Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

This is an extended exposure (about 15min) of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, NC out on the Outer Banks. We were lucky that we had a full moon that night while I was taking the shot so I didn’t have to light up the subject artificially.

The Lighthouse was built in 1870, and is the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, the lighthouse is currently not in its original location.  In 1999, it was decided that the ocean had come too close to the base of the lighthouse and was threatening its structural integrity.  On June 5th, they began what is known as “the Big Move.” With the lighthouse fully intact, they lifted it off its original base and moved it about 2,900 feet SW to its current location.

This park was probably one of our favorite locations, and the view from 200 feet up was sweeping and spectacular. I hope you enjoy this gem of a park.

We camped in the National Park campground.