The Bogue Banks and its neighbor, The Shackelford Banks, lie just south of Cape Lookout off the North Carolina Coast. Unlike the Outer Banks which runs from Corolla in the north through the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Bogue and Shackelford Banks are pretty much positioned east west rather than north south. This means the sun is overhead throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. Here, the beaches are wider and they are growing. The beach you see above which rounds the point was not here ten years ago.
The dunes along this section of beach have largely been built up due to the careful positioning of sand fences which dot the landscape.
The Bogue Sound and the town of Swansboro are visible in the distance. Beach erosion and the loss of sand and dunes due to nor’easters and hurricanes along the Outer Banks, appears to have been to the benefit of Land’s End on the Bogue Banks. Thanks for the look and have a great week ahead.
The Sea Oats on the Barrier Dunes bend South as near gale force winds buffet the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
After multiple attempts to get the light on the ocean where I wanted it, I finally came close to what I had visualized. Of course, if you’re like me, you’re never satisfied and so you keep going back time and again for the perfect shot. I’m not sure I can do any better than this. But, I’ll keep trying.
Particulars: Nikon D750 Camera, 24-120 f/4 lens. Shot with manual exposure, f/8 at 1/640, center weight metering, auto white balance, focal length 65mm. No filters. I used a Slik tripod for the shot.
My thanks to those who stop by for a look. I appreciate your taking the time. See you next time if not before.
This shot of the Stars and Stripes and the State Flag of North Carolina flying on the barrier dunes along the Outer Banks at Sunset was chosen by the Eastern Council of the Boy Scouts of America to be awarded to selected friends of Scouting for their outstanding support. Exquisitely matted and framed by Shenandoah Printing and Graphics of Greenville, North Carolina, it is a most impressive presentation. It was a real honor for the Scouts to select my shot. I cannot think of a better organization to be associated with. Thanks for the look. See you soon.
The ubiquitous Sea Oat telegraphs a very calm dawn along the barrier dunes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is very unusual to encounter such a quiet Atlantic this time of the year. Am recovering from surgery so will leave it at that. Nikon D600/ 24-120mm f/4 lens. Have a good week and thanks for the look.
The texture of the sand on the backside of this dune caught my eye on the beach at Emerald Isle. It is very hot here with the heat index hovering near 120. The Atlantic Ocean is a sauna with water temperature nearing 85 degrees. How on earth that can be refreshing is beyond me but there are plenty of takers. Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.
Taken from the top of the dune line at Land’s End on the North Carolina Bogue Banks, this is the southern terminus of the island chain that makes up the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The beach here was built by hurricanes and Northeaster storms over the past decade. A very evident lesson in how nature is always changing. Thanks for the look. see you next time.
The light here is very special. Emerald Isle is oriented to the southeast so the sun is over the beach throughout the day creating amazing shadows and light patterns. The photo above of a row of sand fences near the barrier dune line is a color shot but the light and shadow play give it the look of a monochrome sepia-like photograph.
With the sun behind me, the light takes on a different hue. This is the view to the south southeast looking toward the point. The beach is incredibly wide here similar to the beaches further down the Atlantic Coast. When I was there last week, I had the entire beachfront to myself.
This view is further down the beach near lands end. It’s hard to fathom that a little over a decade ago, much of this was not here. Nor’Easters, Hurricanes and the constant wind are continually changing the landscape. I used a Nikon D800E Camera on these shots with an 18-35mm wide angle lens. The only clouds were off on the horizon line so the Sunny f/16 rule came into play. f/16, 1/125th of a second, ISO 100. Thanks for the visit and have a great week ahead.