Some time ago I completed a photography tour at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a string of narrow islands off the east coast of the US. Tourism numbers for the Outer Banks peak in the summer months, however when I visited in October it was an entirely different story—it showed a wildly popular American beach destination as a virtual ghost-town. Right away I was struck by the sheer quantity (thousands) of beach cottages throughout the coastal towns of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk and Duck. The empty seaside and weathered beach charm made for an intriguing photography subject, while cloudy skies helped bring an element of mystery.
Here are my ‘postcards’ attempting to capture some of wonderful charm of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Please enjoy.
Sea temperatures here in late October are too cold for my liking (68 degrees or so) but fine enough to walk on the beach and get your feet wet. Surprising to me though, the cold water doesn’t seem to dissuade playful kids or the local surfers.
Another drawback of being here in October is that most restaurants are closed. Because I had an excellent local guide, we enjoyed the best food options possible including Duck’s famous chocolate donuts served hot, fruity acai bowls, and a breakfast spot with homemade biscuits to die for. The temperatures were very moderate throughout the trip and honestly it was great to have a mix of sunshine and overnight rain showers that brought in dramatic clouds.
In summary, skip the crowds, the traffic and the lines and visit Outer Banks in the autumn. For more information please visit www.outerbanks.org.
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