Bald Head Island Life



Just off the coast of southeastern North Carolina lies a one-of-a-kind destination called Bald Head Island. Accessible only by passenger ferry, Bald Head offers a unique sense of being a million miles away, even if you happen to live in Wilmington, like we do, which is a mere 50-minute drive up highway 17.

In my twenties, I'd go in with a group of about 10 other people to rent a house on Bald Head in the off season. That was thirty years ago, and it is still my favorite destination, and off season still my favorite time of year. A sense of calm tends to wash over you the instant you cross the threshold of the ferry. Transportation on the island is by golf cart, which also contributes to that freeing sense of peace. In other words, you'd have to work pretty hard to be stressed on that island.

Bald Head Island is dedicated to an impressive long-range conservation plan, insuring that certain parts of the island are never developed, and that certain species that call the island home are protected. When you see the scenery this plan has preserved, you'll want to thank whoever it was who knew they were saving something special.

I have photographed Bald Head scenes for a long time, but never as much as I did while my children were growing up there, visiting whenever we could, multiple times a year. I am grateful for the memories we've made there, as it is an ideal spot for simplistic, basic, living-in-the-moment family time away from the rat race of daily life. In my shop you'll find images of classic Bald Head icons like Old Baldy and Captain Charlie's station, as well as scenes taken from above the island with a drone camera. Please feel free to contact me if you see an image you like not offered on a product you prefer. I am happy to work with you on any special requests.




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Wilmington, Figure 8 Island, and Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Bald Head Island, North Carolina

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