Our Sam Bland captured Thursday this image of snow-capped dunes at the Point in Emerald Isle, the westernmost tip of Bogue Banks.
Doug Waters of Morehead City captured this image of a rainbow over the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in November at Buxton.
Doug Waters of Morehead City captured this image of a female monarch on Oct. 2 in the zinnia field in Cape Carteret.
Carl Lewis of Rocky Mount recently shared this image he captured of pelicans at sunset.
Our Sam Bland captured this image of the Milky Way Aug. 20 from a public beach access boardwalk near the point of Bogue Banks in Emerald Isle.
Our Sam Bland captured this image of the solar eclipse near its peak Monday at the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s headquarters near Newport.
Carl Lewis of Rocky Mount captured Wednesday evening the sunset in Emerald Isle. Photo: Carl Lewis
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, far right, administers the oath of office recently to newly appointed members of the state Environmental Management Commission, from left, Stan Meiburg, Richard Whisnant, Mitch Gillespie, Marion Deerhake and Steve Keen. Photo: Contributed
Severe weather produced water spouts and a tornado Monday morning on the Outer Banks, as shown in this photo made near Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. Photo: Jennifer Miller
A young man maneuvers his stand-up paddle board in the waters of Pamlico Sound at Ocracoke Island. Photo: Dave DeWitt
A severe storm cell moves in at Cape Lookout early on May 30. Photo: Joel Elliott
The May full moon, called the Flower Moon, rises over the Bogue Inlet pier on Emerald Isle. Photo: Sam Bland
The late-afternoon sunlight casts rich hues over the dunes at Bogue Inlet in Emerald Isle. Photo: Sam Bland
Thousands of wintering tundra swans take to Pungo Lake in the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, as seen from the perspective of the easternmost observation platform. Photo: Doug Waters
Before taking off, a pelican stretches its wings for a brief moment in Swansboro. Photo: Justin Webb
A snowy egret makes his way across the rock jetty at Fort Fisher, seeking shelter from the brisk January wind. Photo: Terri Chabot