Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sky Watch Friday #6: Beaufort Waterfront at Sunset

"Beaufort Waterfront at Sunset"
Beaufort, NC - October 2008 (Click to embiggen)

Sky Watch Friday

One of my favorite places to be any time of the year is on the waterfront in Beaufort. I try to ignore the fact that the boats moored here cost more than a nice 4 bedroom house in Raleigh. Beaufort has been an active harbor since the Colonial period, and the town is the third oldest in the state. The oldest part of town fronts the water here with Carrot Island (visible in the background) providing a natural shelter from heavy weather in the Atlantic.
The town's founders laid out the streets in this part of town in a way that would channel the prevailing onshore breeze to the part s of town further inland. (Which, if you've ever experienced an Eastern NC summer I'm sure the locals appreciated.)
Unlike the sleek modern boats tied up along the piers, the houses in the Historic District are subject to very strict architectural guidelines. Any house that is built or refitted in this part of town must retain or replicate the architecture of the period. In other words, it doesn't have to be old, but it must at least look old. Businesses apparently have a more relaxed set of standards, probably owing to public health and safety codes.
With the orientation of the beaches in this area being east-to-west, the sun is always over the water giving residents and visitors spectacular views at both sunrise and sunset. This shot was taken probably less than 15 minutes before sundown, and you can see how it has painted the white hulls with a golden overtone. No photograph can ever do it justice though. You really have to see it in person to fully appreciate it.
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Migs CFL fan said...

Great shot, Sky shots with a touch of water are always a sight for sore eyes. Thanks for sharing!

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Darla said...

Very nice, what a beautiful blue sky.

bobbie said...

I love the water, reflecting the boats, and the lovely sky above it.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wonderful shot of both sky and water... and boats too. And thanks for the information on the area. :-)

Pea in a Pod said...

Perfect blue skies! WOW!
Mine is, HERE.

Daryl said...

so bright for sunset

pretty boats


Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sounds like the perfect place to have a boat. Wow! To see both the sunrise and sunset?

Amazing the rules homeowners near the shore must follow. I guess people know that BEFORE they buy, though.

Happy Sky Watch!

Photo Cache said...

Great place to enjoy the beautiful blue sky and the great weather.

Live said...

Sky and water are great companions. Beautiful. (

Carletta said...

Lovely image! I have enjoyed all your beach shots this week.
My son lives in historic Leesburg, VA in a new house but built to match the surrounding historic news. I really like the idea. It certainly helps preserve a little bit of history.

babooshka said...

It does look like a beautiful place,but I am biased to water ways anyway. You can't beat them.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

And now I know this is NC and not SC! lol!

Stunning shot. I love being near the water at sunset...and sunrise :)

Happy Sky Watch Friday!
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Jim said...

Hey Mojo, this looks like a nice place to visit. No, I couldn't buy into it at those prices.
Happy SkyWatch, I'm doing it again this week (Little Photo Place)

Bradley Myers said...

Makes me want to go fishing, nice sky watch.

Grammy said...

Great photo & amazing colors
Happy SWF!

Anonymous said...

The one thing I seriously miss, being off the island, is our boat.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Very nice picture and info about living in the area.