Image“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”  (Melanie Beattie)

I am forever grateful, thankful for my family and friends each of who contribute to my life in their own unique and wonderful way.  Embrace this holiday, and every day, with gratitude.


  1. I wish there was more gratitude in this world. I feel as you, thankful for each day and what it brings. I love this shot. It is amazing the boarded path is so long and straight. I know the point of your image is to make the viewer wonder and imagine, but can you tell me what is at the end of the path? As an architect, we build as your shot shows, to have a bit of mystery, but the terminus always is the “surprise” or focal point.

    1. This portion shown is a long piece of boardwalk through a particularly wet portion of the marsh. Throughout this path there are various boardwalks connected by sandy paths through dryer patches, which is the case here as well. This is simply the longest, straightest boardwalk, and my favorite! From this higher walkway we spied pathways created by deer, alligator and muskrat through the marsh to various patches of water, which I assume must be fresh since critters congregate there. So the answer is a sandy path that winds through the maritime forest. On the sandy paths one encounters numerous fiddler crabs – so cute!

      1. The marsh is simply my favorite place. So much life! It’s a fascinating ecosystem, I think. The salt marsh along the Cape Fear River is in transition. The river used to be mostly fresh water, except close to the mouth that leads to the sea where it was brackish. It was dredged decades ago to allow the larger sea vessels access to Wilmington harbor, thus turning the river more salty. The marsh, once a fresh water marsh is in the process of adjusting. It’s fascinating really. I must blog about it as I learn more.

      2. Do blog about it more. I have many posts on our local marshes and like you love to visit and learn about about them. I also had some professional work in them. The firm I worked for helped in creating one and restoring another.

      3. I shall do just that, blog about these marshes. We moved here a little over a year ago. While I thought the beach would be my favorite place – and it’s indeed one of them – the salt marsh really tugs at my heart. How wonderful that your firm is environmentally connected! That must make you happy to work there.

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