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PELICAN BRIEF

About five hours south of Washington, DC, and off the coast of North Carolina, are located a group of barrier islands. Known as the 'Outer Bank,' they include some of the best beach areas on the East Coast of the United States. They also include the site of Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers first proved the plausibility of heavier than air flight in December of 1903.


We had spent a week on a family vacation in the town of Corolla in the Outer Banks, savoring the almost perfect weather that had prevailed for a week. On the morning of our departure for Virginia, we drove out to a desolate beach north of Corolla, where no roads exist — just sand, water and wild ponies, descendants of horses said to have been abandoned by Spanish Conquistadores almost five hundred years ago (see ws). 

Driving on terrain where only four-wheel drive vehicles are permitted, I kept seeing a small flock of pelicans flying north and south. They were patrolling the shore, clearly in search of breakfast. Guided by a skillful leader, they were skimming the surface of the waves — flapping, coasting, flapping again... and suddenly diving! When I found a clearing, a flat patch of sand, I pulled over and rapidly shot half a dozen images, each prettier than the last. In this photo the pelicans make a subtle appearance below the sunburst effect.

This is the first of a series of photos I will be posting during the next few weeks.
 The name, 'Pelican Brief,' is inspired by the title of a 1993 Hollywood film, starring Julia Roberts and Denzell Washington, and has nothing to do with the brief appearance of the birds.

Warm regards to my Trekearth friends.

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