The Outer Banks are a long, narrow band of barrier islands extending a hundred-and-fifty miles down the coast of North Carolina. This fragile, offshore ribbon of constantly shifting sand separates the Atlantic Ocean from coastal bays. While staying two nights at a small motel in Buxton, near the southern tip of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, I got out on the beach for two sunsets and two sunrises. The most dramatic cloud formations over the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse formed during the late afternoon when thunderstorms darkened the skies to the north. Some of the most satisfying images I made during my week of exploration along the Outer Banks were patterns of beach grass, and wind-blown sand ridges sandwiched between the surf and the sky. Patterns of sand fences, half-buried in the dunes, created leading lines and gave a greater feeling of depth to my beach scenes.
To save the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from the encroaching sea, it was moved a half mile inland in 1999. The lighthouse is now the same distance from the ocean as when it was originally constructed in 1870. Known as America's Lighthouse, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stands 208 feet and is the tallest brick beacon in the nation.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.