Hatteras Island is a remote barrier island that, over the years, has been made less and less remote due to the bridges and highways (albeit a two lane one…but they still call it Highway 12) that have been built over the years to connect it to the rest of North Carolina and to the world. At the southern tip of Hatteras Island, however, exists a ferry that can take you to an island that remains disconnected except by water transportation. This island is Ocracoke.
I tried my hand at taking a panorama with the Nikon. Basically, you take a series of overlapping pictures using a tripod and then use Photoshop to stitch the pictures together. I’m not an iPhone panorama snob (although I only have a 4s…so it’s not oozing megapixels) but it’s cool to know I can also do it this way. (Full-quality image here)
It’s a warm December here in the Outer Banks – quite a bit warmer than previous winters spent here. This means that we have been able to walk around in shorts and a tee-shirt most days we have been here. We’ve also enjoyed warmer water, which means that while wetsuits are required for brave souls venturing into the ocean, gloves and hoods are not. Here are some of the other things that we’ve enjoyed this week in the Outer Banks.
One of the most beautiful, untouched parts of the Outer Banks are at the border of North Carolina and Virginia.
It was 38 degrees out this morning. Mom and Dad are enjoying the Outer Banks right now, wish we were there too…
These are some photos of the Outer Banks of North Carolina from December, 2012. They portray just a small piece of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the east coast of the United States.
Winter can be a difficult time for Northerners. The days grow short. The nights grow long. Frost, and subsequently, snow, appears on your car in the morning.
Winter is also one of my favorite times to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s a little bit warmer than it is up north, and the vibe is perfect for anyone looking to get some peace and quiet. Even during the holiday season, you will rarely find anyone visiting the small towns, and few locals live on Hatteras Island permanently.