Did you see Venus and the new moon these last several evenings? They are spectacular...and will be so for another few days, while the moon is just a sliver. Look up in the early night sky above the horizon where the sun sets.
If you are on the island be sure to take a stroll on the beach. Yesterday afternoon there were dozens of dolphins frolicking just beyond the breakers, big, dark-skinned adults, and smaller, grayer juveniles. Farther out were cormorants...thousands of cormorants, first in a seemingly endless dark line moving north, then settled on the ocean as one great dark mass of undulating life.
We looked for the seal but didn't see it. We heard that the day before someone (I've forgotten who now) spotted a seal resting up on the beach. It's been a number of years since I've seen a seal on Ocracoke, but they do stop by here every once in a while.
Yesterday was a great day to spend an hour on the beach. Lachlan stripped down to his underwear and ran around barefooted. He even waded into the water...but didn't stay long.
Whether you're on the island or not, take time to enjoy the night sky, the outdoors, and your friends and family. Life is short.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter provides more information about the majestic live oaks on Ocracoke Island. You can read it here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.