There are multiple public beach access points in the Outer Banks barrier island towns of Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, NC. This image was created at the access located near Blackman Street in Nags Head, off NC 12 (Virginia Dare Trail).
Seaside Goldenrod is our annual herald of autumn here on the Outer Banks of NC. It reaches its peak in October, lending a bright, vibrant yellow hue to the fall dunescapes. Tolerant of both drought and high salinity, seaside goldenrod, while a member of the aster family, produces a heavy, sticky pollen that is not easily wind-borne and thus is not a significant contributor to seasonal allergies, unlike ragweed which it resembles. I look forward each year to its blooming since our coastal barrier island does not have plentiful hardwoods that give the same fall splash of color as other locations enjoy.