Harkers Island

We were fortunate to enjoy a little fall color in the way of sunrises & sunsets~ courtesy of Mother Nature and her paint brush at The Outer Banks with friends last weekend.

We took a 7 am ferry over to Cape Lookout for a day of fishing and to see the lighthouse and were treated to a glorious sunrise over the water.

It was my first time to visit Cape Lookout.

I got a kick out of the fishing vehicles that are ferried over for fishing & camping~

All rigged and outfitted with no little amount of effort or ingenuity :)

Cape Lookout Lighthouse is painted with directional diamonds~ white diamonds facing east & west, and black diamonds, north & south.

It is the only major lighthouse that operates during the day~ its rotating 1,000-watt beacon flashing every 15 seconds 24 hours a day.

We also took a short ferry to Shackleford Banks for a morning of fishing, shelling and hopes of seeing the Banker ponies.

We got a brief glimpse of a group of ponies clustered together on the ride over. Only one ventured toward the beach for me to zoom in on to photograph~ and I was careful not to tease or intentionally disturb :)

Our newly adopted weekend-beach dog and excellent back seat riding companion~

If anyone knows of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in need of a good home, Chloe & Gracie are looking for a sister :)

I much prefer fishing over catching and I caught plenty of photos and lots of R&R on this trip :)

Wishing you beautiful fall color

wherever you can find it!

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  30 comments for “Harkers Island

  1. September 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Mary, you have just made my day with these images. The sunrise over the Atlantic from the Outer Banks is amazing. I want to return!

    Gorgeous photos as always!

  2. September 29, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Hi Mary, As we are still waiting for the leaves to turn here your idea of finding color in the sky is one we can use, too. Your photos are so beautiful! We vacationed for many years on the Outer Banks, and the horses would come right up to the houses and walk on the roads. We always took care to stay away as they can be dangerous, but sometimes they would stand under the house (which was on stilts, as the beach houses are along that shore), and if you were not expecting to see them it was terrifying when you came down the stairs into the car area! More than once I was caught off guard. As beautiful as the horses are, it was hard to get used to them being so close, as they are still wild animals! It is nice that they are protected. I am wondering what you were fishing for–bluefish? Have a nice weekend and thanks for the tour. Linda

    • September 29, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Linda~ We were fishing for drum or bluefish~ really anything that would bite. It’s about a month early for drum and I was fishing for shells :) My husband brought back LOTS of large conch shells from his trip in the spring, you can see here

  3. September 29, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Gorgeous post, Mary! I love lighthouses. So much to see and do while putting the feet up for some R & R! :D :D

  4. Penny C. aquila
    September 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    So glad that I found your sight. you have a wonderful eye ….shots are terrific !

  5. September 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Oh Mary, what an absolutely glorious post! Your sunrise/sunset photos are stunning. Cape Lookout is such an amazing place. The ferry ride over to start and lighthouse would be wonderful to see. Wild horses, really! That alone would get me there to spend the day……… Your photos made great mosaics……..I’m loving this post to start my day. Happy Saturday Mary.

  6. September 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Such breathtaking scenery, your photographs as always are stunning. You’re making me look forward to our trip to SC next month even more.

  7. September 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Your photos are simply stunning, Mary. I haven’t been to the outer banks in almost twenty years! What a sweet little wheaten terrier. My naughty terrier is on a diet, but she keeps going next door begging for snacks! :/

    Your mosaics are so pretty!!! :D

    Thanks for sharing them with us.


  8. Pondside
    September 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

    What beautiful views! I loved the harlequin lighthouse and the setting sun – such a gorgeous part of the world.

  9. Anne
    September 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Mary, Thanks for taking me on the only vacation I will take this year. Loved all of your pictures. Made me feel just like I had been there.

  10. September 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

    What wonderful scenery! You did a great job on the photos too. I would love to peek inside one of the fishing vans!

  11. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Looks like you had an amazing day! I didn’t know that about the diamonds on the lighthouse, very interesting and good to know! Have a great weekend Mary:@)

  12. Linda Kemp
    September 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Love, love the Outer Banks. We’ve been going there since 1972. My husband loves fishing particularly in Okracoke and Hatteras. These pictures were great!

  13. September 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    so beautiful! i’ve never taken the ferry over to the islands. after seeing these photos it is now on my must do list!

  14. September 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Mary, I’ve never visited the Outer Banks, but have now added it to my list. What awesome sunrises and sunsets. You take the most amazing photos!
    Oh, wouldn’t it be fun to adopt a Wheaton Terrier. One of my students recently added a Wheaton to their family. ;-)
    Sadie seems to be content to be an only “child” here. She is pretty spoiled these days……….Sarah

  15. September 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    These are beautiful pictures, Mary. The sunrise clors are magnificent. So glad you had a good trip and got som R andR. XO, pinky

  16. Rachel
    September 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm
  17. September 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Mary, I haven’t been to the Outer Banks in about 20 years-long overdue for another trip. Your images are astounding! Not much fall color here yet!

  18. September 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Such exquisite photos!

    – The Tablescaper

  19. September 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Stunning photos Mary….went to OBX a couple of months ago….such beauty all around….We plan on going back to see more towns and lighthouses…only saw Currituck ….My friend just got a new Wheaten puppy…So cute…

  20. October 1, 2012 at 12:07 am

    The sky at the Outer Banks looks as pretty as the turning leaves here! I hope to get there one day! Beautiful beachy images… makes me wish that summer had one more weekend left!

  21. October 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    What gorgeous images…love the Outer Banks!

  22. October 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Gorgeous! We took a camping trip to the Outer Banks back in the mid 70’s – my parents, my sister and her family and I and 2 of my kids…I had photos of the ponies, lighthouse, some at Kitty Hawk….I will never forget it. On the last day we went to see The Lost Colony outdoor play in Manteo…I will never forget that trip!…Thanks for the memories!

  23. October 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    GORGEOUS photos! What a treat to see some of the East Coast, as I am on the West Coast, NW that is! Your photographs are awesome. I loved the fishing “vehicles” and your comment that you prefer “fishing to catching” :) Happy Fall!

  24. October 3, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Your sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous! And I always love a lighthouse photo. I would love to visit there someday.
    Visiting from Outdoor Wednesday.

  25. Vee
    October 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Just amazing photos and mosaics. What a lot of luscious color, though the striations of color in that first photo has me mesmerized. Gorgeous!

  26. October 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Your pictures are just amazing! I love lighthouses, but I don’t find many in the midwest. I’m so glad you didn’t tease the pony. :-)

  27. October 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Such beautiful pictures…especially those sunrises and sunsets. Nature in all her glory…

  28. October 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Such lovely photos. I like the sunrise/sunset photos very much.
    And I just love your photos of the lighthouse. Marvellous! Have a nice week.

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