Radiant – Bodie Island Lighthouse Autumn Boardwalk

Equipment Info
Nearest Area
Outer Banks Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Nags Head

Low autumn sun cuts through radiant fog and side lights an early morning landscape of the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The presence of fog was a topic of conversation as I explored the Outer Banks this past week. After some light research, I found that radiant fog forms overnight as the ground releases its heat to the atmosphere and water droplets are suspended in the air when the relative humidity at ground level is near one-hundred percent. However, in coastal areas the presence of salt in the air as the result of nearby crashing waves allows low fog to form even when the relative humidity is only around seventy percent, giving the visitor a greater than average chance of seeing this ground cloud activity at certain locations such as Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I loved the brownish autumn colors and fog in this photograph because of their strong connection to the autumn season, thus making this a strong depiction of a place during a specific time. Bodie Island Lighthouse's restoration began in January of 2010 with a budget of roughly three million dollars. Scaffolding surrounded the structure by February of the same year; however, the structural integrity of the platform on the tower was found to be insufficient and outside of the budget. The scaffolding was removed by March of 2011 and the project was stalled. In January of 2012 a new contract just shy of two million was awarded, by March of 2012 the scaffolding once again surrounded the lighthouse, and a year later, around March of 2013 most of the repairs were completed. In April of 2013 Bodie Island Lighthouse was once again re-opened to visitors to climb the tower.

Date Added
November 4, 2013
Date Taken
November 4, 2013