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  • Touch Tank Committee Meeting

    Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, reaches toward a small ray swimming in the touch tank at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Tuesday during a tour of the facility for legislators and staff in town for a meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources. Photo: Mark Hibbs

  • Puffer Prize

    Sam Bland captured in Emerald Isle this photo of a gull with a puffer fish trapped in its beak.

  • Winter Home for Snow Geese

    Snow geese take flight over the Pungo Unit of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina. Photo: Sam Bland

  • A View From Above: Icy Albemarle Sound

    The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, on NASA’s Earth Observing System satellite Terra captured this image Jan. 7, that shows ice in the Albemarle Sound after a powerful nor’easter dumped snow across the East Coast and another blast of bitterly cold air drove frigid temperatures lower still.

  • White Cliffs of Bogue Banks

    Our Sam Bland captured Thursday this image of snow-capped dunes at the Point in Emerald Isle, the westernmost tip of Bogue Banks.

  • Lady’s Day Among Zinnias

    Doug Waters of Morehead City captured this image of a female monarch on Oct. 2 in the zinnia field in Cape Carteret.

  • Sunset Flight

    Carl Lewis of Rocky Mount recently shared this image he captured of pelicans at sunset.

  • A Coastal View of the Eclipse

    Our Sam Bland captured this image of the solar eclipse near its peak Monday at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s headquarters near Newport.

  • Emerald Isle Sunset

    Carl Lewis of Rocky Mount captured Wednesday evening the sunset in Emerald Isle. Photo: Carl Lewis