The Bodie Island Lighthouse is a sight to behold at 170' with 214 steps inside to the top. This is one of the last remaining brick lighthouses in the United States and one of the oldest. The original site of this lighthouse near Oregon Inlet is now underwater as is most of this island which is constantly shifting. Located in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, the coast here is infamous for shipwrecks having been coined as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". Several wrecks can actually be seen directly from the beac itself.
On this particular morning I woke up extra early with the hopes up getting great light. The prior day it has stormed nonstop but today's was promising with clearing clouds expected. Usually light is best right after a storm and it was, just not as the sun rose. Instead, the area surrounding the lighthouse, which is full of tall grasses and marshland; was dark, ominous, and downright eerie. Being the only nut job up that early I had the landscape to myself along with this beautiful boardwalk which takes you around the property and leads your eye directly to the light itself. I don't do many black and whites but this image well served as such in this case given the cloudy, dark start to the morning.