Shrimp Boats, Rock Jetty and Sunset

An Evening Visit

A few evenings ago I visited Fort Macon State Park. Most of the year the park closes before sunset. But currently there is a short window of opportunity to get some photo from that beach at sundown. I went with the idea of a nice shot of the rock jetty with the sea and setting sun in the background. I was blessed with a number of shrimp boats heading home from a day of fishing. Below are a few of the resulting images.

The Photos

A shrimp boat heads in through the Beaufort Inlet after a day of fishing. The sun sets in the background while the rock jetty at Fort Macon provides a leading line moving the eyes to the little trawler. Bird fly frantically around the vessel, looking for scraps to feed on. It is a coastal scene that has played out for generations of commercial fishermen.
The setting sun casts its golden light on the Crystal Coast. Fort Macon State Park’s hours rarely allow for taking photos of the sunset in the park. This time of year, however, the gate closes arfter the sun sets. This is the rock jetty along the beach and adjacent to Beaufort Inlet. This structure is a popular location for local fishermen. This evening, however, there were none.
A shrimp boat enters Beaufort Inlet after a day at sea. Sea gulls flock behind looking for scraps to eat. The setting sun creates a golden sky. Another hard days work has been completed by these uncelebrated watermen. This scene was capture while standing next to te rock jetty at Fort Macon State Park. The Beaufor inlet passes between the barrier island of Shackleford and Bogue banks. This deep water passage provides access to various ports located along the Crystal Coast. This eastern North Carolina area has a long commercial fishing tradition.
The autumn sun drops below the horizon. Rays of golden light reach up into the orange glowing sky. It is late November at sunset along the beach at Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. It is a beautiful and tranquil scene to behold.
The shrimp boat “Blackbeard” enters Beaufort Inlet after a day of fishing. Commercial fishing was once the primary industry for residents of the Crystal Coast. More recently tourism and the service industries are likely bigger. Still, the watermen of Carteret county play and important rolle by providing seafood to locals and distant markets as well. This is the view from Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The park features a mile and a half of undeveloped beach. It is a perfect place for beach combing, shore brid watching and surf fishing. It also contains the Elliot Coues Nature trail which passes through maritime forest, past salt marsh and over the dune zone which provides views of the ocean and beach.

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  1. Steve Heap December 12, 2022 at 10:29 am #

    I get to see fall leaves on the hills of West Virginia – you get to see the ocean and these lovely images of boats returning from their fishing! Great shots! I think the first one is my favorite with the masses of birds in front and around the boat and the rocks lead the eye nicely to the main subject. Great trip!

  2. Steve Estvanik December 12, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

    Wonderful pix of the boats in action, esp’ly the flocks of birds they attract.

  3. Louis Dallara December 13, 2022 at 7:24 am #

    Great sea life, my faviote.

  4. Jim Cook December 13, 2022 at 9:46 pm #

    Really love the color photos, extraordinary! I was especially drawn to the B&W.

  5. Bill Swartwout December 15, 2022 at 5:59 pm #

    These are wonderful images of the shrimp boats in action. It is amazing the number of birds they attract that are looking for an easy meal. The very first photograph is my favorite – it is truly outstanding.

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