Friday, June 11, 2010
I decided a long time ago that this would not become an "I live at the beach" blog. At some point though I need to address where I live and how it affects me and the animals in my care.
In the course of my inner dialog, I often complain about where I live and how it impacts my hunting.
I live on a little spit of land off of the coast of North Carolina. There is not much to it. We are surrounded by the ocean on one side and the sound on the other. We are only about a mile wide at the thickest part, 200 yard in others. We are windswept and everything we due is based on the ocean and the weather.
I don't have mountains or large tracts of hunt able land. Most areas where I hunt are waterlogged, parts of it impassable due to swamp or bog. In the summer, we are inundated with tourists, which is both good and bad. We lose our elbow room, but they are our main economy.
I could go on, but instead of lamenting what I don't have, I've decided to embrace what I do.
I took my camera with me when I went to work cleaning pools the pother day and napped some pictures. Just random things I would see on any given day as I drive up the beach. Some of it is good, some not - but all of it makes this place what it is.
We have wildlife. More than most people would ever expect. but we are missing some of the staples of other areas. No skunk, no ground hog and not too many rabbits.
But lots of snakes and reptiles, plenty of deer, hog,and squirrel.
Lots of water, lots of boating and fishing, surfing and kayaking.
Tics and spiders and bugs.
We live in an area that was settled before Jamestown.
The local families can trace their roots back to shipwrecks and sailing vessels, piracy and plunder.
Roots go back to black beard and further to the lost colony.
It is very easy to complain - I know - I'm guilty. It is sometimes harder to appreciate what you really have. I've got access to hunting, I have wildlife, I have natural beauty.
I have space, and birds to trap.
falcons and accipiters.
Of course I have family and roots.
I encourage you to take the time to look around and see what you have.
Try no to worry to much about what you don't.