Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Inspiring Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, NC - Day 1

Photography


Banks of the Scuppernong River. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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In my recent article, “7 Creative Activities that Anyone Can Do,” (link below) I listed photography as such a pursuit; a hobby that is not only fairly cost effective, creative and artistic, but also encourages you to travel, get away from your day-to-day routine and to appreciate the wonder of creation and the beauty of the natural world around you! 

7 Creative Activities Article Link

Most people already own an Android or iphone, which are capable of taking high-quality photographs. In addition, photo editing software like iphoto, standard on most Macs, Photoshop, and social media sites like Instagram have powerful editing tools that easily enable you to adjust the contrast, brightness, color hue of an image to improve the look of your photos even more, just like the professionals do!

I personally have been enjoying using Instagram this past few weeks (I also share these photos to my Facebook Page) as it allows me to upload an image, select from a range of filters that greatly improve and enhance some of my shots, and share it with the world in a few seconds! If you would like to see more of my photographic work, check out my Instagram here, please follow for daily new photos:



About Our Trip – Cape Hatteras Motel!

This past weekend my wife took a short vacation (4 days), leaving our home here in Raleigh, North Carolina and traveled to Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks. If you look at a map, you can see that Cape Hatteras is a large island, part of the island chain that comprise the Outer Banks and located about 30 miles out to sea, jutting eastward. We stayed in the town of Buxton, NC, at the amazing Cape Hatteras Motel.



While the motel itself was standard as far as accommodations go, the location of the Motel really provides the wow factor. The motel literally sits on the beach with the waves crashing 10 to 15ft from the base of the wooden pillars. A large balcony runs across the front of the rooms, we stayed on the third floor, and received a panoramic view of the ocean every day through the triple windows in the living room and our large sliding glass door in the master bedroom. I should mention that my wife and I were able to stay in a suite, which was fun! It was gorgeous staying right on the beach, especially seeing the sunrise from our motel—you didn’t even have to get out of bed! (…well I did, because I wanted to take these photos to share with you all!).

I ended up taking over 600 photos during the course of our 4-day trip and will be sharing the best of the best in four subsequent blog posts. Here is Day One of our vacation/adventure to the stunning Outer Banks of North Carolina!  

Traveling to the Outer Banks

On the way, we stopped at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Colombia, NC. We were able to walk along a boardwalk that bordered the Scuppernong River, and went into its surrounding marshlands. Here are some photos of that stop:



Boardwalk into the Marsh. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Lone Tree. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Billowing Clouds. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Wooden Path Through the Marsh.  Photo by Charles Wolf.
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Another View of the Scuppernong River. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Marsh. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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The Journey Continues:


Crossing Alligator River, NC. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Panoramic View of the Docks on Shallowbag Bay, Roanoke Island, NC. 
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Crab Legs for Lunch! Roanoke Island, NC. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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We Arrive at Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks (OBX), NC!


We Arrive at Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks (OBX), NC. Atlantic Ocean Waves. 
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Seagull on the Beach. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Waves Crashing on the Steps. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Lovely Afternoon Stroll on the Beach! Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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 The Cape Hatteras Motel in the Evening Light. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Our room is visible in the photo above, closest one on the third floor. 
What an incredible ocean view each morning and throughout the day!  


Waves in Evening Light. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Sinking Sun. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Looking North up the Outer Banks from the Motel. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Pebbles in the Sand. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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 Grassy Dunes in Fading Light. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Path to the Beach -  Sunset over the Pamilco Sound. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Grassy Dunes by the Sound. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Birds Fly Across the Setting Sun. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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At the Horizon. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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Last Light. Photo by Charles Wolf. 
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The End of Day 1

Well, that’s only Day 1 of our vacation to Cape Hatteras! I will be back on Thursday with Day 2 photos! Thank you so much for viewing my photographic work, and I hope that you are inspired to go out and take nature photos like these near where you live today! There is so much beauty in the world; we just have to take some time to appreciate it! As always, have a fantastic artistic and creative day!


—Charles  

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