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Season Compare: Hertford Tree Memorial

I’ve been keeping an eye on the Tree Memorial in Hertford, North Carolina, hoping to catch all the cherry blooms. I was there most recently on Easter Sunday. Redbuds and some of the dogwoods were out, but the cherries had yet to show their full glory. Nonetheless, I still snagged a few shots to make a season compare.

Tree Park
Hertford Tree Memorial – December 7, 2008

Hertford Tree Memorial - Spring View
Hertford Tree Memorial – April 12, 2009

More pictures of the Hertford Tree Memorial in December and in April can be found on my Flickr site.

April 30, 2009 at 8:03 am 1 comment

Weekly Winners – March 22, 2009 – March 28, 2009

This week’s set includes a remaining shot from my brother’s birthday party in Occoquan, Virginia as well as some shots of spring in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and Hertford, North Carolina.

Jay's Birthday -  Ryan has Friends
Have Food? Then You Have Friends – Occoquan, Virginia

Fun Junktion Frisbee Golf Course - Magnolia Leaves
Magnolia Leaves in the Sun – Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fun Junktion Frisbee Golf Course - Bud
Spring Bud – Elizabeth City, North Carolina

While I was taking these shots a goose startled me when it fled into the water. It turned out she was nesting and quite upset at me. This may not be my most stunning shot– but the goose does look agitated.

Fun Junktion Catch and Release Pond - Pissed Off Goose
Mama Goose – Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Hertford Tree Memorial - Bumble Bee on Red Bud Blossom (Cropped and Sharpened)
Red Bud Pollination – Hertford, North Carolina
P.S. Those flowers are edible!

Even with all the beautiful spring blossoms in Hertford, some abandoned railroad tracks managed to catch my eye.

Hertford - Jimmie with Girls (Sharpened)
Sharing the Tracks – Hertford, North Carolina

Hertford - Jimmie and Henry on Old Railroad
Nature (and Dogs) Take Over Tracks – Hertford, North Carolina

More pictures of my brother’s birthday party, Elizabeth City and Hertford are available on my Flickr site.

Also, be sure to check out more of this week’s Weekly Winners at Sarcastic Mom!

March 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm 14 comments

Newbold-White House Recreation Trail

Nineteen miles southwest of Elizabeth City, the town of Hertford is home to the oldest brick house in North Carolina. It is known as the Newbold-White House and it was built in 1730 as part of a riverside plantation. Today the house is a museum, open March 1st through Thanksgiving, where visitors can partake in a 45 minute tour of the grounds.

It wasn’t the historic building, however, which brought me there last January. Ryan Somma and I were looking for an afternoon outing with the dogs. The Newbold-White House is set upon 143 acres and has its very own Recreation Trail to the Perquimans River and better yet– the trail is open year round.

The Recreation Trail itself is straight forward– about a mile round-trip, flat and wide. We did take the time to explore the shoreline, a nearby swamp, a nearby decaying tree and the surprising remains of an automobile in the sand. It was a humble outing, but an interesting and fulfilling one.

The trails starts views of the historic buildings and ends at the beautiful Perquimans River. A nearby Bald Cypress Swamp adds to the scenery.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - House
The Newbold-White House

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Henry on Sand
Henry Enjoys Shoreline

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Water Ripples
Bald Cypress Tree and Spanish Moss from Dock

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Decay and Bald Cypresses (Landscaipe)
Bald Cypress Swamp

Along the way, Somma and I spied three separate fire ant nests. Hoards of mussels were present in the river and finally, there was evidence a raccoon(?) had visited the river recently– its footprints were still in the sand.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Ryan Points to Fireants
Ryan Points to Fire Ant Nest

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Ridges in Mussel Shell, Ridges in Fingersl
Shellfish from River

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Raccoon and Henry Prints
Raccoon Tracks? (Above the fresh Henry track)

The trail passes through plantation lands, so you get to see an old cotton crop. I was surprised to see a yellow dandelion in full bloom in the middle of January. On the other hand, I wasn’t surprised to see the bald cypress trees, Spanish moss and mistletoe that are prevalent to the area. There were some great dried up yellow berries (anyone know what they are?). But it was the fungus that stole the show for me. Lots and lots of fungus.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Jimmie in Cotton Field
Jimmie Runs Through Domesticated Flora

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Old Roots and a Standing Cypress Tree
Old Bald Cypress Roots, Cypress Trees and Spanish Moss

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Lots of Yellow Berries
Yellow Berries

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Mushroom and Foam
Fungus Sneaks into a Crevice

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Mushroom Colony From Above
Layers of Fungus on Dead Tree

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Tiered Mushroom
Leaf Catching Mushroom

Right on the shoreline of the Perquimans River, slightly south of the dock, we found some old rusted parts in the sand. It turned out to be an old automobile being reclaimed by the elements.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Springs and Engine Block
Car Fossil – Springs and Engine Block

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Sand Filled Speedometer
Car Fossil – Radio

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Rusted Car Part in Wave
Car Fossil – Part in Wave

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Spark Plugs
Car Fossil – Transistors

More information about the museum and its grounds can be found at the official Newbold-White House website. And as always, more pictures of our visit can be found on my Flickr site.

Newbold-White House Recreation Trail

Length: ~1 mile round trip

Elevation Gain: None

Directions from Elizabeth City, NC

Take US-17 South about 15.7 miles

Turn left at Church Street

After about 1.4 miles, turn left on Newbold White Road

Road ends at the museum parking

February 23, 2009 at 6:00 am 8 comments

Hertford Tree Memorial

When my grandmother passed away in 2000, her friends got together and planted a pink dogwood tree in Occoquan’s Mamie Davis Park in her memory. What a wonderful, wonderful way to remember a special person and add a little more beauty into this world.

Not too far from my new home, the town of Hertford, North Carolina has embraced that same concept. Adjacent to the Perquiman County Library, they have allotted land to be a Memorial Tree Park. A dedicated space where friends and family have planted trees in memory of loved ones.

Hertford Memorial Tree Park

Each tree in the park is accompanied by a sign with the name of who the tree is in memory of. If you are actively working on improving your tree identification skills like me, then you will be just as thrilled as I was to see the species labeled as well. Your very own cheat sheet!

White Dogwood in Memory of Dorothy White Barbee

Weeping Cherry

Red Oak in Memory of Addie Nixon Jones

Japanese Cherry

Although most of the trees were deciduous, there were some evergreens in the mix. In fact some of the hollies are flourishing so much, they are starting to obscure their purpose.

Flourishing Holly

The most popular trees were by far White Dogwoods. Cherry trees were second. Do you know what that means?!? The Hertford Memorial Tree Park is going to be so very lovely in the spring with all the blossoms.

I can’t wait!

More pictures of the Hertford Memorial Tree Park can be found on my Flickr site.

Hertford Memorial Tree Park

Directions from Elizabeth City, NC
Take 17 South about 14 miles
Turn right at 17 BR/New Hope Road/NC-37
Turn right on Market Street
The Memorial Tree Park is on Market Street between E Academy and W Academy Streets

P.S. In the future, if one is ever inspired to plant a tree in memory of me– I make a humble, prehumous suggestion of a Blight Resistant American Chestnut. We should have those by then!

P.S.S. Yeah, yeah, maybe I don’t love Rhododendrons as much as I thought!

December 10, 2008 at 8:00 am 1 comment

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