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Happy Browsing - Gerry & Pat


IMGP1501-croppedJinx CreekSunset settles over Jinks Creek, OIB




Roanoke Island ~~ Gateway to the Outer Banks

July 15, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Back to Biking Sunset Beach

March 29, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

IMG_20210325_091631 (2)Sun Cruiser BicyclesTaking a break on the jetty at the Little River Inlet One of our favorite pastimes is bicycling and especially biking the islands. Once the pandemic blew up last spring, it seemed that everyone realized that they should be out on bikes! Our bikes were on their last legs and their trip to the bikeyard was imminent! Sadly however, we were not quick enough on the draw to replace our bikes. Demand across the country went through the roof and supplies dwindled to nothing. It was a welcome sign a short while ago when I saw that supplies were starting to catch up with demand. Given the expense in repairing, we decided to bite the bullet and get a couple new ones while we could!

Given the great bikes that we purchased from Island Hoppers some time ago, we chose to go back to them for our replacements. If you're in the market for new bicycles, or just renting for a vacation, Island Hoppers is where you want to shop! It'll feel like home because it is! Local people serving their local community! We chose Sun Cruisers again. They are perfect for our environment as they are lightwieght, alloy cruisers with a 3 speed in the hub shifter and dual breaks, coaster and cable.

Speaking of our biking environment, after biking the Carolina beaches, we have concluded that the best beach for bicycling, bar none, is Sunset Beach. There are a host of reasons we like Sunset the best:

  • It's the widest beach at low tide. (Remember, Sunset Beach is the only Carolina island that accretes sand!)
  • At anywhere between the half tides (approx 3 hours before low and 3 hours after), the shoreline is smooth, hard packed and level making your pedaling a breeze (unless of course there's a breeze!)
  • It's the smallest of the 4 Brunswick County islands at just over 4 miles from east to west making a full island trip fairly easy.
  • With nearly 2 miles of undeveloped Bird Island, there are countless spots to stop and enjoy the surroundings without back to back homes obstructing your views.
  • The Little River Inlet at the jetty is the deepest access point out to the ocean so you're likely to see many boats traveling through.
  • Any trip across Bird Island necessitates a stop at the Kindred Spirit Mailbox and if there is enough time there is a lovely hiking trail that starts just before the mailbox and will bring you deep into the island where you can explore the many facets of the maririme forest.

IMG_20210325_091149 (2)Living Sand DollarIf you can feel their little 'feet'....then you know they are alive. Another interesting factoid contributing to making the ride enjoyable: sand dollars. Because Sunset Beach is so relatively flat both at the shoreline and many miles out to sea, the surf does not tend to move rocks and shells onto the shore, except for sand dollars. You can find them mostly on the west end of the island in the shallow tidal pools as the tide recedes. Just please remember....sand dollars start out as living sea creatures. If you find them living, please leave them in that state.


We invite you to browse through some photos from our ride that day. Clicking on the photo below will launch the Instagram gallery where you can scroll through the photos or if you prefer, please have a look at them on our website in the Bird Island gallery. Viewing any photo there will also afford you the opportunity to purchase any photo in a number of different formats!

new kindred.framedKindred Spirit MailboxBack in the day when the mailbox was more protected...but not for long!

You can follow our trip via Strava by clicking below. Download the app to track your rides and workouts.

Hiking the Vereen Botanical Gardens

March 19, 2021  •  Leave a Comment


This time of the year when it's still a tad chilly for swimming, lots of families are searching for alternative activities, such as hiking. There aren't a ton of marked trails in the area, but one such place is in Little River just as NC turns into SC and it's called Vereen Botanical Gardens. It is one of the very few places where you can get an unobstructed walk and view down to the intracoastal waterway. There are miles of trails throghout the thickly wooded areas of the park as well as a number of over marsh walkways that provide some stunning views of both the marsh and the waterway. You'll see pleasure boats, shrimp boats. gambling boats, fishing boats and so much more. Bring some chairs and fishing poles/crab pots as you can fish right off of the dock over the waterway or right along the shoreline. Check it out....adults, kids and pets very welcome!

Get a preview of what awaits you by scrolling through the instagram photos just below.






Visit the Vereen gallery where you can see many more photos, all of whch can be purchased on the website in many different formats.

Here you'll find a map and directions to the park. An easy drive from just about anywhere.



Tim's Used Books

March 16, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Our photography business began in earnest a short while after we moved to the Carolinas, hence the name of our business: Our Carolina Shore. The region left very little to want for in terms of subjects to photograph and our mission since then has been to photograph as much of our Carolina shore as we possibly can. We've photographed from the Outer Banks (as far north as Nags Head) down to Beaufort, SC and so very many places in between. What I've learned from our vacationing customers is that they want to bring home with them a little piece of their stay so that they can have it with them at home until their return. For that reason, the vast majority of printed photos that you'll find at any of our events are photos from that general area. 

Since we still do have numerous connections in New England and take a number of trips that way, we also have many photos from our favorite spots along the New England shore. Sometimes I'll even sneak a few of these photos into our displays here in the Carolinas! One of my most favorite places to shoot is Provincetown on Cape Cod. The people, the colors, the architecture, the angles and the alleys are just fascinating. One photo I took recently was of Tim's Used Books, a landmark in P-town for nearly 30 years (read more about Tim here). Most of the time I see my photos as simply capturing a space in time to remember forever. This photo hit me a little differently and I wanted to see if an image not germane to the specific locale would generate any interest. I decided to have it printed as a canvas and within a couple hours of having it on display for the first time, it sold. I then went a step farther and had it printed and framed with a wonderful whitewashed wooden frame made from reclaimed lumber which complements the picket fence along the alley so perfectly! Much to my surprise, it continues to sell. At a recent event, a couple was guessing between themselves as to the location of the photo where one said Charleston and the other (much to my dismay!) said Provincetown!! The frame can be purchased directly from pictureframes.com (or we can purchase and frame the canvas for you).

Here is the brick alley leading you to Tim's. You can purchase this photo in many formats including canvas prints by clicking on the photo where you will be redirected to the store.

tims booksTim's Used BooksHidden at the end of a narrow alley you'll find mystery and magic within the dusty shelves  

Here is the canvas framed in a barnwood frame created with lumber reclaimed from barns across the American landscape.

tim's books2Framed CanvasWhite, barnboard floater frame

We'd love to have you stop by and see Tim's Used Books in person at any of our upcoming events or you can purchase directly through the galleries or by contacting us directly.

February 2021 "Snow Moon"

February 27, 2021  •  Leave a Comment


A hazy, mostly clear night provided the perfect opportunity to get out and capture the 'Snow Moon' of 2021. We drove down to the Southestern point on the island at Katama Point. Katama is a residential area in the town of Edgartown, Massachusetts, on the south shore of Martha's Vineyard. It is bordered on the west by Edgartown Great Pond, on the east by Katama Bay and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. The moon rose beautifully up over Chappy and across Katama Bay. Here are some photos from that early evening. You can see many more views of the Vineyard by clicking here.

Click on the photo below and scroll right for more. All photos are available in many formats including digital downloads at just $2 each.