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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ABC Wednesday: N is for Neuse

The Neuse River in North Carolina is approximately 275 miles long (according to wikipedia).

It begins northwest of Durham, NC and empties into the Pamlico Sound below New Bern, NC (NC River Keepers and Water Alliance information).
NC River Keepers and Water Alliance site says that the Neuse River is nearly 2 million years old and its Indian name means peace.
The shots I'm using are of the Falls of the Neuse Reservoir (a man made reservoir in the upper portion of the Neuse River Basin) which supplies my city (Raleigh) with our drinking water. According to the City of Raleigh site on November 2010 the city of Raleigh was awarded a temporary permit to conduct studies and prepare a license application for a hydroelectric project it referred to as the Falls Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project. It's possible that one day my electricity will be thanks to the upper Neuse River Basin.
By the way, growing up I used to spend vacations with my family at Oriental, NC which is on the Neuse River near New Bern. Originally a fishing village Oriental, NC has become a sailing village and vacation spot too. My parents had a vacation house at Oriental and I used to take my daughter there too when she was very young, although that house was sold after my mother died in 1990 since my Dad wasn't going there much any more. All of the shots I have from the Neuse River at that end are pre-digital since we have tended to go to Atlantic Beach on the NC coast (which is also close to New Bern but on the Atlantic Ocean) after I had a digital cameras. It was easier to use these Falls of the Neuse Reservoir shots since I live near there and had a bunch of shots in my digital photo archives on my computer. Since the reservoir was authorized, in part, to address flood control issues with the Neuse River, it seemed appropriate to use photos of it for this post. Click for the home of ABC Wednesday.


EG CameraGirl said...

I wonder how the hydroelectric plant will change the area. I guess we cannot stop progress, can we?

aka Penelope said...

You must have many wonderful memories of the passing years visiting this river. When one actually stops to think about how ancient the ground and rivers at our feet really are, it is astounding to be a part of that even for a comparatively short time. Sounds like things are continuing to evolve but because of human needs now. I hope they are able to maintain the nice atmosphere and habitat for the wildlife. :)

Judy @ daily yarns said...

What a beautiful river. I would love to canoe down it.

Roger Owen Green said...

Don't know this NC river. Nice pics.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Jane and Chris said...

I can understand why it is called 'peace'.
Jane x

Meryl said...

It really does look peaceful! Great to leisurely kayak down..

Cezar and Léia said...

Bravo dear Carver,
Thanks for sharing all information, you did a great article in this post!
Very interesting!

photowannabe said...

Such a lovely area. I hope the new plant won't change the Peacefulness.

Luna Miranda said...

the calm water is perfect for canoeing. beautiful...i hope this river would stay healthy for the next generations.

Rambling Woods said...

Memories are so precious..I didn't realize that you lost your Mom so long ago..I am sorry about that..

jane said...

Love the translation - because the river does look so peaceful - iets hope that progress keeps in line with this and that it remains a safe haven for all wildlife - thanks for sharing - Jane UK

Anonymous said...

Having grown up inland, I always felt like I missed so much by not growing up near a body of water.

Spending summers by the river must have been wonderful.

Emille said...

River of peace - cool name and great memories! Beautiful views - hope that you also post these skies for Sky Watch Friday!

Annie said...

Very beautiful shots. I didn't know that it means "peace" - that is cool!

Sallie ( said...

Interesting post and my things to learn today (the River and the information about the reservoir -- all new to me).

NixBlog said...

Delightful shots, Carver!

Carol said...

great water shots....and you have wonderful memories of family vacations.

Ann said...

I grew up and spent my holidays by a river too. Both sets of grand parents. Our river Rejang river 350 miles were very long to us then until I went toCanada.

Gillian Olson said...

Great shots and many wonderful memories too, I bet.

Hildred and Charles said...

A lovely peaceful looking river - and old, too!!!

Hazel said...

Whoever wrote the lyrics "I've got peace like a river" must have the Neuse River in mind. Amazing how something which looks so serene can also power electricity giving many uses to households and businesses.

Mar said...

Beautiful place, it looks very peaceful, Carver.

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chubskulit said...

Such a relaxing scenery!

Nursing to Nuclear Medicine
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Ms. Burrito said...

So beautiful!

Hope you can come by and see my NooK, thanks!

Anonymous said...

What lovely river shots!

Indrani said...

That is an interesting take on 'N'. Never kNew of Neuse.


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