Castle Island has been many things in its history but in its long association with Washington, North Carolina, it has never been abandoned.
The slow beat of blackwater creeks measures time in centuries. There are cypress trees in Carolina swamps more than 26 centuries old. They were saplings during the Bronze Age.
Only the infinitesimal calculus of profit and loss determines what survives and what is sacrificed. Tranters Creek is wonderfully unprofitable.
The Norfolk-Southern Railroad bridge across the Pamlico River was a monument to the ascendance of the machine. It was the future made visible.
The bald cypress is a mysterious tree. When rooted in muck, it often grows buttresses called knees. No one is certain if the knees primarily support the trunk or allow the roots to breathe. And then there are the fall colors.
The gracious homes along the banks of Pembroke Creek, North Carolina contrast dramatically with the wildness of the Chowan Game Lands further upstream.