Moments Captured Along North Carolina’s Coast
North Carolina’s coastline includes over three hundred miles of underdeveloped waterfront. Rugged, windswept barrier islands scatter it’s shores. Colonial villages from a forgotten era, which can only be reached by ferry, add to the mystique. Natural attractions include the east coast’s tallest dunes, as well as two National Parks, committed to protecting our ecosystem. Over 460 species of migratory birds pause to rest before completing their journeys to nesting grounds in the Carribean and South America. Many pause to breed before continuing on to points further south. Several remote islands committed to preserving America’s wild mustang population may be reached by ferry, kayak, or, as in Carolla, by four wheel drive. Various habitats protecting loggerhead turtle nesting grounds have been established as well, helping to maintain an underdeveloped environment up and down North Carolina’s picturesque shores.
Along the Outer Banks, fishermen may still be spotted heading out to sea; or back to harbor, hauling their catch. One can drive over fifty miles in a stretch w/out street lights, or even houses to pollute the night sky. As a result, the Milky Way appears not only much brighter, but closer somehow.
Seven coastal lighthouses still guide ships as sailors navigate fickle weather patterns. Sites steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War history scatter the coast adding historical ambience as well.
Intense sunrises are common along North Carolina’s coast, as brilliant red, orange, and yellow rays pierce ever changing cloud formations and illuminate the horizon. During blue and golden hours, pastels glow brighter as light penetrating the atmosphere reflects off blue-green waters.
These images were captured from the farthest points east, along North Carolina’s secluded coast land.