Belhaven Sunsets

Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina
Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina

As a general rule, I have gravitated away from trying to chase sunsets per se, as more often than not I end up waiting around for something that doesn’t happen.  I do enjoy spending time on a beach that faces away from the sunset, as the soft light on the water is often conducive to the motion blur photos I have become so fond of.

Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina
Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina

Back in early November, Kathy & I visited Belhaven, NC.  One of our frequent destinations, we often use the location as a jumping off point for trips around the eastern part of the state, looking for fishing boats, old barns or sometimes waterfowl.

Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina
Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina

For some reason though, I often find it worth my time to be “out” for sunset in Belhaven.  Something there just causes the conditions to be good for great color.  The downside is that there is not a lot of variety for foregrounds.  There are a few docks, but they are all on private property and I tend to respect that.  I do have a nice sunrise place where I have gotten permission from the owner to use her place when I am in town, and that has proven to be a good spot.

Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina
Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina

The great thing about sunset in Belhaven is that the bed & breakfast we stay at is on Water Street, so it’s easy to head out the door, grab my gear from the car and head across the street to the waterfront. For the last several years I have used the back yard of an unoccupied house as my staging area, and that is the place I have taken most of my sunset photos in Belhaven.

Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina
Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina

During our recent visit I found out that this house was recently sold.  I met the new owner, and he seems like a real nice guy, but I’m not sure I will be able to keep using his yard for my photos.  The next time I go there I’m planning to take him a couple of prints as a goodwill gesture, and hopefully he’ll grant me a perpetual pass to use his place.  We’ll just have to see.

Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina
Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina

So what’s the deal with these posts?  I assume that they are leftover from a long-abandoned dock, and eventually someone is either going to build a new dock or just pull out these posts.  Something about them calls my name, and every time I go there I end up shooting at least a few frames of them.  They make interesting subject matter, to me at least.

Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina
Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina

I hope you enjoy this selection of sunset photos from Belhaven, North Carolina!

Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina
Sunset over Pantego Creek, on the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina

12 thoughts on “Belhaven Sunsets”

  1. I think you’d have to search far and wide to find a photographer that didn’t like sunsets. These are excellent examples. I think those posts were left there for photographers.

  2. I am a close relative of the former owner and I can tell you that the posts were from a long ago pier washed away in a hurricane.

  3. Thanks for sharing the photos Tom! The sunsets in Belhaven are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I moved here from Raleigh several years ago and I’m still not tired of seeing them! Your photos are awesome! Ever thought about selling them?

  4. My husband and I are the former owners of the vacant house you refer to in these sunset pictures. And you are right, those post are from a long ago pier. As a child my husband fished and rowed boats from that pier. Our children remember watching the famous Belhaven 4th of July fireworks from Grandma Hannah’s dock. Fond memories abound from those post.

    1. I appreciate knowing a little more about the history of the house as well as the posts, and I’m glad that they are still there for me to share some memories. Thanks for commenting!

  5. thanks so much for these beautiful pictures. The pier in the background of one of your photos is my parents place. I used to play in Mrs Hannah’s yard as a child so that view is very familiar to me. I’m living overseas right now so this post made my day. Happy new year to you!

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