The walkway to the Gazebo and the interior were victims of one of the more recent hurricanes that have blasted through here. Might have been Irene. Now its just a landmark along the shore of the Currituck Sound. I must have waited for 15 or 20 minutes for the sun glow on the water to reach the point I wanted. One of my better shots from the winter I think. Nikon D600/ 24-120 f4 lens.
Lots of nasty weather blowing through here tonight. Time was, we only worried about Hurricanes here. Now with the crazy weather, Tornadoes are becoming much more common. There were several warnings this evening. It’s like somebody moved Kansas to North Carolina. When did that happen?
Beach erosion is a fact of life on the Outer Banks. Nor’easters and Hurricanes take their toll. This is a shot of the barrier dune line at Southern Shores, North Carolina the day after Hurricane Irene pounded the coast in late August of 2011. What the storms take away, they also put back. Miles down the coast, inlets are routinely filled in and new ones created. Despite man’s best efforts to rebuild beaches, in the end Mother Nature always wins. Click on the photograph for a larger view. Thanks for the look. Have a great evening and a great weekend.
What color there was in the wild before Hurricane Irene was pretty much wiped out by the storm here in Southeastern North Carolina but some wild flowers are made of sterner stuff. Tis the season of the Morning Glory and Golden Rod. Pretty striking when they’re right next to each other. See you soon on most of this same weekend.
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.
Photography has taken a back seat to storm prep. We’re battening down the hatches here on the farm in anticipation of a strong hit from Hurricane Irene now churning its way toward landfall Saturday at Atlantic Beach, about 60 miles from here. Right now its a category three storm and while we hope it will be downgraded to a category two by the time it comes ashore, everyone is planning for the worst. Mandatory evacuations are underway down east from here and the highways are bumper to bumper with people scramble to get out of harms way. We’re looking for sustained winds of 45- 50 MPH and Up along with at least 8 to 10 inches of rain. We’re as ready as we can be. All the generators have been tested and fueled. Kerosene lamps are at the ready. Charcoal for cooking has been laid in. It’s a long checklist. If you live along the Atlantic Coast in the US, please don’t take this storm lightly. I’ve been through my share of category threes on the Carolina Coast and one four and its no picnic. Be Safe. Hope to see you on the other side.