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  • 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

  • New EMC Members Sworn In

    Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, far right, administers the oath of office recently to newly appointed members of the state Environmental Management Commission, from left, Stan Meiburg, Richard Whisnant, Mitch Gillespie, Marion Deerhake and Steve Keen. Photo: Contributed

  • Storms Spawn Twisters

    Severe weather produced water spouts and a tornado Monday morning on the Outer Banks, as shown in this photo made near Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. Photo: Jennifer Miller

  • ‘Sunset Paddle’

    A young man maneuvers his stand-up paddle board in the waters of Pamlico Sound at Ocracoke Island. Photo: Dave DeWitt

  • ‘The Flower Moon’

    The May full moon, called the Flower Moon, rises over the Bogue Inlet pier on Emerald Isle. Photo: Sam Bland

  • ‘Awash In Color’

    The late-afternoon sunlight casts rich hues over the dunes at Bogue Inlet in Emerald Isle. Photo: Sam Bland

  • ‘Swan Song’

    Thousands of wintering tundra swans take to Pungo Lake in the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, as seen from the perspective of the easternmost observation platform. Photo: Doug Waters

  • ‘Not So Summer Hummer’

    Doug Waters of Morehead City recently captured this image of a hummingbird. Waters noted that hummingbirds remain in the coastal area despite the chill, so don’t put away the feeders just yet.