Outer Banks, NC (09/2022)


At the end of September, I went to the Outer Banks, a string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. This region has the darker skies in North Carolina. It makes it a popular location to capture Milky Way images. It was the purpose of this trip.

The Bodie Island lighthouse is a very popular location on the Outer Banks (OBX). It also provide a great foreground element to incorporate in an image of the night sky. The lighthouse was our first stop to scout for night pictures using the Photopills application. I took this image during daytime. The clouds were of some interest.

After planning our shots for the evening  at the Bodie lighthouse, we headed south to Buxton. What is remaining from the groins at the old location of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse makes for interesting subjects for long exposure photography. After been there several times over the years, the ocean is slowly reclaiming these structures and it will be a time where nothing will be left.

For sunset, we headed back to Bodie  Lighthouse. With hurricane Ian approaching the US east coast, we had a high cloud coverage. This turned out to be great for sunset but unfortunately not for the Milky Way images that were planned.

The next morning, for sunrise, the sky was cloudy and did not provide the amazing colors we had last evening. This image was captured at the Outer Banks Fishing Pier, Nags Head.

Since the weather forecast was better in the northern part of the OBX, I headed to Corolla. The historic Currituck Lighthouse has stood firm there for 150 years. Close-by is the maritime museum that showcase several restored boats that defined Currituck maritime history.


Heading back to Nags Head for the night, we stopped at Duck for an amazing sunset.

The next morning, hurricane Ian was already moving in. It was cloudy with mid=30's mile an hour winds that made for dramatic skies. We then went back to Bodie Lighthouse that is not directly on the beach hoping it could be less windy. I took a panorama shot from the observation platform. On our way out, the lighthouse was open for climbing and I was able to capture an image from the staircase inside.

The next morning, hurricane Ian was already moving in. It was cloudy with mid=30's mile an hour winds that made for dramatic skies. We then went back to Bodie Lighthouse that is not directly on the beach hoping it could be less windy. I took a panorama shot from the observation platform. On our way out, the lighthouse was open for climbing and I was able to capture an image from the staircase inside.

Finally, before heading back home, we stopped at Manteo. This bench offer a nice view on the river lighthouse and the incoming storm.

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