This is the ninth 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 Ninth Pictorial Trek from Here to There and Back Again
We begin in Goose Creek State Park along the walkway that takes one to where the mouth of Goose Creek meets the Pamlico River: Above. Another pastoral setting is always the shoreline of Lake Phelps in Washington County at Pettigrew State Park: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
While remaining in Washington County, we pay a visit to one of North Carolina's few remaining plantations from colonial days - Somerset Plantation
- along the shores of Lake Phelps.
The view of Somerset from lake Phelps, and what a magnificent Cypress in the foreground: Above. To the rear of Somerset, there are working outhouses, the closest to the plantation's kitchen. Was my camera showing smudges in this picture, and the other 6 images that I took of this scene from different angles (did not show up in any other images from that day), or are these the infamous orbs floating in a much storied location(?): Below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
Eastern North Carolina, from north to south, here Downeast, is a most unique stretch of ground where real people live, and have lived.
Remaining in eastern North Carolina, here in Edenton's Historic District, we are acquainted with the front view of the Cupola House: Above. Then south and west along the southeastern coast of the Old North State we exhibit the 'Showboat', the USS North Carolina moored across the Cape Fear River from Wilmington: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
It is difficult to get anywhere in North Carolina, from east to west without going through Raleigh, or at least being close to it.
So, we make an image of the western view of the downtown skyline from Boylan Ave.: Above. Then there is Lake Lure where the foothills become mountains, a must experience if one can tear themselves away from North Carolina's storied coast: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
The zig zag from west to east is the way of it as we return to North Carolina's coast.
We return to the Outer Banks, this time at Kitty Hawk, with the outer bands of Tropical Storm Ana swirling from horizon to horizon. This is low tide at the beach, where many houses are in danger of slipping away: Above. But not here in Corolla, where the Currituck Light Station sits high upon the inner island sands in the northern North Carolina Outer Banks: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
Once one is situated in the northern Outer Banks, you can not exclude Duck, NC from your itinerary, from a geographical necessity or a cultural perspective.
Here, we spy on a fat Nutria in the shallows of the Currituck Sound: Above. Then, we bid goodbye to the last of the day near those same shallows where the nutria are so abundant: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
And then back home ...
Where I always finish with a sunset image over the Pamlico River in Washington, NC: Above. photo by Stan Deatherage Click image 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.