Vernal Pools at Jockey’s Ridge

From the road, Jockey’s Ridge is a huge sand dune, its peaks on a bright day almost painful to look at in their reflected light. From a distance there is no evidence of life, the glistening sandy slopes give the impression of a sterile desert. But the environment is not …

Wild Animals on the Outer Banks

Foxes and Otters and Deer, Oh My! In the movie the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow are walking through the forest chanting, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” That doesn’t quite fit the Outer Banks—there are no lions or tigers here, and the nearest bears …

Shelly Island

Photos courtesy of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Life on a sandbar can be pretty interesting at times. And that’s what the Outer Banks essentially are—giant sandbars. There isn’t anything that really anchors them in place. Humans have done a remarkable good job of stabilizing them, but it’s still a …

By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

Ah! What pleasant visions haunt me As I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends, All my dreams, come back to me. -The Secret of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There is something extraordinary that occurs as we stand at the edge of a continent and contemplate …

10 Awesome Surfboard Artists That’ll Get You Super Stoked for Surf Season!

We love surfing and felt the need to highlight some of the amazing talent from around the world in surfboard art. Here are ten of our favorite artists with examples of their work. Click the image to enlarge. Fieldey Fieldey, or as her mom calls her, Haylee Fieldes, started out …

Monkey Island Outer Banks

The view from the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is extraordinary. To the east the Atlantic Ocean crashes into Corolla beach in channels of white-crested waves; to the south on the clearest days, the water tower in Duck, 13 miles south, is barely visible. Looking west, the Currituck Sound …

Sea Turtles on the Outer Banks

Soft sand and vast uncrowded beaches are just two reasons thousands of visitors pack their cars, load up their families and head to the Outer Banks.  But, it is not just people who look to the Outer Banks as the perfect summertime haven. From mid-May to mid-September sea turtles emerge …