Monday, July 8, 2013

Shackleford Banks

Back on June 5, we visited Shackleford Banks. Here's a gallery of photos from that visit:

Shackleford Banks 06.05.2013

Shackleford is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. It is most famous for its herd of wild horses, which you can read about here:

Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks

and here, at the National Parks Service site:

Horses of Shackleford Banks

We got some good shots of a couple of tankers, one going out from the Port of Morehead City; the other coming in, and the pilot boat that was taking the harbor pilot to the incoming ship.

Leece found a whole sand dollar in the suds, which is unusual. Sand dollars are fragile, and break easily, and are  usually broken up even by relatively gentle surf action.

We trekked inland toward the maritime forest, hoping to get some shots of the horses. Sometimes they can be elusive; sometimes they are wandering all over the place. This day, as soon as we crested the outer dunes on the ocean side, we saw several grazing. You can see our photos of them in the gallery linked above.