Bodie Island Lighthouse outer banks north carolina

Icon - Bodie Island Lighthouse Outer Banks NC

Truly an icon of the state of North Carolina, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is a historic treasure on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore along the barrier islands known as the Outer Banks of NC. OBX, as the locals call it, is a beach vacation destination that offers many fun adventures and beautiful sights to see, including miles of pristine beaches, and it's many historic lighthouses that are definitely must see attractions of coastal North Carolina.

Early autumn mornings at Bodie Island Lighthouse are always something I look forward to, and it has become an annual ritual for me as a much needed relaxing getaway after the hectic autumn season schedule in the mountains. It's always a treat to be there during the morning hours as the low angled warm light of golden hour highlights the edges of this iconic structure making it seem larger than life, as if it extends higher into the sky than even the sun itself. The lack of visitors so early in the day really allows you time to appreciate all there is here to take in, the history of the lighthouse and the role it played in protecting people in the dangerous waters along this coast, the feat of engineering it took to build a monument like this 150+ years ago, the people who have protected and cared for this national treasure to preserve it for us all to enjoy, and the beautiful nature of the surrounding marsh lands that are rich with wildlife going on about their daily routines. No longer needed to serve it's original purpose, this lighthouse now stands as a monument to the rich history and culture of coastal life in North Carolina, an icon symbolizing much of what people love about this beautiful state.

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