Here is our lovely group of friends (minus one; hi Mailyn!) on the screened in porch at Kim Beller's house in Wilmington, North Carolina.
I have a serious case of love for North Carolina and for my precious hostess, Kim. The people are really special; really outgoing and friendly. You notice it right away. Such open, welcoming faces. And the country is really, really beautiful. There aren't enough superlatives.
This was my first trip to the south so forgive me for a little bit of gush. My adoration inclues the porches, the rocking chairs, the hush-puppies, the people and the beaches. Also the balmy sunshine and the beach full of exotic shells.
I'll try not to talk too much. Just look at the pictures and know how joyful my heart feels right this minute.
Warm. Gentle. Enfolding.
Then there is the natural wonders of marshes, sea birds and fish.
Pelicans, ibis, heron, sandpipers, so many kinds of wildlife to admire.
The mermaid comes home.
And connects with her sister mermaids, collecting shells and sea fever.
We worked in our journals.
ha ha. Guess who.
Arrived home last night. Shot photos this morning. Where's Waldo?
Pepper: Jimmy Nardello?
Onions drying on the rabbit fence.
Fairy roses still in bloom.
Cantaloupe from the garden.
Naked lady crocuses.
Nicotiana. So very fragrant on a warm evening.
Northern Spy apples.
Petite French Plums.
Cold Wax; 24x30". It's the railroad cut where we used to pick blackberries. Buzzing with insects, sweet berries and summer sun. It may or may not be finished.
How can it keep getting better, this life? Deeper and deeper into the mystery. Let's all hold hands for company and discover things together.