This old cypress tree, draped with Spanish moss, leaning over the Pamlico River reaching for the light, is just beginning to smolder with color. In a few weeks, maybe a few days, it will catch fire.
In a lifetime, a mature alligator may grow 2,000 to 3,000 teeth. And those teeth are set in a jaw that can crush a turtle’s shell.
You could sometimes hear the red wolves howling and howl in response, pretending yourself wild and the last of your kind.
All that remains of Buffalo City itself are scattered debris, rotting railroad ties, and rusting rails but at one time Russian was spoken here as commonly as English.