Monochrome Monday: Oak Island Farwell

As the fall air turns cooler here in the Southeastern US, I’m posting this last batch of monochrome compositions from my visit last summer to Oak Island, North Carolina.

Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 3
Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 3
Oak Island Pelican Patrol 2
Oak Island Pelican Patrol 2
Oak Island Lighthouse Boardwalk
Oak Island Lighthouse Boardwalk
Oak Island Lighthouse Late Afternoon 1
Oak Island Lighthouse Late Afternoon 1
Pelican Dive 1
Pelican Dive 1

Cheers,

C. S.

Oak Island, Pt 2.

This post features my second set of compositions from Oak Island, North Carolina. Once or twice a day, I would leave the family for a “photography expedition”. Time by yourself, with no pressure to “hurry up and take that picture”.

Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 2
Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 2

This is when I find photography most fulfilling, the freedom to wander, explore, and just see what you can see. For example, on a rainy day whim, I turned left on a dirt road near Safe Harbor and eventually found this rustic old lifeboat overlooking the Lockwoods Folly River, just before it connects with the Intracostal Waterway.

Abandoned Lifeboat 1
Abandoned Lifeboat 1

Of course, sometimes seeing is anticipation of a situation or scene that has potential to develop into something visually interesting.

Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 1
Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 1
Oak Island Sunset 1
Oak Island Sunset 1
East Oak Island Sunset
East Oak Island Sunset

If you missed it, see my earlier post – Oak Island, NC In Color. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Cheers,

C. S.

Oak Island, NC in Color

You would think during the pandemic I would have more time to work on my photography. Well, it hasn’t worked out that way. Seems like I’ve been working more and more in my day job over the last year.

Oak Island Pelican Patrol 1
Oak Island Pelican Patrol 1

Last month, my family finally did take a long weekend with relatives on Oak Island, North Carolina.  We got some well-deserved rest and I was able to explore the barrier island. This weekend, I finally got around to finishing the first batch of images.

Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 1
Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 1
Feeding the Gulls at Ocean Crest Fishing Pier
Feeding the Gulls at Ocean Crest Fishing Pier
Oak Island Fisherman 2
Oak Island Fisherman 2
Oak Island Twilight 1
Oak Island Twilight 1

I also have some nice monochrome images; you’ll be seeing those in forthcoming Monochromia posts. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high-resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

First in Flight: Wright Brothers Memorial

Either by school field trip, family vacation, or in this case Boy Scout trip, many residents of North Carolina have visited the historic Wright Brother Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, just south of Kitty Hawk, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Here, on December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright successfully conducted the first sustained controlled flight of a motorized aircraft.

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Landscape Composition 2
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Landscape Composition 2

Their breakthrough engineering development of a three axis control system (pitch, roll and yaw) allowed the pilot to steer and maintain equilibrium. It remains today as the standard method of control for all fixed wing aircraft. Though I’ve visited multiple times in my life, each time I’m quite inspired by the brother’s ingenuity over years of slow but steady progress, hard work, and perseverance.

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Wilbur Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Wilbur Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Orville Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Orville Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Landscape Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Landscape Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Front Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Front Composition

Equally inspiring is the natural beauty found along the wind swept barrier islands of the North Carolina Outer Banks. It quite a long drive for me, but once you get there, you’re so thankful for having the opportunity to visit. For the best viewing experience, click an image to view a high resolution version. For more photos of this amazing destination, also see my Outer Banks Gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday – Bodie Island Lighthouse

Like the Hatteras Lighthouse 53 miles (85 km) to the south along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Bodie Island Lighthouse (pronounced “body”) stands 156 feet (47.5 m) and is also part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and maintained by the National Park Service. Unlike other lighthouses which switched to aviation beacons, the Bodie Island Lighthouse maintains an original first-order Fresnel lens to cast its light.

Bodie Island Lighthouse Abstract 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Abstract 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Interior 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Interior 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Abstract 2
Bodie Island Lighthouse Abstract 2
Bodie Island Lighthouse Window 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Window 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Interior 2
Bodie Island Lighthouse Interior 2
Bodie Island Lighthouse Seascape
Bodie Island Lighthouse Seascape

Thank you taking time to visit my photograph blog. If you like these compositions, then check out my Cape Hatteras Lighthouse posts Part 1 and Part 2. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Canadian Hole: Ridin’ the Wind

Located on the Pamelco Sound side of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Canadian Hole is acknowledged as one of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding locations on the American east coast, if not the world  Returning from a late afternoon visit to the Wright Brothers Memorial, we pulled off Highway 12 between Avon and Buxton to enjoy watching these windsurfers ride the wind.

Canadian Hole Windsurfing 1
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 1
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 2
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 2
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 3
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 3
Canadian Hole Windsurfing Pop Art
Canadian Hole Windsurfing Pop Art
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 4
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 4

Photographed the following day, his last composition features a kiteboarder in the Atlantic Ocean side of Hatteras Island near the city of Hatteras.

Hatteras Kiteboarder Composition
Hatteras Kiteboarder Composition

In our campground in Fresco, I met a gentlemen named Gerard from Montreal.  A serious kiteboarder, he was evidence Canadian Hole was indeed discovered by Canadians in the early 1980s. Thanks for stopping by today. Click to see a high resolution version of each image.

Cheers,

C. S.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Study, pt 2

For the image below, I patiently waiting about 30 minutes after sunset for the photocell in the lighthouse to finally turned on the lighthouse beacon. Yep, the kerosene lamp and Fresnel lens were replaced back around 1934.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Twilight Composition
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Twilight Composition

The remaining images in this post, along with most in the previous post, were captured the following day when my Scout Troop visited the Cape Hatteras National Seashore park. Because I usually linger to get the best shot, they’ve learned not to wait on me.

Hatteras Lighthouse Spiral Staircase 2
Hatteras Lighthouse Spiral Staircase 2

Because of high winds, I was only able to lean outside the door to the lighthouse balcony. If you look at the image below, along the right side of the horizon line, you can see the breakers along the leading edge of the Diamond Shoals mentioned in the previous post. For a better view of this image, or any other image in this post, click to see a high resolution version.

Hatteras Lighthouse Balcony View - Color
Hatteras Lighthouse Balcony View – Color
Hatteras Lighthouse Window Composition 3
Hatteras Lighthouse Window Composition 3

The steel and wood groin shown below, was a last ditch effort to save the lighthouse. Sand is captured on the updrift side, in this case on the left side, at the expense of lost sand deposits on the right (downdrift) side. No that the Hatteras Lighthouse has been moved further away from the seashore, I wonder if this groin will be removed, or left to deteriorate over time.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Groin Composition 1
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Groin Composition 1
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Groin Composition 2
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Groin Composition 2

Thank you for stopping by today. If you liked these images, be sure to checkout the previous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Study post.

Cheers,

C. S.