Here is a cypress tree growing in The Great Dismal Swamp, yes, that is the actual name. The Great Dismal Swamp sprawls from Virginia, over the border, and into North Carolina:
Here is a live oak on Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Roanoke Island is the where the first English colonists landed in 1897. They are now known as the Lost Colony because they disappeared completely and were never heard from again. This particular live oak grows on the northern end of the island, which is the end of the island where the colony was located, and it is old enough that it is believed to have been alive when the colonists were on the island:
Virginia Dare is famous for being the first English colonist born on these shores. She disappeared along with here mother, father, and all of the other colonists, but here is a rendition in marble of what she may have looked like as a young woman. She wears the jewelry of a princess among the Native Americans of the area at the time, holds a fishing net around her, and has a heron by her side. This statue resides in the Elizabethan Gardens, an expanse of gardens on Roanoke Island which were very beautiful, even with only a few things in bloom at present:
This is the Bodie lighthouse on Bodie Island in the Outer Banks:
Sunset from one of the islands:
We will be taking a ferry to the mainland tomorrow, a two hour ride, and then on to the wedding!