Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Christmas Tree

I suppose this might become an annual Ocracoke holiday tradition. It seems as if every fall a storm washes a dead tree up on the beach. Last year someone planted a  driftwood tree in the sand near the lifeguard beach, and hung a few flotsam & jetsam "ornaments" on it. Others added their own findings.

I was thinking about last year's tree when I noticed another dead tree lying on the beach a week or so ago, but I never propped it up. Then a few days ago I was walking near the Pony Pen beach when I saw this year's tree. It was already planted in the sand, festooned with seashells, a flipflop, a Milk Dud box, and assorted other items.

The tree is a visual testament to islanders' creativity and quirkiness. Take a beach walk down by the Pony Pen and add a seashell, some seaweed, or another treasure.

Beach Christmas Tree

 Don't worry, we'll undecorate the tree after Christmas.

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  1. Anonymous8:32 AM

    Delightful, Philip (and no pun intended, I guess).

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. debbie s.8:54 AM

    lolol that's awesome :)

  3. Anonymous11:21 AM

    Is it trash that is found on the beach which is used to decorate the tree i.e. candy box-- perhaps everyone walking the beach should collect all the refuse they find before selecting the best bit of trash to decorate with... I do hope all beach walkers do collect trash from what ever beach they walk

  4. Ocracoke beach is mercifully clean of most trash, but stray items (a flip flop, a milk dud box, or a fishing lure, e.g.) occasionally find there way to the shoreline. These are usually promptly picked up by good folks walking on the beach.

    Most of the "decorations" on the tree are shells and other natural treasures. The few human-made items placed on the tree do add a little color...and whimsy!

  5. Anonymous7:25 PM

    I recall a natural "gate" of sorts along the pathway back to Springer's Point was similarly decorated some years ago. There was even a dollar bill among the decorations.