There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter. . . can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout
December 5 at Nags Head, North Carolina
This is said to be one of the most photographed locations in North Carolina. Postcards of the scene, which were distributed at the 1939 World’s Fair, identified it as a lighthouse. Its paint design is identical to that of the Bodie Island lighthouse, located about 70 miles away. It was, however, actually a smokestack, built for the pumping station behind it. The building has a historic designation as having been the largest pumping station in the world, and the project for which it was built was also the world’s largest then. The story of the huge pumping project is intriguing; here is a link to more information about it.
At one time, the pumping station was converted to a lodge, but was later declared unsafe for that purpose. There have been efforts (now on hold) to restore it as a hotel.
The area is part of the Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.
BroJoe is fascinated by Utah. He’s been several times now and has posted some lovely photos of the area on Facebook. In fact, that is how I found out he was IN Utah this time. It’s easy to see why the area is called The Red Desert.
He seems especially captivated by the petroglyphs and pictographs found all around the Moab area and has sent me a number of photographs of the centuries-old drawings. As he is a man of few words, I am thrilled to hear from him, even via prehistoric rock art.
I have studied the images carefully and the message I am receiving is, “Look, Sis! No squirrels!”
Sea turtles often lay their eggs along the beach areas of The Outer Banks. The (five) species have become endangered, mostly because of human activity. Consequently, several groups and organizations have stepped up efforts to take care of injured or sick sea turtles and to locate, protect, and monitor the fragile nest sites.