Beaufort to look at boats with lights on. The boats with lights on were excellent, would look again. Full set here.

the king of windmills & whirl-i-gigs

windmills & whirl-i-gigs

Over the weekend, North Carolina artist Vollis Simpson passed away at the age of 94. Mr. Simpson created some amazing found materials whirl-i-gigs, which he installed in sort of a farm near his home close to Wilson, NC. A few years ago, shep. and I took a spur-of-the-moment Sunday drive down there, and Mr. Simpson was kind enough to show us his workshop and let us photograph his creations. You can read more about Vollis Simpson here, and some of my photos are below. His work was truly amazing.

windmills & whirl-i-gigs

windmills & whirl-i-gigs

windmills & whirl-i-gigs

windmills & whirl-i-gigs

cameron, nc: painted barns

cameron, nc painted barns

On a tiny roadtrip with the Maternal Unit, we stopped in Cameron, NC (a small town between Sanford and Southern Pines) to check out the crazy painted barns in the area; they were originally commissioned by David Ellis, a Cameron native and artist who brought street artists from New York and Japan to his hometown to paint old barns as the Barnstormers 2002.

(A note for people arriving here via search: if you visit Cameron, several of the antique stores in the center of town have maps of the barn locations. Not all barns from the original project remain, but quite a few do, and the drive is a nice little loop.)

Full set from the trip is here.

cameron, nc painted barns

cameron, nc painted barns

cameron, nc painted barns

cameron, nc painted barns