Across North Carolina: Volume XIII

    This is the thirteenth 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 Thirteenth Pictorial Trek from Here to There and Back Again

We begin in Beaufort County, on a summer's day, in Washington's Festival Park: Above. And, we continue along Washington's waterfront, where the strapping young men may take to the water for exercise and refreshment: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    We leave Beaufort County, and head south to where there is limitless fresh brackish water, in Carteret County that form the base of North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Here along Beaufort's waterfront, the county seat of Carteret, we witness the spirited split of the calmer waters by a lone kayak runner among the constant confluence of larger and smaller pleasure craft along its waterfront, Taylor's Creek: Above and below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    Should one keep to the water and follow Taylor Creek in either direction, they will eventually find the widening waters that split Bogue and Back Sounds to the Beaufort Inlet, where free access reigns for all who wish to find their way to the blue waters of the Atlantic and the confluence of the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Currents.
From those enriched waters or from the shore of Core Banks of the Outer Banks, Cape Lookout Light Station anchors the view of the inspiring, and continuous, surf and sand: Above. About 45 miles due east, still above the Continental Shelf, but about 500 feet deep of the swirling, deep blue Atlantic, there exists a confluence of these conflicting currents at a special place known as Big Rock - an underwater rocky hill/mountain of grand proportions. It is a place where big fish sometimes live and attract our species to find them: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    Remarkably, serious fishermen find a certain peace in these often rough and turbulent waters, where some of the biggest fish of the Atlantic sometimes congregate, but we can also head due west to western North Carolina to find the calmer waters of mountain lakes, where some find the peace they seek.
Flat bottom pleasure boats await the calmer waters of Lake Lure, Rutherford County: Above. And Price Lake in Avery County, where Grandfather mountain stands tall in the distant north: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    Traveling back east to the lower, but sandy hills of North Carolina's famed Sandhills, where others find their own special tranquility.
That peace may be found on the perfect rolling grass carpet of Pinehurst's famed No. 3 Course in Moore County: Above. Or, simply, one may find that calming moment while walking their small dog at dusk, and taking a 'load off' on a bench in front of the old depot/train station of Southern Pines: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    Still, these serene surroundings can be found all over North Carolina, and especially, here back east, where the land is flat and low, and the water is plentiful.
Whether it is hanging with Carolina's curious guest, the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks, and here in the Rachel Carson Reserve, one may know that peace: Above. Or, further north and east in Nags Head, we greet the morning with a special sunrise: Below.     photos by Stan Deatherage    Click images to expand.

    And then back home ...
We bid a special good day to where this pictorial adventure began along the water's edge of 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.

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