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  • Southern Outer Banks Inspire Students

    This painting by a Swansboro High School student joins 60 other impressions of the Southern Outer Banks in a student art exhibit to be on display at Cape Lookout National Seashore’s two visitor centers through the summer.
    Themed “Connect with the Rhythms of Nature on the Southern Outer Banks,” the art exhibition will be on display at the Harkers Island Visitor Center March 9-Sept. 9 and the Beaufort Visitor Information Center starting March 25, when the park information center reopens for the season.

  • Sunset Scene at The Point

    The sunset casts a golden glow over the beach earlier this week at the Point, the westernmost tip of Emerald Isle on Bogue Banks in Carteret County. Photo: Sam Bland

  • Marine Debris Cleanup Underway

    This pile of marine debris has been collected since Monday from the uninhabited islands around Swansboro by a crew of commercial fishermen, boat captains and marine contractors and is being stored at Casper’s Marina in downtown Swansboro. The 2019 Post Hurricane Florence Marine Debris Collection Project, coordinated by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, is expected to continue for about a year. Photo: Jennifer Allen

  • Winter Sunset

    The sun begins to set behind the Atlantic Beach high-rise bridge in this photo by Jennifer Allen on Wednesday, an unseasonably warm February evening.

  • Sunrise Over Swansboro

    The folks at Hammocks Beach State Park shared Tuesday this photo of the sun rising over the park in Swansboro. Rangers are offering a chance to see the park after the sun sets with two special programs.

  • Portuguese Men-of-War

    The Emerald Isle Police Department warns beachgoers in a Facebook post Jan. 9 to keep an eye out for the potentially harmful Portuguese men-of-war being spotted along the beach in this Bogue Banks town.

  • Sunset Trawler

    A shrimp boat is silhouetted as the sun sets in Emerald Isle recently in this photo by Doug Waters.

  • Monarch Migration

    Miriam Sutton of Beaufort captured this image of a monarch butterfly in November while out on a stroll around historic Carteret County town during the annual migration season.

  • Training Mine Removed From Beach

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials say a training mine containing no ordnance was discovered Nov. 25 on the beach south of Salvo. National Park Service Rangers anchored it in place until a Navy explosive ordnance disposal team from Norfolk, Virginia removed it. Photo: National Park Service

  • Bogue Sunset

    A gliding shorebird is cast in silhouette as the sun sets over Bogue Inlet and Bear Island. Photo: Sam Bland

  • Hunkered Down

    Mature and immature blue herons hunker down during the deluge of Hurricane Florence. Photo: Sam Bland

  • Michael’s Surge Floods Manteo

    Businesses and streets in downtown Manteo are inundated Thursday night by storm surge associated with Tropical Storm Michael, which receded fairly quickly after catching many off guard. Photo: Cory Hemilright