About the only vegetation that changes color in the fall on Ocracoke is the poison ivy. Cedars, yaupons, live oaks, and pines stay green all year. But autumn is usually glorious...and this year is no exception.
Several days ago, as I was walking along the beach late in the afternoon I picked up four beautiful, near perfect scotch bonnets. Only one had a small hole; all of them had the distinctive scotch plaid pattern.
For days the temperature has hovered between the low-60s and the mid-70s during the day. Bright sunshine has dried up all of the puddles. Some days the clouds have been phenomenal, piled high and gleaming white against the cerulean sky. At sunset the edges of the clouds glow like hot iron on a blacksmith's anvil.
Neighbors are taking advantage of the fine weather to prepare boats for the winter, paint steps, wash windows, make minor house repairs, walk their dogs...anything to get outside and enjoy these last days before we close the doors and crank up the heat.
On Tuesday John & Joan invited me to join them for a morning fishing in Ocracoke Inlet. It couldn't have been more beautiful out in Pamlico Sound. Even on the open water it was not cold. A long sleeeved shirt and lightweight jacket was all I needed to stay comfortable. And we caught several blue fish. I fried them up that evening and Amy, David, Lachlan and I enjoyed a fresh fish dinner. As my grandfather used to say, we eat good in America!
Yesterday afternoon I went sailing on the Windfall II. The sunset was spectacular -- even a tinge of green as the sun slid below the horizon; not exactly the emeral green flash, but a hint of green. And I am planning on doing some clamming later today or tomorrow, before the weather turns cooler.
What more could I ask? Family, friends, good food, fantastic weather, and a phenomenal place to live!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of slavery on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092111.htm.