Lighthhouses of the Outerbanks – Please be gentle Hurricane Irene

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mshetzer
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Lighthhouses of the Outerbanks – Please be gentle Hurricane Irene
Aug 27, 2011

As hurricane Irene pounds North Carolina and the Outerbanks, I just hope all of the historic lighthouses come out undamaged. I was able to spend some time this Spring photographing these beautiful structures that have been standing for well over a century. I’ve put a little information next to each image about the structure. I just really hope I will have another chance to photograph these again.

All shots Nikon d300, 17-55 f2.8 or Tokina 12-25

Hope you enjoy the beauty of lighthouses and their significance to our history.
Matt

Cape Hatterouse Light through the Trees - The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is one of the most recognizable lighthouses on the US coast today. With its stripes of black and white, the lighthouse in its new location on Hatteras Island welcomes visitors to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Cape Hatterouse Light at Sunset

The tallest lighthouse in America, Cape Hatteras Light enjoys is new safer location. Moved in 1999, this lighthouse was in danger of being lost to the sea due to erosion on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Oracoke Light

Seafarers around the island of Ocracoke in the outer banks of North Carolina have been long protected by this simple yet beautiful lighthouse. A short ferry ride from the Hatteras islands, Ocracoke is a very small, quaint harbor village.

Lighthouse of Orcacoke Island

Built in 1823, the Ocracoke lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina. It stands 76 feet tall to protect the boats sailing around the Hatteras islands.

Currituck Beach Light

It is easy to see why the Currituck Beach Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The beautiful brick structure in its park like setting in the Outer Banks of North Carolina was constructed in 1875 and is still guiding sailors today.

Lighthouse of Currituck Beach

At 158 feet, the Currituck Beach Light is easily recognizable brick structure in the town of Corolla, North Carolina. Constructed with over a million bricks, the lighthouse has a base wall thickness of over 5 feet.

Bodie Lighthouse

Bodie Island Light on the Roanoke Sound guides boats around the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, this lighthouse and its keepers house are a great stop while exploring the islands.

Bodie Light and the Keepers House.

At 158 feet, the Currituck Beach Light is easily recognizable brick structure in the town of Corolla, North Carolina. Constructed with over a million bricks, the lighthouse has a base wall thickness of over 5 feet.

Bodie Lighthouse and the Keepers House

Located just south of Nags Head on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Bodie Lighthouse is a beautiful lighthouse whose light was able to be seen for 18 nautical miles. The keepers house now is a museum with some interesting maritime facts.

Full lighthouse gallery at:

http://www.shetzers.com/Portfolio/Lighthouses-of-the-Northeast/17387400_jbSHcS#1346521246_Wc75W59

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Re: Lighthhouses of the Outerbanks – Please be gentle Hurricane Irene
In reply to mshetzer, Aug 27, 2011

These are great shots. I like them.
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Thanks. I just hope they are all still standing !!
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In reply to mshetzer, Aug 27, 2011

Nice shots, if these lighthouses have been standing for a couple hundred years, and still here, this little "breeze" won't affect them, over the years lighthouses have stood on the eastern seaboard and withstood all kinds of weather this "puff" of a hurricane shood not even flake any paint off the sides, now a hurricane like Katrina, might have some chance but those lighthouses have withstood everything mother nature has thrown at them for two maybe three hundred years, rest easy.
Great photos and thanks for sharing.

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In reply to mshetzer, Aug 27, 2011

Very nice shots, especially the one with the white fence! I appreciate the time & effort you give to create this series.

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Re: Lighthhouses of the Outerbanks – Please be gentle Hurricane Irene
In reply to mshetzer, Aug 27, 2011

Nice series - my family has had a place at Nags Head for about 60 years now, so I've been to all of those multiple times. I'm about due for another circuit through there - maybe I can get down in October if Irene doesn't destroy everything. So far, it looks like the damage may be less than predicted.

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In reply to Ray Ritchie, Aug 27, 2011

Very nice. Makes me wish DLSR's had been available back when I was looking at these wonderful structures from a few miles offshore.

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In reply to rubicon, Aug 27, 2011

Great to know. I'm hoping for the best. There have been just great restoration project on these, you'd hate for anything to damage all that hard work.
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In reply to mshetzer, Aug 27, 2011

nice series...I like #4
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In reply to mshetzer, Aug 27, 2011

Very nice, Matt. At first I like number 4 the best because of the composition, but then started liking the head on view of Bodie. Now all of them.

You might also try some inside shots and some fun compositions. Lighthouses can be so much fun. Gotta love them. Thank you for sharing our heritage.

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In reply to Guidenet, Aug 28, 2011

Craig,

Great interior of the lighthouse. I really like the lighting !! Thanks for sharing.
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In reply to mshetzer, Aug 28, 2011

Those are really nice lighthouse images you have posted. I spent part of this last summer searching out the remaining structures on the Pacific Coast. Attached is the Cabrillo Point light house.

The search has been a lot of fun. Many include a half mile or so walk in and the access roads can be quite challenging. The travel to new places and the chance to see different lighthouse architecture is worth the time and effort.

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