A few weeks ago I spent four fantastic days visiting my very good friend Dianne Hawes (Wistwin Shetland Sheepdogs)near Raleigh, North Carolina. During my last visit about a year and a half ago, we toured the Blue Ridge mountains - an absolutely outstanding day - and this year we went to Wilmington, a city just as well known for it's fabulous ocean side beaches as it's historic charm. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful outdoor lunch at the boat dock with seafood as fresh as you can get. Naturally we were more than eager to walk off our delightful lunch with a long stroll along the beach. The day couldn't have been more perfect!
These little birds (I think they were part of the sandpiper family) would move en masse as they hunted for goodies up and down the beach. It was quite entertaining to watch!
There were gulls of a different variety than what we get up here, quite striking in just basic black and white.
As close as I got to swimming :).
Beautiful cactus ...
I can't wait to visit this gorgeous beach again ... heaven!