For the past five years, my family has spent a week in the Outer Banks. We stay in Avon, which is one of the towns farther down Hatteras Island. It's a gorgeous place, and I look forward to it every year. We used to go to Ocean City, New Jersey, but it's just not the same as when I was growing up. A couple of years we went to Myrtle Beach, which was fun, but Hatteras is much more my speed. It's laid back and quieter, and it now feels like my home away from home.
I was curious to see how everyone down there was faring after Hurricane Irene. Throughout the island's history, it's been hit by big storms and bounced back. It really is a testament to how much people love the place! I heard a few stories of local businesses that suffered because they lacked patrons for a while after the storm. And there was a portion of Highway 12 that had a bridge built over it, because the road got washed out. But other than that, Hatteras is thriving and I am thankful for that.
OBX is always a source of inspiration for me, and each year I grow more and more in my photography. Last year's vacation was really the catalyst for making the decision to pursue photography in the first place. I took so many photographs, and I tried to pare it down for sharing in this blog, but it was so difficult! This first post is from the ride down.
The photo of the brown house with the blue shutters is the Nights in Rodanthe house. It actually was only used for exterior shots. From what I've read, they originally put those blue shutters on only for the film. The house acquired new owners who moved it off the beach so it didn't get swallowed by the sea. They also put the blue shutters back on and redecorated the interior to be similar to that of the movie's.
All shots taken July 6th, 2012.