The trip had been planned long before Hurricane Irene blew up and slammed Eastern North Carolina before proceeding up the Coast to points north. The storm had given every indication that the “Banks” would take a huge hit and so it had on Southern Hatteras Island where NC Route 12 had been severed by the stormy Atlantic and left tiny Ocracoke Island under siege. So I was amazed to discover that Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Southern Shores and on up to the Village of Duck had weathered the storm quite well. (The beaches at Corolla to the North remained closed). The trip was still on! We loaded up all the beach gear, camera gear, coolers and the like and headed North East.
My first view of the beach at Southern Shores appeared to confirm what I have always heard from longtime Bankers; that the worst storms which do the most damage to the beach are Nor’Easters not Hurricanes. The beach was littered with the usual seaweed, drift wood…. even stumps, but the beach seemed no worse for the wear. The best news was that the dune line had held. The Sea Oats, Wax Myrtles, Live Oaks and Pines had survived Irene.
I’ve always taken a lot of shots at the coast but never this many: over 500. I’m still working through them. The tough part is; so far, they’re all keepers! I’ll put a wrap on this post with the iconic image of a lone pelican cruising south right above the big breakers in front of a red sunrise. Awesome if I say so myself.
See you soon on most of this same blog.