Across North Carolina: Volume V

    This is the fifth of a new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been. Upon examination of these random images, I concluded that best format would be the one page arrangement, where I cut the images to 1280 pixels wide, arrayed in a wide viewed 'fancybox' series, where there is a title of explanation, and maybe a bit more, but mainly, the photo should speak rather than my words. In fact, I plan to put my words on hold for a bit here, which will be to the fine relief of a great many.

    Each series will be random and varied; however, most will center from here in eastern North Carolina, which is closer to my home in northeastern North Carolina, in the county of Beaufort, and the county seat of Washington, my home. From this perspective, we will reach out beyond the myriad waters: fresh and calm, brackish and moving, salty with powerful waves, and get to see North Carolina, where we may know it a little better, if only through images.

    This random display of images of North Carolina, made by the Tar Heel traveler, may have been revealed earlier in BCN, and when I can remember a relative series, I shall link to it; however know that this series of ongoing themes will remain that there is no theme. In this random projection of unrelated images, the series will seek its relevance, its beauty and its strength of purpose.

The Fifth Pictorial Trek from Here to There and Back Again

We begin in Beaufort County, where we are inundated by wildlife, like this predator of the skies - the osprey: Above. Here in the estuarine waters of the Pamlico River, there are no predators for these two yellow-belly sliders enjoying the July warmth: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    Across this wide swath of a state, we drive 6 1/4 hours to the Buncombe County valley of the oldest mountains in the world, where Asheville serves as the cultural center of this mountainous region of southeastern United States.
The county courthouse and county offices of Buncombe County near dusk: Above. Craggy Gardens is atop the Craggy Dome, which rises 6,105 feet above sea level of the Craggy Mountains range just a few miles northeast of Asheville: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    And back again to the far northeast of North Carolina, Currituck County, where there is a thin strip of sand dunes between two great bodies of water reached south from southeastern Virginia.
Looking north from Corolla, we see the next seaside community with one unique egress - from the beach at low tide only: Above. Just west and south, I have found one of the great places to experience a summer sunset on the Currituck Sound: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    And then South along the geological phenomenon, the silver slip of sand - North Carolina's Outer Banks to these iconic destinations.
Jockeys Ridge at the northern edge of Nags Head is a pleasant spot to visit and re-vist: Above. The ominous weather that envelops the outer banks was part of the purpose for the Bodie Island Light Station: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    And then like a boomerang back west to Blue Ridge Parkway, we sojourn before returning home to Beaufort County, totally spent but with many recorded memories.
From high atop the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a few miles northeast of Ashville, NC, we spy down upon the Burnett Reservoir of the Swannanoa River and within the Swannanoa Valley: Above. And then even higher up, from the shoulder of Mount Mitchell, we observe the tallest mountains east of the Mississippi River: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    Oh to be home again ...
One of the many varieties of waterfowl - this one I believe to be a strain of Kormoran - along the Pamlico River along the Washington, NC waterfront: Above. And then a winter's sunset: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    We'll do another one of these as the time becomes ready and appropriate. At your leisure, please follow this link to the growing list of this pictorial series - "Across North Carolina".

    Publisher's note: This post appears courtesy of Beaufort County Now from its Across North Carolina series.

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