Georgetown, SC

Georgetown, SC was where we spent our first night out on our vacation (late February). Yeah, I know, I am way behind with adding vacation photos to the site. It will be time for our next vacation by the time I get them all up.

Historic Georgetown is the third oldest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina and the county seat of Georgetown County, in the Lowcountry. (source)  It is a beautiful little city that you can get to by car or boat. The first time that I saw Georgetown was when we stopped with our boat on the way from Florida on the ICW. There’s an Harborwalk on Front ST along the water. There’s shops, museums, and restaurants and of course, there are photo ops galore. Check out the Georgetown, SC Visitor Guide website for more info.

Shrimp Dock

Shrimp Dock

Harborwalk

Harborwalk

Rice Museum

Rice Museum

On The Hook

On The Hook

Pretty Paintings

Downtown

It is a great place to visit. We had planned on spending a couple of nights but it was raining and the weather was turning colder. Ice and or snow was predicted so we stayed for only one night and moved on. Georgetown is close enough to home that I think we need to take a trip down for three or four days and do some more exploring. Have you been to Georgetown?

One more thing. As we drove into Georgetown on RT 17, we passes this ramshackle old motel. I could NOT head out without a photo of it so we backtracked five or six miles to get some photos before heading toward Georgia. Gotta love these old buildings. I will be back soon with more vacation photos or some other interesting thing that I find to take a photo of. See you then.

Old Motel

Abandoned Motel

Duck tangled in monofilament fishing line…

I photographed this tangled duck (Greater Scaup, I think) last week at the New Bern, NC waterfront. He was trashing around not very far from shore and I thought he was taking a ducky bath. I snapped a couple of photos expecting him to fly away quickly but it kept thrashing as I approached. He finally flew but not very far away. At the time, I didn’t think much of it but this evening as I was processing the photos, I discovered that he was thrashing for a reason. He was tangled in monofilament fishing line that wasn’t apparent that morning. In the past few months, this is the second bird that I have seen tangled in fishing line. In December, I observed a loon trying to get free from a large gob of  line in Beaufort.

Ducks are not the only species that get tangled in the monofilament line. Porpoises and sea turtles are among the species that fall victim. When they become entangled or snagged by hooks, they often die. Land birds often will try to use the monofilament fishing line to build their nests which doesn’t fare well for the babies in the nest.

Each of the four photos shows fishing line attached to the duck. Remember that monofilament fishing line is clear which makes it hard to see, especially on smaller photos. Hopefully, if you enlarge the photos by clicking on them, you will be able to see the line.

Greater Scaup on shoreDuck caught in fishing lineDuck trying to fly with fishing line attachedFishing line trailing duck

What can you do to help? From “Cape Lookout Studies” website: “Fishing Line Recycle Bin

If you’ve ever witnessed an animal that’s been entangled in improperly discarded fishing line, you’ll understand why the monofilament recycling program is so important. Don’t leave your old fishing line on the beach, unsecured on the boat, or in the ocean. And when it’s time to get rid of it, look for one of the convenient recycling bins. Fishing line thrown in the trash works its way to the top of the landfill and often finds its way back into the environment. With your help, we can greatly reduce the number of useless deaths of some of our most important marine species. 

Look for the convenient recycling bins. Monofilament Recycling and Recovery Program volunteers have placed over 60 recycling bins across the North Carolina coast and they’re adding more all the time. You’ll find them at piers, docks, boat ramps, marinas and the best retailers on the coast. So far, volunteers have collected over 700 miles of discarded fishing line. Recycle your fishing line and help ensure that the most amazing coastal environment in America, stays that way“.

Click on the Cape Lookout Studies site to visit the page where there is a lot more information and photos. Although it is a North Carolina site, this is a problem throughout the US. If you fish, please take care of your monofilament fishing line. If you are walking on the shore and see some, take the time to pick it up and throw it in the trash. There is a map on the page that shows the locations of the recycling containers. I do not see one in New Bern. Hopefully, it won’t be long before they have one on the waterfront.

Pear Blossoms…

This morning I got up at o’dark-thirty to travel to New Bern, NC to photograph pear blossoms. Yep, spring is springing here in eastern North Carolina. As I traveled the sun came up and there was a beautiful sunrise. Those of you that know me, know that I am not a morning person so it is pretty rare for me to see a sunrise. It was so worth being up to see that beautiful sky! I should have stopped along the way to take photos but I was meeting friends and wanted to be on time.

The area that we photographed had a long driveway lined with pear trees. No partridge – just pear trees. It is right along the river. Very pretty area. Unfortunately, the sun decided to cloud over somewhat as it rose and there was a bit of fog but there was still enough light to get some nice photos. Hope that you enjoy the photos.Top of drivewayDriveway lined with pear treesPretty pear blossomsMore pearsFor those of you living where there is still a lot of snow, take heart. Spring is on the way!!