The first attraction I encountered was a grouping of flowers planted on the "river walk".
Here is the context:
Just a few steps away, I noticed this tiny butterfly, wingspan about 25 mm (no more than an inch). I wished I had a macro lens with me, as it wasn't in a great hurry to fly away and would probably have allowed to approach closer than I could focus with the rig I had. This shot was made with a 24-105 zoom at maximum magnification.
As I examined this flower, a beautiful fly landed, with just the right color contrast!
I found this family of friendly bear cubs, and set off in search of other sculpted bears, which abound in New Bern.
The nearness of the coastline keeps the climate moderate in fall, and apparently flowers of many kinds do well later than they do in Raleigh.
What a great self-satisfied expression on this fellow!
City Hall is a charming and interesting building, with two bears above the entrance.
Before I could approach for a good look, though, I had to pause for this guy in the style of a cigar store totem.
A patriotic bruin now sits at the foot of the steps, while the guards above bare their teeth and stick out their tongues.
Spanish moss in the churchyard! We are in what state, North Carolina? I wish there had been a blue sky to contrast with the golden weather vane.
I didn't have a long lens for "real" bird photography, but this scene was fun for me.
Dedicated to the men and women of the U.S. Navy, Sailor Bear is natty.
A portion of a street mural, used for a kind of "found object" abstract image.
And another attempt to find interesting shapes and textures in plain view.
As I headed back to the hotel, I was greeted by one more example of public art!