In the low-relief Outer Banks, bridges stand out prodigiously. I am particularly fond of the U.S. Highway 64 bridge that runs from Nags Head over to Manteo on Roanoke Island.

Figure 1. U.S. Highway 64 bridge at Pirates’ Cove. Manteo, N.C. Photo: author.

On 23 November I finally was in the right place at the right time to pull off the highway and get a proper shot of the bridge’s pilings from the landfill adjacent to Pirates’ Cove. Arrr, mateys! I’m sorry: there were honest-to-God pirates in this part of the world in, like, 1700, but to call this stand of McMansions “Pirates’ Cove” invites a skeptical response. I spare the gentle reader the sight.

But I digress. A setting sun shed golden light on the pilings, warming up their fairly nondescript concrete. But of course it’s the rhythmic repetition of the architecture and the graceful curve that are attractive here.

Figure 2. U.S. Highway 64 bridge at Pirates’ Cove. Manteo, N.C. Photo: author.

Two days earlier I had betaken myself to the outlet mall in Nags Head where there is a good, mostly unobstructed view to the southwest. From there I captured some nice images of the bridge with the sunset as a foil. Getting the gold of the sky under the bridge to highlight the pilings was a stroke of luck.

Figure 3. U.S. Highway 64 bridge from Nags Head outlet mall in high golden hour. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Birds were flying south the whole time we were in Nags Head, but I think the flock in lines here are Seagull natives to this area. People were migrating into the area (as we had) for the Thanksgiving holiday. I caught a few of them coming in over the bridge as the sun was going under that same day.

Figure 4. U.S. Highway 64 from Nags Head outlet mall as golden hour fades to blue. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Nikon Z 7ii with 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (figures 1-2) and Z 24-200 mm f/4-6.3 lens (figures 3-4).

Figure 1. 70 mm, f/11, ISO 64, 1/80 s.
Figure 2. 24 mm, f/8, ISO 64, 1/100 s.
Figure 3. 200 mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/200 s.
Figure 4. 200 mm, f/8, ISO 64, 1/20 s.

Edited with Luminar AI.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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