The first photo in the Alice Collection. On August 4th, 2021, Hurricane Isaias hit Oak Island as a category one storm. A nine-foot storm surge combined with high tide devastated the beachfront. Hundreds of homes were damaged, and the beach dunes were pushed back toward Davis Canal. The storm also damaged several of the scenic walkways across the Davis Canal.
I decided to stay out of the way of the repairs on the beach. On August 5th, I started riding a bicycle along the Intracoastal waterway. This photo is the first photo taken in the Alice Collection.
I took the photos in this collection in the same location near the “Crab Dock” on Yacht drive.
For My Aunt Alice
When I was young many of the vacations my family took were to the beach. My aunt Alice has always loved the ocean. She eventually moved to the beach and annual trips to visit her became a favorite of mine. When I was in high school, I was invited to spend the summers and stay on the beach. Those summers changed my life. I learned to love and respect the ocean. When my aunt retired then moved back to the mountains near were she grew up. When I found out that she really enjoyed my beach photos, I decided to started taking photos and posting them for her. This collection of photographs were taken for her.
Oak Island North Carolina
I have been spending time on Oak Island, North Carolina, since the late 70s. It was known as Long Beach until 1999. At that time, Long Beach and Yaupon Beach‘s towns came together and became the Town of Oak Island. People have been living on Oak Island since the late 19th century. The island is home to the Civil War-era Fort Caswell that was constructed in 1838. The island became a popular fox hunting destination in the 1930s. The island growth started with the construction of the high-rise Barbee Bridge in 1975. This growth continued with the completion of a second high-rise bridge, the Swain’s Cut Bridge.