|The waterway is down the center of the picture. The ocean is to the left of the water tower. The long strip of land to the left of the waterway is Holden Beach Island. The land to the right is the mainland.|
One place we especially love to go to is one of the seafood houses that has a dock where several of the shrimp boats in the area dock their boats. It's on the mainland side of the waterway. We have become friends with the owners and they let us fish off the dock and take in all the sights, smells (some not so pleasant) and the comraderie of the locals that hang around places like that.
|Photo taken off the dock looking at Holden Beach Island|
Today we took our chairs and whiled away the whole afternoon there. Hubby was fishing mostly for fish that didn't bite. Me....I sat there with my fishing rod - long after my bait was lost to a stone crab - feeling connected to the water and being one with the current as it carried the weight of the world out with the tide. And watching the shrimp boats as they reached their masts up into the sky.
|My catch of the day - a stone crab - I threw him back|
|Carolina blue sky|
|If you look really hard, you will see a white osprey lifting his neck up in the marsh grass.|
|Hubby sitting on the dock fishing. Shrimp boats in background.|
|I would love to spend the summer in this old dockhouse - except it does have a few rotten boards.|
As I sat in this weightless time and space with the mind-numbing beauty of the water running under the dock beneath me, I halfway imagined that a large Manta Ray or a sea serpent would rise from the surface of the water and invite me to swim on its back. Or a mermaid would pull herself up on the dock and say, "Come on in - the water's warm". Then this little fellow below broke the spell and almost made me fall off the dock when he swam out from under it and jumped up right beside me. The second picture is him holding out his wings to dry them. I'm not sure what the correct name for this duck is, but the locals call him a Dye Diver Duck.
|I made a friend|
|Drying his wings - this bird really put on a show.|