Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thematic Photographic 88: "What I Did On My Vacation" v.3.0 - Dolphin's Playground

"Rock Festival"
Atlantic Beach, NC - July, 2008 (Click to embiggen)

Thematic Photographic hosted by Carmi - Button Image by Smarmoofus Hosted by Written Inc.

A good stretch north of Topsail Island you'll find Ft. Macon on the northern tip of Emerald Isle. The fort itself has been here since the antebellum period and remained an active military installation through the end of the Second World War. Today the swords are beat into plowshares and the former shore battery is now a state park. This system of jetties, that I'm guessing were constructed to keep the adjoining Beaufort Inlet open, provides all manner of photogrpahic opportunity. The jetties were -- if memory serves -- designed by Robert E. Lee (an engineer by training) during his tour at Ft. Macon as a young officer. Lee is also reputed to be responsible for the convection-driven "air conditioning" throughout the main body of the fort. Today, if you're very lucky and have a sharp eye open, you can sometimes see dolphins frolicking in the waters of the inlet, which is just off the left side of htis frame. I've seen them playing there, but never been quick enough to capture them in photographs.
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Mama Zen said...

The colors are gorgeous.

SandyCarlson said...

Another piece of heaven.