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  • 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

  • Swans on Queens Creek

    Reader Barry Fetzer recently captured this image of two swans on Queens Creek near Swansboro in Onslow County. Originally spelled Swannsborough, the town however, took its name in 1783 from Samuel Swann, a resident who served in the North Carolina House of Commons.

  • New Neighbors: American Robins

    An American robin hatchling instinctively responds to sound by opening up as another struggles to emerge from its shell in a nest in a tree on a lawn in Newport. Photo: Mark Hibbs

  • Independence Day on the NC Coast

    A July Fourth fireworks display lights up the boardwalk at Carolina Beach, one of many North Carolina beach communities that celebrated the holiday with fireworks over the water. Photo: Kirk Ross

  • Storm Moves In

    Thunderstorm clouds roll in Sunday over Emerald Isle in Carteret County. Photo: Sam Bland

  • The Buzz on Pollinator Week

    This week, June 18-24, is National Pollinator Week, which recognizes the benefits provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. But many pollinator populations are in decline because of factors including habitat loss, weather extremes, climate change and pesticide misuse. Photo: Mark Hibbs

  • Shelter in the Storm

    Afternoon spring thunderstorms push offshore over Bogue Sound June 3 in Morehead City. Photo: Doug Waters

  • Sunset Over Beaufort’s New Bridge

    Boats and the new bridge connecting the Radio Island causeway and Beaufort are silhouetted by a recent sunset. Beaufort officials marked the final raising of the more than 50-year-old U.S. 70 drawbridge the new span replaces during a ceremony Wednesday. The old Grayden Paul Bridge was closed to traffic May 15. Photo: Carl Lewis

  • Pink Moon Over Oceanana

    A nearly full “pink” moon sets April 28 behind Oceanana Fishing Pier in Atlantic Beach. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, April’s full moon is called a pink moon, a Native American name, because it heralds the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, an early spring flower. The next full moon comes May 29 and is known as the flower moon. Photo: Doug Waters

  • Group Marks Astronomy Day

    The Crystal Coast Stargazers celebrate International Astronomy Day April 21 with a star party at Fort Macon State Park. The astronomy group’s monthly parties, hosted by Park Ranger Paul Terry, are open to the public and well attended. Photo: Doug Waters