This photo was taken on the beach near Fort Macon at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Many who walk this beach carry a collecting bag and scan the large offerings of seashells for just that perfect shell to take home as a souvenir. The woman walking on the left in the photo already has a start on her collection.
Fort Macon State Park at Beaufort Inlet at the eastern end of Bogue Banks in North Carolina is a popular destination for vacationers. Garrisoned during the Civil War (by both sides in turn), the Spanish–American War, and World War II, it has a long (albeit non-continuous) military history. In addition to guided tours of the casemates restored to their original functions, tourists can view reinactments of the “Evening Gun” (loading and firing of a 19th Century cannon) and the loading and firing of a 19th Century musket of the type used by both North and South during the Civil War. The photo shows a demonstration of musket firing at the moment of detonation. (The ammunition used is a two-ply toilet paper Minié ball.)
These clouds were momentarily above the entrance to Beaufort Inlet at the eastern point of Bogue Banks, near Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The photo was taken from atop the covertway (outer wall) of Fort Macon, now a state park, which was built between 1826 and 1834 to protect Beaufort Inlet and Beaufort Harbor. The clouds seemed to be announcing a storm that arrived the next day.