Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cape Fear River

A shot of the Cape Fear river bathed in the soft golden glow of sunrise and early morning mist.

The Cape Fear river, 202 miles long,  is located in the east-central part of North Carolina.  The river runs into the Atlantic Ocean at Bald Head Island.  When the river was first explored and charted, the river was named Cape Fair.

Frying Pan Shoals which extends beyond Bald Head Island, is a shallow rock ledge and shifting sands that lines the outflow of the Cape Fear. This is the southern boundary of the "Graveyard of the Atlantic".

In early times of exploration, many ships fell victim to the rock ledge and were shipwrecked which led to calling the river Cape Fear versus Cape Fair. Despite several attempts in the early years to give the river a more gentle name, i.e., Cape Fair, Cape Faire, the fear explorers felt when navigating ships in the area, Cape Fear stuck.

a Great Blue Heron flies across the river
Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower, which marked the outflow rock ledge from the Cape Fear,  is an off-shore "lighthouse"  that was originally operated by the USCG.  The light station was automated in 1976 and deactivated in 2003.  The platform tower was purchased by a private citizen and is now being turned into a unique Bed and Breakfast.


Coppertop said...

I love your first photo Paula. It is just stunning.

Paula said...

Thanks Liz but I was a little disappointed. You know how sometimes what you see just does not translate to the photo...this was one. The rich, warm, golden glow just did not come across like I hoped. Oh well, I still think it is a nice view of the river.

ME2NC said...

Love the golden glow, Paula. I read this post earlier and just came back to it. I had to check to see exactly where the Cape Fear was because I just thought it was just near Wilmington. Now I know that it goes way further into this state than I thought. I learned quite a lot today by reading your post. Thanks.

Paula said...

Thanks Gladys, I am glad the post was informative. Yeah, it is one of the main rivers in the state. The topography changes so much along the river that it is a neat river to explore.