14
Aug

Ken Burns and the hit of 1990

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in History - Civil War, Music

A musical lament in Ken Burns’ “The Civil War”is the closest the traditional music world has had to a top 40 hit. Fiddler Jay Ungar’s mournful, Scottish-style “Ashokan Farewell” provided a moving backdrop to the 11-episode documentary released in 1990, and its popularity led to its publication as sheet music and its performance around the country for weddings and funerals. A wealth of traditional tune books are out there, more than you would imagine, but, until “Ashokan,” a single traditional tune in sheet music existed only on the list of mythological creatures alongside the ram with the golden fleece. Read the rest of this entry »

10
Aug

Doomed dune

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in Commentary

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This stairway gives KOA kampers access to the beach and was recently inundated with sand from a storm. Barrier dunes are not meant for permanent structures.

IMG_4324We stayed on the Outer Banks a week before Hurricane Sandy obliterated the dune the NCDOT people worked so hard to remove from the highway. Read the rest of this entry »

10
Aug

Bodie Island Lighthouse

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in Vacation 2012

IMG_4331Bodie Island lighthouse under refurbishment. Read the rest of this entry »

10
Aug

Waves House

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in Vacation 2012

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The stairs to nowhere.

IMG_4360We stayed in this house in Waves on the Outer Banks for three days. When we visited the OB in 1993 those areas filled with vacation houses were just small towns with a few businesses and old houses, separated by miles of vacant beach, dunes and road. Now only the National Seashore sections are free of construction. Read the rest of this entry »

8
Aug

Cape Hatteras

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in Vacation 2012

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8
Aug

Ocracoke Island

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in Vacation 2012

IMG_4147We spent one night and parts of two days on Ocracoke Island while working our way north. We stayed in a B&B and ate delicious Mexican food bought from a trailer in a parking lot. Read the rest of this entry »

7
Aug

Cedar Island Ferry

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in Vacation 2012

IMG_4105The trip north to Ocracoke Island.IMG_4121 Read the rest of this entry »

7
Aug

Cedar Island

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in Vacation 2012

IMG_4108 IMG_4109I took these photos while waiting for the Cedar Island ferry. Read the rest of this entry »

7
Aug

Cape Lookout

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in Vacation 2012

IMG_4097After leaving Beaufort we stopped by the National Park Service Harkers Island Visitor Center. We didn’t have time to visit Cape Lookout, so this was the closest we could get. I could see the lighthouse enticingly distant to the south.IMG_4091        Read the rest of this entry »

7
Aug

Beaufort, N.C.

   Posted by: John G. Whitacre   in Vacation 2012

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I liked this rooftop in Beaufort.

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This is the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway seen from the balcony of our hotel room in Beaufort, N.C.

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