Thursday, November 18, 2010

SWF...Kill Devil HIlls



These are some shots of the first sunrise outside our hotel at Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Kill Devil Hills is an odd name isn't it? On another post I will show some shots of the Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kill Devil Hills. Can you believe I actually do sightseeing besides birding? For some reason I always thought the first flight took place in Kitty Hawk. We were up every morning around 6:30 to see the sunrise. We had the sunrise and sunset times memorized and tried to be in the right place each time. Our hotel was ocean front so we didn't have far to go to see the sunrise.




After watching the sunrise we would leave to eat breakfast and get an early start sightseeing and birding. The birds I saw on the beach near our hotel were mostly gulls, pelicans would fly by and a few Sanderlings. The Sanderlings are cute little peeps running away quickly from the waves. My hubby loves the rough ocean and the big waves and it can be hard to drag him away. We found some great looking sea shells on the beach and I finally got to see a live starfish. Really cool.

I loved seeing the beautiful rays from the sun rising behind the clouds. Click on the pic's for a larger image.







We were so busy watching the sun rising that I did not notice this fin ( at least it looks like a fin to me) until I looked at this shot below on my computer. I hope this was a dolphin and not a shark. It was close to the shore.  I cropped this shot closer to show the actual dolphin fin and not all the waves.




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29 comments:

  1. Sunlight always does beautiful sketches.

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  2. Hola, beautiful pictures.. a pleasant sunrise.. I love how the sun's rays are reflected in the clouds.
    Saludos..

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  3. What gorgeous captures, Eileen! Oh, I do love those skies and the empty beach! My favorite way to see them. How fantastic to be able to walk there at sunrise -- or any time for that matter. Hope you have a great trip, it does sound like it was! Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  4. These skies are Outstanding. I can understand why it would be hard to walk away from this beach. I love to gather shells and other gifts from the sea. Yet I'm glad you didn't wander into the water with that fin about. Excellent captures.

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  5. Simply love the first shot - that's really a beautiful sky!

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  6. Truly gorgeous sunrise shots! And, you probably wouldn't have seen that cool mysterious fin if you weren't out there skywatching. :)

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  7. These are beautiful shots, Eileen! I wish I'd taken them!

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  8. Stunning photos dear Eileen! Sunlight passing through the clouds is very beautiful and even divine!

    Have a delightful weekend,

    Ciao! :)

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  9. So clean and pure, these scenes.
    Wonderful patterns in the sky and the sprigs in the foreground add to it all. I bet you were pleased when you saw these images come out of your camera.

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  10. Yay look like heaven is opened. Great shot!

    Fiery sky

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous sky! Great catch of the dolphin, too!

    Happy SWF

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  12. You got some terrific shots Elaine. I haven't been there in a few years since I've been going to other NC beaches lately but always enjoy it when I go.

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  13. Wow, amazing sky. Love all your photos and my favourite is the first shot. And yeah, it does look like a dolphin fin. Great photos.

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  14. Talk about "breathtaking" you've certainly done that with these magnificent shots. WOW!

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  15. truly gorgeous captures. thank you for waking up early to catch the sunrise.

    Ewok

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  16. Spectacular captures.
    It must have thrilled you to see a dolphin so close by.

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  17. The whole Outer Banks area is a miracle! We just loved it. Your pictures are fabulous. I'm pretty sure that's a dolphin in that last picture.

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  18. Some amazing sunrise shots, Eileen. I can't decide which one I like best, so I'll have to go with the dolphin so I don't have to make up my mind.
    Sanderlings really are cute, aren't they? Such fun.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  19. WOW! Beautiful shots Eileen, love the first shot, its amazing

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  20. Amazing captures :)
    The rays from the sun are awesome!

    I guess it's a dolphin, Eileen...

    http://www.womenandperspectives.com/2010/11/sky-watch-pale-sun.html

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  21. your shots are stunningly beautiful. Happy skywatching.

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  22. Absolutely beautiful shots of the sunrise. I love to walk the beach looking for shells. Sounds like you found a great way to spend the day.

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  23. Beautiful views of sunrise. The rays emerging from the cloud look great.

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  24. I agree with you, this is a stunning sunrise. :)

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  25. Our neighbors are going to retire to the outer banks area. Nice captures of OBX. We do live in an area that has lots of variety when we live in Maryland or Virginia.

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  26. I really love when you can see the sunbeams ....and there they are ! Beautiful !

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  27. What a glorious way to start the day! And that little fin, how tantalizing!

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  28. Wonderful skies! The top shot reminds me of the photo I posted yesterday on the Oeiras blog. :-)

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