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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 06/23/2009

An Atlantic Sunrise: Nags Head, North Carolina

By Kevin Ambrose

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The sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean during a beautiful morning at Nags Head, North Carolina, June 9, 2009.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina have been a popular vacation destination for the D.C. area residents for many years. The Outer Banks have 130 miles of beaches, including some of the most beautiful and undeveloped beaches along the East Coast. I was fortunate to make a trip two weeks ago to Nags Head to enjoy the sun and surf, to do a bit of fishing, and to relax with some fine beach weather.

Keep reading for another photo and a sunrise video from June 9, which shows the surf, pelicans, and a dolphin.

Every morning, I would awake around 5 a..m to photograph and film the sunrise over the ocean, then I'd hop back into bed and sleep until 8 or 9 a.m. before going back out to the beach. Of the sunrises, June 9 was my favorite. The sky and water were alive with gulls, pelicans, and dolphins as the sun and clouds produced a beautiful display of color. Check out the video of the sunrise from that day (above), it shows a lot more context than the still photographs.

The sun has risen over the ocean at Nags Head, North Carolina, June 9, 2009.

By Kevin Ambrose  | June 23, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Ah, a perfect summertime video. I'm heading down there myself in August.

Any famous Outer Banks storms hit while you were down there?

Posted by: dinermail | June 23, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I know two families that chose to ride out hurricanes while at the Outer Banks. Very foolish decisions, but both storms ultimately produced very little damage and the families did not have to cut their vacations short. I've been at the Outer Banks during a Nor'easter, which was very unpleasant, but not dangerous. Otherwise, I have missed the big storms.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | June 24, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

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