The Outer Banks is a great place to create new memories and family traditions; often those moments are captured in photos. We reached out to Outer Banks fans through a couple of group pages on Facebook (Outer Banks of North Carolina and OBX, NC) to request images that capture the essence of this barrier island – from family snapshots to fishing photos to wildlife encounters - and boy did we get some great submissions! We’ll share batches of them over the next couple of pages and in future Coasts, as space permits.
Morgan Dolly, a high school band director from Braxton County, West Virginia, captured a stunning image of Fourth of July fireworks and a full moon taken while visiting Kill Devil Hills this year.
Jane Kelly submitted a photo of her son, Clay Bowen, a member of the high school Class of 2020 from Charlottesville, Virginia, while paddleboarding with a beautiful Frisco sunset as his backdrop. The family visited in early July and stayed in the same home they’ve rented for the last nine years, she said.
Ted Wampole sent in a serene image taken in November 2018 behind the Duck chapel, looking over the sound. He and his family visit twice a year now, he said.
Sahara dust sunrise
Sonja Lowe took this photo at sunrise in late June on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge as a Saharan dust storm was moving through the Outer Banks.
Katie Mosher from Syracuse, New York, visited Duck in early July with her family. The snapped a family photo on the Duck Boardwalk, Picture from right: Katie Mosher; Don Martin; Pat Martin; Lucy Mosher; Henry Mosher; Ella Martin; Jeff Martin and Terry Mosher.
Bodie Island stroll
Sarah Hancock from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sent a photo of her daughter, 6-year-old Caroline Hancock, at the Bodie Island Lighthouse just south of Whalebone Junction. It was their first time on the Outer Banks and it was a great vacation spot during a pandemic, she said.
Susan Hodgson and her family took pet mallard duck Willard on vacation with them. He visited the Avon Pier, pictured her in the background, and even went to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. He enjoyed the water and swimming with her three children, Hodgson said.