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  • 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

  • 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