27.6.08

the outer banks...




Crossing the Bonner Bridge, near Bodie Island Lighthouse

















at Lee Robinson General Store, Hatteras
























Mary, Ocracoke





Hatteras Inlet




Pamlico Sound, Buxton, NC










Osprey nest, Nags Head, NC





from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse,
view of Buxton, north to Avon
(Sound left, Ocean right)

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I love the mountains. I do. But ... I was born in Buxton ... in a Coast Guard radio building, converted to a make-shift medical facility, just off Highway 12. Each time I go back, I find it harder to leave.

13 comments:

Sky said...

I am from GA and love the Outer Banks and western NC, both. But, when my eyes saw the Pacific NW my heart melted, and the beauty around me seemed to saturate my being. We have 2 mountain ranges and water, water, everywhere.

These are nice shots of NC. I love it when I am moved by a place and by nature. Those are the places we should always spend more time, I think. This place may simply be your "true" home. :)

sam of the ten thousand things said...

You make a great point, Sky. We should always move toward those things that melt the heart. It's one life... Thanks for the visit.

poetwithadayjob said...

Sam - such nice pictures! I love east coast sea towns - they are so sweet. Provincetwon Mass., New London, CT, and Misquamicut, RI are the beach towns we went to when I was a kid - all still my favorite.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks, Melissa - and I enjoyed your live video of pelicans this morning. That's great.

LKD said...

I love the shots of the gulls flying and the pelican and the gull, but really, all of the photos are wonderful and make me long for the ocean.

Sky took the words right out of my mouth. I think deep in our hearts we know where home is when we've been there, or when we get there. Home for me has always been and will always be the woods of New Hampshire and the deserted beaches of Maine. I just feel more alive deep in a forest or standing on shore watching the tide come in.

Belated thanks, by the way, for posting that Ruth Stone poem below. I'm not familiar with her work and that was a helluva great introduction. Did you see her 3 poems up on Poetr y Daily the other day? "Speaking to my Dead Mother" really grabbed me by the throat when I read it. It's one of those poems that I don't think will ever fully let go of me.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

I did catch Stone's poems at PD, Laurel. She's such a strong force of a writer. I agree with you about home.

Clare said...

Simply beautiful, Sam.

Pris said...

Ohhhh...these bring back memories. I sailed all through here on my six month trip in my 22 foot sailboat, coming from Boston to Florida. The Banks were so beautiful with the ocean lapping in some places over tiny cays that barely formed a barrier. Storms kept us from crossing Pamleco Sound for three days but wait was fine. It meant more time there. Thanks for posting these!

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks, Clare and Pris, for looking.

Collin said...

Gorgeous photos. I love the Outer Banks.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

It's a great place. Thanks, Collin.

Lyle Daggett said...

I also really liked the pictures. Makes me want to go there right now.

I've actually never been on the Atlantic coast (would love to if I ever have a chance). Years ago I travelled with a friend for a few days on the Pacific coast, and have also spent time in the Puget Sound area three times over the years. The west coast absolutely swept me away, I saw two dozen places where I would readily live if I could ever figure out how.

Now, another place, after looking at the pictures here.

(If you ever have a chance to visit the north shore of Lake Superior, I can recommend it also.)

sam of the ten thousand things said...

It's the figuring out how to that is the toughest part. The Pacific Northwest and Lake Superior sound good to me as well. Thanks for the visit, Lyle.